Blog Tour Book Review: PROMISES FORGED by Devri Walls

I received a review copy of the book in exchange for a honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

Title in white next to image of book
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 3.5 stars
Series: Yes - book 2

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for MAGIC UNLEASHED*

Synopsis:

Book cover for MAGIC FORGED: title below a character in a blue hoodie with back to screen in front of an opening door

It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.

While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey falls into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.

It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen’s territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed and Grey along with her by the dangers of Eon.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

A second series entry I enjoyed, reading through in one afternoon (interspersed with a very light-hearted middle grade, because my brain was in an odd place).

This book has a bit more politics in it, in the middle, when Rune needs to get something from the council. So she needs to quickly learn their ways and manipulate them into giving her what she wants. I really liked this (obviously, it’s me!). It probably could have had a bit more time, to make her learning feel a little more realistic, but I liked that they weren’t just running around killing people. The council has an interesting power dynamic, and it was nice to have that explored a little more.

Like with the first book, I found the relationships and character development confusing. I couldn’t quite follow who liked who, or whether they were friends or attracted. There are so many characters that working out their pairings is a nightmare. Doesn’t help that one of the character in the mess of relationships is a succubus, and tangled with Grey. But how much of that is actual relationship and how much is the creature’s magic?

Alongside this, Rune’s character change felt like a switch was flipped. She’d have a few paragraphs of sudden realisations, and they might act differently for a bit, before she went back. The book focuses much more on Rune than Grey (as he’s captured), so he didn’t feel like he had enough time for growth.

Ryker, Rune’s brother, is mentioned a few times and there are two chapters that deal with the person I assume is the series villain. However, I would have liked that to be a bigger part of the story, as it felt very additional and tangential to the story. The chapters did just feel like they were setting up the final series villain. I am a reader who prefers the villain to be present in all the books, at least impacting the plot a bit.

I am quite interested to read the next book (just released, I think?). I’m hoping the series villain starts to play a larger role, and the next book is going to focus on Tate a bit more too – and he’s a very intriguing character. I’ve got my fingers crossed for another tour in the coming months!


Read my reviews of other books by Devri Walls:

Venators (this series):

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