RELEASE DATE: December 9th 2019
AUTHOR: Kelsey Quick
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Vampires, Paranormal.
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans like cattle, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.
Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, even if by the hands of death.
But surprises lay beyond every certainty, and within every doubt. Where Wavorly’s hatred for both vampires and her enslavement once flowed free as blood, it merely trickles as she grows to admire her reserved, yet receptive master and savior, Zein.
Although warmed by comforts never felt before, danger still lurks in the castle, and a prophecy calls from beyond the walls of a lavender gate—concealing the horrific secrets still lodged between handsome smirks and cinereous eyes. It will take everything within Wavorly to face her fears and her doubts; to harness the truth of her past despite what that means for her future. The only question is, will she?
Set in a richly detailed world of fantasy, A Violet Fire is a gripping journey filled with passion, betrayal, lies, and the encouragement we all need to take a stand for our freedom—no matter the cost.
*ARC received from the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve requested this book because I like vampire novels set in a dystopian world. I didn’t put any high expectations on it, but surprisingly I found the story enjoyable. Despite having some issues, it was overall a pleasant ride. I’m not much fan of the cover though. It looks similar to the covers of J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The story follows eighteen year old Wavorly Sterling who’s a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. She was just a child when her whole town was killed by rabid vampires and she was saved by Lord Anton Zein, the most feared vampire in Cain. All the girls who were born within the stratocracy are comfortable with their life being a blood supply unit and breeders, but Wavorly comes from a world where she tasted the freedom, and she will not stop until she escapes from this hell. She absolutely hates vampires, but she starts to admire her reserved Master who seems different than other ruthless vampires, and her growing feelings for him might become a problem for her. When old secrets and betrayals are finally revealed, Wavorly didn’t know whom to trust.
I have mixed feelings about Wavorly’s character. I don’t hate her because I really admired her fierceness, but sometimes she really annoyed me. She tries to be bold and brave, but sometimes her actions seemed reckless. Nonetheless, I’m still rooting for her. The vampire Anton Zein was very very mysterious and reclusive. He’s been hiding many secrets and it seems like he has some weird fascination for Wavorly. He never brutally punished her even though she was such a trouble maker, but I’m still not sure whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy. I enjoyed the slow burn romance between Wavorly and Zein. It wasn’t too intense but loved every interaction between them. I’m not fan of Wavorly’s friends and I didn’t care for them. I liked Narref though.
The plot was a bit confusing at the beginning and it took some time for me to understand what’s really happening. Things started to make sense only after the second half. There’s a prophecy trope which I’ve seen in a lot of vampire novels. There are some surprising twists that I hadn’t seen coming. The author’s writing was easy to follow. The pace was good but there’s not much action in it. The book was written in wavorly’s first person pov. The world building was decent but I was hoping for more. The story was set in a dystopian world where vampires rule the world and humans are nothing but blood supply units. The setting gave me medieval vibes because most of the plot was set in the castle.
Overall, I enjoyed it! The book concludes with a cliffhanger and I’m definitely going to check out the next book when it comes out.
I would recommend it if you’re looking for a YA Vampire novel set in a dystopian world.
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