Magic Unleashed (The Venators Series #1)

Magic Unleashed (The Venators Series #1)

by Devri Walls

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Overview

The dark unknown beckons.

Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation with anything from the supernatural world, and she's trying to hide it. If she doesn't, she angers her reckless twin brother Ryker, and starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping. But the closer she gets to Grey Malteer – an old friend who waves his fascination with fantasy like a flag – the harder it becomes to stifle her own interest.

The supernatural suddenly invades their reality when other-worldly creatures come hunting for the three college students. With help from a mysterious savior Rune and Grey escape, but must follow Ryker's abductors into an alternate dimension, Eon, and discover their true identities. They are Venators, descendants of genetically enhanced protectors and sentries between Eon and Earth. In this world of fae, vampires, werewolves, and wizards, power is abundant and always in flux. Ryker is missing, and Rune and Grey are being set up as pawns in a very dangerous game. The three must find their way through – and out of – Eon, before it consumes them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612549873
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Venators Series , #1
Pages: 363
Sales rank: 720,812
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Devri Walls is a US and international bestselling author. Having released five novels to date, she specializes in all things fantasy and paranormal. She is best known for her uncanny world-building skills and her intricate storylines, and her ability to present this all in an easy-to-digest voice. Now gearing up for her first national release, Devri is excited to introduce her sixth novel, book one in the Venators Series. She loves to engage with her loyal following through social media and online sessions she organizes for her readers. Devri lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband and two kids. When not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, reading, cooking or binge watching whatever show catches her fancy.

Customer Reviews

Magic Unleashed (The Venators Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SummonFantasy 16 days ago
Venator is my first encounter with Devri Walls, but given how much I enjoyed it, I’m sure it won’t be the last. Her writing style is fluid, without many embellishments, which helps with the fast-paced action of the story. I found the difference between the two realms exciting. The story starts in the human world with relatable situations such as family problems, frat parties, and getting drunk. The world as we know it disappears once we get to Eon, another realm, a different reality where every mythological creature you could imagine is real and hints towards a rather medieval setting. We encounter shifters, succubi, incubi, vampires, goblins, and even a fire breathing dragon. The intricate storytelling, characters, and the world-building reminded me of Kingdom of Exiles, by Maxym Martineau, which I reviewed last year. However, the action and fight scenes surpassed anything I have ever read before, both in intensity and creativity. Character-wise, I connected with both main characters, Grey and Rune, and loved to watch them come into their powers. They are like different sides of a coin. It’s hinted that Grey is an abuse survivor, broken inside but puts up a brave front. He’s trained hard for years, he physically strong but hides under baggy clothes and doesn’t open up to anyone. Rune, on the other side, seems to have it all, but deep down, she crumbles under her family’s expectations and the perfectionism forced upon her by her mother. Her allegiance to her twin brother, Ryker, who acts like a jerk all the time, is hard to relate to. They are venators (the Latin word for hunter – for once I was happy I studied Latin in school), genetically enhanced humans who hunt the supernatural being. The Venator markings, intricate tattoos are dormant until they come in proximity of a supernatural creature. That’s when they activate and start glowing red and green from underneath the skin. Besides the venators, I loved the supporting characters Veridia and Tate, and last but not least, Beltran, the shapeshifter with a trickster mindset, and I’m confident a hidden agenda. Devri Walls lightens the mood with bits of humor and even sarcasm, especially when describing the characters. “Rune faced down life with all the reserve of an attacking polar bear.” “So, how are you doing?” “I’m sitting on the outskirts of a black faery forest that’s filled with little demons. I’m great. Thank you for asking.” Verida is an enchanting character, smart, sassy, and cunning. I noticed a certain similarity with Pam, the vampire from The Southern Vampires Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Before introducing Rune and Grey to the council, Verida shows them pictures of the council members, so they’ll know who’s who. “The next image was so stereotypical it was almost comical. “It’s Merlin!” Rune said. “Merlin’s son, actually,” Verida said. Rune’s jaw fell open. “I was kidding.” She shrugged. “I wasn’t. Perhaps that matter-of-factly tone is why I thought of Pam. Read the whole review here: https://www.summonfantasy.com/book-reviews/venators-by-devri-walls-book-review
WhisperingStories 22 days ago
Venators: Magic Unleashed is the first book in a new series by Devri Walls. It has been a long time since I have read a book featuring mythical/supernatural beings and so it took me a little while to get into the story. The book begins on Earth and the fantasy element took a few chapters to emerge. There were a lot of characters to understand and to get to know, so many that I ended up having to write a list to remind me who was who. The plot opens with someone called Tate awaiting a portal to open. I wasn’t quite sure a first whether Tate was a supernatural person or whether he was some kind of creature. We then met Rune and Ryker, twin teenage humans. Rune is forever looking out for her brother who happens to be a bit of an arse. She is also experiencing some strange sensations and reactions within her body. We also have Grey, another teenage human who was attacked six years ago by some kind of troll/eel/pig looking creatures. Ever since he has found he has special abilities including the ability to run fast. He keeps his abilities hidden in case people want to experiment on him. I hope you are keeping up with me so far. Turns out that these teenagers are ‘Venators’, enhanced beings and they are wanted by hunters from another realm. The book is fast-paced and there are a lot of supernatural beings thrown in together. The world-building was interesting and easy to imagine. The plot is filled to the brim with magic, mystery, and mayhem and it certainly takes you on an adventure. There are a few subplots that interweave within the main and as the book progresses secrets are revealed and the roll of the Venators and why they are wanted is brought to the forefront. If you are a lover of supernatural or even sci-fi YA books then this is certainly the book to pick up. I believe book two is already released. Unfortunately, whilst it was certainly enjoyable and intriguing I took so long trying to make sure that I understood everything that was happening and had to make so many notes that I don’t think it will be a series I will be following.
CrystalKitsune More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book! The main characters are relatable, the supporting characters are unique and fit their backstories well (the little bit that you learn). I love the idea of parallel worlds, and the author uses it well, myths crossing between worlds. One of my favorite parts of this book is that, unlike many others, the group that "recruits" them, while their best option, is not made up of the 'good guys.' I love it. Honestly, I'm not sure how to write a decent review, but here are some main points: Main characters are well-developed, sticking with their backstories. Supporting characters are very likable, and unique. Story is intriguing, with the main characters stuck between a rock and a hard place. Great book, definitely recommend it!
John-the-picky-reader More than 1 year ago
I am a very picky reader and when I read this book I just could not put it down I hated going to work because I could not read it then but it was worth the wait when I read it because I believe you should digest the store rather then wolf it down ( pun intended ) I loved how she had this hole other world that I got a chance to see for my self and I fell in love with the story and the characters, I can’t wait to read the next book all I can say is I am glad that I got to meet devri in person she is awesome and was really nice to my two kids, thank you devri for writing a world that is both beautiful and adventurous
caitlinwhetten More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this first book in the Venators series. It's a dark, YA portal fantasy featuring vampires, werewolves, Fae, succubi, incubi, dragons, goblins and a new race of genetically modified humans called Venators. I LOVE the idea of there being a portal to another dimension in the St. Louis arch. I really liked the characters, including Gray, Beltran, Verida and Tate and I hope to see more character development in the side characters. I also really enjoyed that this book tackles issues of trauma, including sexual abuse in men, which is not something often done in YA, let alone YA fantasy. And this book does it beautifully and poignantly. The action scenes are a lot of fun and I really enjoy Devri Walls' easy-to-read writing style. I didn't like Rune's character throughout most of the novel. She was very stubborn and questioned everything and everyone and I just found myself yelling at her myself. I just want her to let go and be the badass Venator that I know she is. I also don't think this cover accurately reflects what the book is about. The majority of the novel takes place in a high fantasy D&D type setting with castles, horses and villages with no electricity or plumbing. But this cover screams Urban Fantasy to me, like the Shadowhunters series or the October Daye series. There just seems to be a disconnect to me to what I read and what the cover looks like. Overall, I did enjoy this dark fantasy and I'm looking forward to what will happen in the next books and what Devri Walls comes up with next. It's a strong start for a debut series and a debut author. Highly recommend for fans of the Shadowhunters and Brandon Sanderson novels.