Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins (The Realmers, #1)

A Darker Shade of Sorcery
by William Collins

My rating: 4 stars

Series - The Realmers - Book 1
Publication Date: January 1, 2016
Publisher: William Collins
Genre: Fantasy | Ages 9 & up
Print Length: 371 pages
Available from: Amazon

The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters.

A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.
Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis.
In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-opera’s and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.
Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon creatures to fight for him and shoot Spellzookas, Evan encounters a dangerous rival and meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way. He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn't quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.

Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.  

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins
(The Realmers, #1)

Do you remember your first day at a new school? Will the kids like you, will they be smarter than you, will you find new friends? Evan has been selected to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters. Not just anyone can go there, one must have what it takes to become a Venator, a demon hunting, secret spy, wizard who can be trained to use enchanted weapons to protect all of the worlds from dark and evil danger. Welcome to the magical world of A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins, where life is filled with unknown dangers, hidden secrets, unusual creatures and crazy-mad feats of sorcery! While it may sound fun to live in a place where you can conjure up just about anything, it is also a world where young warriors are trained and every mission they go on could be their last.

Evan has a painful past, but finds the camaraderie of other students a balm to his pain. Bonds are formed, individual strengths are discovered and even a young romance or two are formed. Someone is gunning for the Venators and they are on a mission to succeed, at any cost. When Evan finds himself locked in a battle of magic with a disturbed young Venator, he discovers the truth of his parentage and that he could be the destruction of all those he loves. How can he ask his friends to risk their lives for him?

William Collins creates a world full of magical creatures, fierce battles and a place where trust becomes a commodity whose value will fluxuate one mistake at a time. Fast action follows great details with characters that feel like the teens we see every day. Don’t be surprised by the twists and turns, sit back and hang on tight as the Venators’ world comes crumbling down around them and their meddle will be tested to the limits when evil comes to claim what is theirs. Give a child a fantasy world and watch as their eyes light up when they become part of the story, magic and all.

I received this copy from William Collins in exchange for my honest review.

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