Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book One: The Girl (Sanctum) by Madhuri Blaylock

The opening of The Girl, by Madhuri Blaylock, sets of the tone of this urban fantasy very well, and the tension continues throughout.  With the exception of a lot of conspicuous synonyms for said, the writing and editing are good.  
I do take issue with the violence and torture.  It's disturbing, especially with the "good" guys constantly wanting to, thinking about, or threatening to kill each other.  Wyatt and Ryker have killed a lot of people in their Sanctum duties, but I never really caught exactly who they're killing.  Rogue magicals, I think.  It's mentioned often, but casually, and I find that uncomfortable. 

This is just a personal pet peeve, but I don't like when all the characters are too perfect.  In The Girl, they're all unstoppable warriors, incredibly beautiful and attractive, and fantastically intelligent and powerful.  These descriptions are repeated quite often.

However, I really love the relationship (bromance) between Ryker and Wyatt, and the dialogue is good, including some nice witty banter between various characters.  Since the cast is relatively small, we get to know them all pretty well.  Wyatt also goes through an interesting transformation, and other characters grow too.

If you like urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and don't mind the violence, you'll like this book.  
Warning:  cliff hanger ending.   


*I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

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