Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins

Title: A Darker Shade of Sorcery
Series: The Realmers, 1
Author: William Collins
Publisher: William Collins
Page Count: 371
Genre/Pairing: YA Dark Fantasy, M and F
Reviewer Name: Vela

Publisher’s Blurb
The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters. 
A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.
Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis. In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-opera’s and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.
Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon creatures to fight for him and shoot Spellzookas, Evan encounters a dangerous rival and meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way. He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn't quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.
Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.

In Darker Shade of Sorcery, William Collins did an exceptionally well job with descriptive settings and lively characters which helped move the plot along. In his story Evan Umbra, an orphan boy who wants more out of life, becomes a venator at Veneseron which is a school for demon hunters. Nervous but excited he longs to discover his magical side. This is the first book in The Realmers series
Brooke is raised by a family who shows very limited love for her at the beginning of the book. A trio of boys take her away to Veneseron where she too shall train and become a venator just like Evan. Romance appears in her future…could it be between her and Evan? Her and one of the guys who whisk her away to this other world?
Mr. Collins did a great job with setting detail, pulling me as the reader, into his fantasy world. All the creatures described in the book are different, creative, and effective. The main characters were outlined in the beginning, easily identified by the reader. What I didn’t like about the story was how the plot sounded like it began at least 100 pages into the story, capturing my undivided attention. It was difficult for me to stay interested after reading the beginning of the novel because for some reason it didn’t seem to keep me hooked. Wanting to read this book to give it an honest review, I felt like the story’s main plot didn’t begin until almost half way through the book. Also, I fell more in love with the side characters and had more emotions for the undeveloped side characters compared to the main characters. Overall I’d recommend this book to any young adult reader for its creative adventures, humor, and tales of friendship.

                                   Four Twinkling Stars

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