Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: A Darker Shade Of Sorcery by William Collins

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by Will   Collins
Book: A Darker Shade of Sorcery (The Realmers #1)
Author: Will Collins
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy
Summary from Goodreads:
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-operas 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.  
My Review:
A Darker Shade of Sorcery is a darker fantasy but is fun at the same time, if that makes sense. I really enjoyed reading it and am going to be on the lookout for more books by this author.

Evan doesn't really have a good life, he never knew his parents and was raised by his "grandmother" who is actually no relation to him. He is bullied by the kid's at school and doesn't have any friends. That all changes when he is taken to another realm, Veneseron, which is a school for demon hunters. Here he is given a week to start training to become a demon hunter. He has the option to leave and go back to Earth after a week. Fortunantly for him he decides to stay. Evan has finally found somewhere he belongs and fits in. Things seem to be going well for him.

Brooke has a somewhat normal life. Her family although doesn't really like her and could care less if she was around or not. She too is taken and has the same option to stay or leave. Evan and Brooke become fast friends and continue to make friends with some of the other Venators.

The world that Collins created is dark, magical and entertaining all at the same time. There are so many characters that I could not keep track of them all. The statues move, talk and can do some things to people. The students train to become demon hunters and have to move up the ranks to be able to go out to other realms to fight the demons. But they never expected to have demons invade Veneseron.

I really liked Evan and Brooke but I loved Jed, he is so funny and such a likeable character. I also really liked reading and learning about Arantay. This book just has so much to offer, with all the characters, different types of monsters, all the cool magic and a bit of romance. What's not to like? The last part of the book is really good and fast paced. We learn some really crazy dark things about who Evan and Brooke's real parents are.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I recommend this if you like fantasy with a some darkness to it. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
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