Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn’t possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he’d never heard before…Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.
Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it’s more than that. It’s an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she’s around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can’t understand why. All she knows is—her control is slipping.
By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.
Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council’s corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate—do they go against the council’s wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.
Rune and Ryker are twins that go to the same college. Although Ryker is the oldest twin, he is definitely the least responsible. Rune is left trying to clean up after his messes, and is constantly dragging her brother back to his dorm after he passes out drinking at parties. Her life is miserable as she is basically a babysitter for her brother, and she never gets to enjoy her own college experience. But her parents won’t understand and continue to expect her to watch over her brother. She also has started to have strange reactions to seeing certain things, such as an unexplicable desire to kill someone who looked slightly like a vampire in a picture.
Grey is Ryker’s roommate, and his college experience is awful because Ryker seems to hate him for no particular reason. Ryker recently posted a video that is making Grey’s life a living hell, but he has to keep pushing through to get through school. Grey’s only escape is when he runs, but he knows that he runs faster than regular people. He is also feeling the same rage that Rune is feeling, but he doesn’t know if he can talk to her about it without her brother getting in the way. When the two are swept away through a portal, now they can finally deal with these strange happenings.
This book throws you into the lives of these characters full-force. I immediately connected with all the characters trying to make their way through college, but these characters had a bit more on their plates. I feel like I wasn’t sure exactly where the story was going at the start because the characters were reacting to all supernatural creatures, but then I understood that this was a mixed world.
Once the pair went through the portal, the story slowed down a bit and I felt disconnected from the characters somewhat. Then, a short while later, I got into the characters that lived in the new world, and everything came together again. If people are struggling with the very middle of the book, I would suggest that they keep pushing through as they will fall in love with the characters and their new teammates in the new world quickly!
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA/NA fantasy book.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books