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Book Review – The Hunted

The Hunted (Fracture, The Secret Enemy Saga):  Fantasy and Witchcraft combine in New Orleans

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Virginia McKevitt
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Her people exiled by the Patwain king, High Priestess Alexasia of the Couton race escapes with her council of sisters across the Fracture to Earth.  Having enchanted the once high council to the king with her seductive prowess, Alexasia takes over Sauldron’s plans and his riches once both he and his brother Boulfor have been “managed” out of the picture.  Upon discovering that Earth holds a great deal of untapped magic, specifically that found in the voodoo that permeates New Orleans, Alexasia combines with this dark force making her virtually unstoppable.  But there are those who stand against her.  The question is whether they will they be powerful enough to stop the evil that grows in strength each day within their adversary.

In book 2 of The Secret Enemy Saga,  Virginia McKevitt, takes the story into its next chapter.  The plot is interesting, but similar to the first book, what I enjoyed most was the depth of characterization and backstories of the protagonists as well as their developing relationship.  While the first book focused on Kristina and Tegrin, book 2 explores Sissy and Jimmy.  Both have violent pasts that they have kept from one another and both want desperately to move on from these darker days.   Unfortunately, instead of moving on from them, they have to embrace their past using their skills and relationships from these days to battle the Couton.  Without tapping into these, they will not survive, but in surviving will they sacrifice their future?

I do wish that the next book will further develop Kristina’s gifts – there is more there to be offered I am sure of it.  Perhaps a third chapter will have her back in Patwain where her full potential may be realized.

For those who enjoyed book 1, pick up a copy of this second offering.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

Book Review: Fracture – The Secret Enemy Saga

Fracture: A Shadow World of Fantasy and Magic

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Virginia McKevitt
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Only after her mother and step-father’s brutal murders and her subsequent encounter with a lion-esque man named Tegrin, does Kristina realize that her visions of a shadow world are more than just visions; they are a window across the fracture joining Earth and Patwain.  She learns from Tegrin of the evil that has crossed to Earth – The Couton – a beautifully angelic race gifted withe ability to steal memories.  Unfortunately, human memories are more potent than anything they had previously encountered.  Potent to the point of addiction as the incredible high peaks when every last memory extracted leaving behind a lifeless husk.  And now that the fracture and human memories are known to The Couton, it may be too late to stop them.

Virgina McKevitt’s, Fracture: The Secret Enemy Saga, is an interesting twist on the fantasy genre.  It is very difficult to take the majority of a story whose setting is in the “real world” and blend in fantasy characters and make it truly believable. Take the movie “Enchanted” for example, I was never committed to the premise because of this.  But there are exceptions like “Starman” that have such great characterization, that it is easy to believe and become completely absorbed in the story.  Fortunately, MCKevitt does this effortlessly.  Her characters are deep, complex, and compelling and their relationships evolve at just the right pace.  My only complaint would be the time spent in Patwain, it felt a bit abbreviated and I would have liked to have seen Kristina’s education and evolution of her ability explored a bit more.  However, I have hopes that this will come in future volumes of the story as this is the first in a series.

Overall, my favorite is character is Tegrin.  His soul is tortured in so many ways – his people’s history, the betrayal of his lover, the very nature of his job and responsibilities, and his deep belief that he onlyl to serve and does not deserve happiness.

For those who enjoy something a little different in the fantasy genre, check out “Fracture: The Secret Enemy Saga” and you too will be anxiously awaiting the release of the second volume.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.