by Annie K. Wong
"Children of Lightning"
Genre: Adult, Fantasy. 143 pages.
Price: $0.99 ebook (at time of post)
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Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the truth is never revealed to the other clans. In their homeland of Matikki, they live like outcasts.
Through a series of chance discoveries, the secrets of the ancient curse unfold before a warrior named Writhren Hollow. Is her purely female clan the result of a lapse of divine providence, or are the Hollows themselves victims of an enslavement scheme?
If Writhren frees her clan from the covenant, she risks the wrath of the Ophidians and the future of her bloodline. If she keeps the truth of the curse to herself, she is a traitor to her own kind. Either way, she will suffer for what she must do.
This is not a story of redemption, but regret. This is Writhren’s story.
My Thoughts: Too Quick To Anger Breeds Dangerous Consequences
Going into this book with the knowledge that this is a prequel to a series will help a reader quickly acclimate to the stories plot, characters, and general story telling. The world in which the story takes place is fantastical seeming to be a mix of mythological and magical. As for the main character, the reader is shown that she is either a tragic hero or the villain?
Named Tithren in hopes of curving her fierce power and parentage, the main character has always felt different from her fellow Pluran kin sisters. Having a warring voice inside her when facing distressing situations has made her feel broken and confused; That is until one day her true nature begins to surface and she learns her true name, Writhen. Feeling for once empowered, her life begins to rise and spiral all at the same time. Writhen wants to become the next Rend Apex to show all of Matikki that a Pluran is meant to rule, as no one accepts Plurans authority to rule when their race consists only of women. During Writhen's mission to become Rend Apex , she finds out the truth about not only the Plurans origins but the origins of the covenant Plurans made with the dreaded Ophidians. Writhen lets her dark nature take over and deeds are done that cannot be undone, leaving Writhen with power that could be her downfall.
Overall, good fantasy book, but it left me wanting more and a tad confused at parts. If you are open to reading a book about more tragedy than happiness, you'll be good. Honestly, this felt like "The Hobbit" to me, a big intro book leading into something more. Now, the story itself was good showing readers the world more characters will be from and that world's history, but some parts just felt too fast paced. Though I really loved all the action, especially towards the end when Writhen basically takes on a ton of Ophidians, I wish the scenes were slowed down a bit so we could digest them instead of going "What the heck just happened?!" So if you are into fantasy set in strange worlds where the protagonist has a life full of regrets and trials on her path to her goal only to achieve it at the cost of everything she once held dear, than this book may be a good read for you.
Children of Lightning is the origin story of Writhen Hollow, the villain in an upcoming book series. In celebration of great villains in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Annie K. Wong is offering for the tour giveaway gift, The Hyperion Cantos (ebook or print - winner's choice). Giveaway ends November 26th.
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Annie K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and lives in Canada, in the west coast city of Vancouver, BC. She has a BA in Business Administration and Creative Writing from Houghton College as well as a Diploma in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Although she explored careers in advertising, television and office administration, the desire to write overtook her at the turn of the new millennium. In 2003 she earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College and has been crafting stories ever since.
Her current project is a fantasy series, the prequel of which is Children of Lightning.
Lovely review, Rae! This sounds like a fun good and a good fantasy read!ReplyDelete
Oops a fun "book" lol! >.<Delete