Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: VENGEANCE BORNE



Vengeance Borne is book 1 in Amanda Bonilla's new Urban Fantasy series, Sentry of Evil. Tons of action, interesting mythology and a secret society that is far from only benevolent protectors of humanity.

The blurbage:

"Fated to Hunt…
As the local hunter, and a ward of the Sentry, a secret organization dedicated to eradicating the forces of evil, Jacquelyn has been protecting the small town of McCall, Idaho for the past five years. The hours are horrible, the pay is nonexistent, she has to work with her jealous ex-boyfriend – and forget about quitting. She’s in for life.

Destined to See…
When a rugged drifter comes through town, Jacquelyn immediately knows what he is – an Empath who can read emotions and sense what others are thinking – even though it’s clear the handsome stranger has no idea what, or how powerful, he is…

A Town in Peril…
When people in McCall start turning up dead, viciously ripped to shreds as if by a wild animal, Jacquelyn knows better. Furies are loose in Idaho and hell-bent on exacting revenge. But against whom? And for what purpose? Jacquelyn has until the full moon to stop the Furies’ killing spree and save the people of McCall, figure out how to work with her ex – oh, and there’s a handsome stranger in town who’s in desperate need of some schooling…"

Jacquelyn is a Waerd, a warrior in the fight against supernatural forces. Waerds are teamed with Bearers, empaths who can heal, influence emotions, and track supernatural baddies. Unfortunately, Jacquelyn's Bearer is her ex, Finn. To say she is fed up with having people muck with emotions is an understatement. She is a badass, and sometimes grumpy (for good reason, I think), but not bitter. She still loves her town and wants to protect it. I really dug her desire to stay true to herself and her own emotions.

Micah, our unrealized empath, is coming into this world with nothing but a power that has been driving him crazy. We uncover a lot about the Sentry through his interactions with Jacquelyn and Trish, the head Sentry official for the area. He is pragmatic. His gift is a built-in BS-o-meter, so he accepts things rather quickly, but still reserves his own judgment. Those of us who enjoy a good male lead will be happy. Micah is good stuff.

Finn is an ass. Enough said.

Like I mentioned, there is action and killing, but while the murders are horrible, you get the gist without a lot of gore. I found the world intriguing, especially the mysterious Sentry. There are a lot of secrets to be uncovered.

There are some romantic elements, but no steam in this one. I do like when the characters take their time to develop a relationship, so this is a plus for me.

My favorite aspect was the bond between Waerd and Bearer. It has such a great capacity to be completely effed up, as seen in Jacquelyn and Finn's relationship. Seeing some of the dark side of  the bonding trope was a huge plus, especially since all of the drama and emotional trauma impacted Jacquelyn's ability to hunt.

The baddie was pretty apparent, but I enjoyed the other aspects of the novel enough that it didn't detract, other than a few, "He's right there!" moments.

A fast-paced read that was easy to get into. I will be grabbing book 2.

Links for Amanda Bonilla:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmandaBonillaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amandabonilla
Website: http://amandabonilla.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Bonilla/e/B004QPINKO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1363279448&sr=8-2-ent

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