Tour Review: Volcrian’s Hunt by T. L. Shrieffler
Okay, this is a few hours late because my kid had to pick the one night I didn’t have my post scheduled early to not sleep. GRRR!
Thanks for T. L. Shreffler for asking me to be a part of the tour. I loved the first two books, so it was an easy decision to review the third book. You can check out my reviews of book 1 and 2 HERE.
My review of VOLCRIAN’S HUNT contains only minor spoilers from the other books and should be okay to read if you haven’t read the series. I do wholeheartedly recommend this series for those that like fantasy that isn’t predictable. There are dark moments in this book, but nothing as traumatic as what happened in book two.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the tour!
Volcrian’s Hunt by T. L. Shrieffler
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Runaway Pen
Published: September 30th, 2913
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble
A plague is spreading across the land. Crops are rotting. People are dying in the streets. Sora, with the help of her magical Cat’s Eye necklace, is the only one who can stop it. She must travel overseas to the Lost Isles, a place of legend and mystery. Only there can she destroy the bloodmage, Volcrian, putting an end to the curse. She is accompanied by Crash, a lethal assassin who once threatened—and saved—her life. But Sora is beginning to question her dark companion. He seems to be carrying a secret; a hidden past that could endanger them all. Meanwhile, they are hunted by an underground society known as the Shade. For centuries, the Shade has waited for the perfect opportunity to step into the light. Now they are perilously close to resurrecting a Dark God and unleashing a wave of unimaginable destruction. They only need to collect the three sacred weapons, and Sora has already found two….
VOLCRIAN’S HAND won’t disappoint fans of THE CAT’S EYE CHRONICLES. Though it isn’t quite as shocking or traumatic as the first two books, the events that unfold in this book are both unpredictable and captivating.
Alas, the love-triangle present in book two ended and the romance that finally develops between Sora and her companion is both sweet and slow. I’m so happy that these two characters finally connected, even though the third wheel will be truly missed. Sigh. The chemistry between them is so genuine and restrained. It’s not like a typical YA book, where the main characters are gushing their never-ending love for each other by chapter two. With these two, you feel the love. It’s implied instead of forced down your throat like a bottle of maple syrup. Uck.
Although I liked the scenes with Sora’s mother, I don’t quite like her, especially as the book progressed. Maybe because she’s over-confident because Healers have the equivalent of diplomatic immunity and those type of people I like to see trip, fall on their face, and learn some humility. Eh, maybe it’s just me. Her drunk companion is possibly my favorite minor character of the book, especially after I learned of his background. The other minor characters from book one and two are still here, but they don’t get much screen time. I liked how they retained their depth and unique personalities despite this and I’m really hoping that they show up in the next book.
There were one or two scenes were the POV wasn’t consistent and I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. I think the main time this happened was when Sora met up with her shipwrecked companions. Besides these few scenes, the chapters flowed seamlessly. The world building is unique and the settings colorful. I can’t help but wish that there was some sort of map attached to the book so I could ‘map’ out where places are in relationship to each other.
I do recommend that you read the first two books in the series before diving into this one. There are enough hints scattered throughout the story of the events in previous books to ease confusion, although it will be hard to understand why Sora’s cat’s-eye is both a blessing and a curse for her.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.)
A noblewoman, an assassin, and a soul-stealing necklace….
Sora planned on running away from her wedding, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go—not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.
But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power—or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)
Sora is having visions. Strange, terrifying visions brought on by her Cat’s Eye necklace, an ancient and magical device. Spurred to action, she leaves her mother’s cabin to find Crash, the mysterious assassin who once changed her life. She is certain that together, they can discover what the necklace is trying to tell her.
Crash is still on the run from the dark sorcerer, Volcrian, but now a plague is spreading across the land. Volcrian’s quest for vengeance has awakened something far more evil than himself; a force that could destroy the entire kingdom. Together, he and Sora must harness the power of the Cat’s Eye and kill the sorcerer before it’s too late.