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In the third installment of the Venators series, Rune, Grey, and their companions Beltran and Verida have set off together to save their mentor Tate from the gladiator games. As their group struggles to stay together under the strain of their situation, Rune’s twin brother Ryker is falling more surely into the clutches of Zio the sorceress, who has her own plots for the future of Eon, and the Venators.
The path will be forged in sweat and blood.
Rune, Grey, the shape-shifter Beltran, and willful vampire, Verida, set out to rescue their friend and mentor, Tate, from the gladiator games. But first they must navigate the perils of Eon and its warring factions. Each of this band of four carries with them a secret that threatens to tear their group apart from within. Rune now bears the mark of the promise she made to save Grey’s life-a nixie bubble lodged in her arm that could call her away to do their bidding or spell her death.
Even as their loyalty to their cause and to one another faces its greatest test, Rune’s twin brother Ryker is forging an alliance with their mortal enemy, the powerful sorceress Zio, who has plans of her own for the Venators and Eon. Hearts will be bared, secrets unveiled, and relationships made and destroyed in this stunning new installment of the Venators series.
I am loving this series and I must say it’s showing no signs of flagging yet.
In the third instalment, Rune and Grey are on a mission to recuse their friend and mentor Tate from Gladiator camp where he escaped form. Tate is desperate to see his wife and children and rune and Grey are desperate to get Tate back in one piece.
The partnership between Rune and Grey continues to mature and develop as they become more in tune and each use their strengths to support the other in this new way of life. Having both being ‘human’ for so long, they still have a lot to learn about life on the other side (Eon) and appropriate ways of behaving in different circumstances. It’s these ‘flaws’ and the addition of human qualities that make Rune and Grey such interesting characters to follow. Both characters are changing and are well developed on their journey as Venators but still retain heart and a conscience. Book 3 also provides us with more information about Beltran, a key figure and ally in the plot.
I found myself completely leaving this world behind and entering the world of Eon every time I picked up this book. Fantasy isn’t my main genre, but Walls makes it easy to become emerged into her world and everything just smoothly flows. New and familiar creatures exist, and everything is so vividly described – it felt real and familiar despite being original and unique.
An excellent balance of fantasy, epic battles and character development this series continues to excel.
Author Bio – Devri Walls
Devri Walls is a US and international bestselling author. Having released five novels to date, she specializes in all things fantasy and paranormal. She is best known for her uncanny worldbuilding skills and her intricate storylines, and her ability to present this all in an easy-to-digest voice. Now gearing up for her first national release, Devri is excited to introduce her sixth novel, book one in the Venators series. She loves to engage with her loyal following through social media and online sessions she organizes for her readers. Devri lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband and two kids. When not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, reading, cooking or binge watching whatever show catches her fancy.