Title: Venators Magic Unleased (Venators #1)
Author: Devri Walls
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: October 1st, 2016
Venators: Magic Unleashed is a YA, Paranormal Fantasy novel, by Devri Walls. The book’s premise is that supernatural “monsters” come from a parallel world, and Venators who hunt monsters are humans from the other side of the gate. I thought the premise of the story was interesting and original. Several hundred years ago, Supernatural Creatures fled their side of the portal due to turmoil and encountered humans. It was initially thought humans were weak until the Venators came along. Venators are unique humans with particular strengths and instincts, which make them ideal monster hunters; according to the story, Van Helsing was the first Venator. The Venators were welcomed to the other side of the portal, where they became the law and kept the order. Venators became power-hungry and genocidal and were banished back to the earth side of the portal. Hundreds of years later the council has decided that they need young uninitiated, impressionable Venators to defeat their enemy Zio while restoring order and advancing the council’s personal agenda.
Tate is tasked with traveling to the earth side of the gate to find Venators suitable for the council’s purpose. He finds our main characters Grey and Rune together they beat the odds and make it through the portal, and to the council. Up to this point, everything was going well with the storyline; then the story became a bit ambitious. Grey and Rune decide to go on a mission against the council’s wishes, and against all the odds, they come out victorious.
Rune and Grey have absolutely no training or political acumen; the point that Venators act on instinct is pushed pretty hard. Still, all the innate ability in the world wouldn’t have given Grey and Rune the level of skill necessary to succeed even with help from their allies. That’s my only issue, with the book itself. I thought the action was great, and the writing was good.
Venators is narrated by Daniel Thomas May, who did a great job; some of the voices were a little weird, though. May did a pretty good job with Rune’s voice, but Verida’s voice gave me an odd Antonio Banderas vibe, and Grey’s voice changed permanently to a medium whisper a few chapters into the book through to end, and I had to turn the volume high to hear him. But otherwise, the narration was excellent, especially given the number of characters used.
My overall opinion of the book is that it’s a good choice, whether reading or listening, because it maintains a good balance between world-building, plot, action, and resolution; you shouldn’t hesitate to read it.