CHAIN OF ILLUSIONS
Bringer and the Bane
by Boone Brux
Entangled: Select (November 26, 2013)
Book provided by author’s representative for review purposes. No remuneration exchanged and all opinions presented in the review itself are my own except as noted.
Rell has lived in the Shadow World for thirteen years as a Demon Bane, the formerly vivacious young woman now the demonic enemy of the immortal Bringers. But when she is given the chance to become human again—and a full-powered Bringer—Rell isn’t sure if it’s better to be a demon in the Shadow World or to risk her life for her humanity.
For two years Siban had been tortured in the Bane prison, only to fall in love with the beautiful demon who helped him escape. Tormented by the thought of never seeing her again, he maintains a life of solitude. So, when Rell’s human body is rescued from the Shadow World, he will do anything to be with her—even if it means challenging death to become a Bringer too.
But once their Bringer transformations and training are completed, Siban and Rell must join a mission to go deep in the Shadow World to rescue others trapped by the Demon Bane King. And what they discover destroys everything they knew about the Demon Bane. The lovers must learn to trust themselves, each other, and their new powers if they’re going to make it out alive. Goodreads
This is the third book in a series about a place much like earth but with a different history and species. While I read the second book with out the first and managed to understand and enjoy it a lot, this one is not a stand alone. Without at least book two this will be hard to understand. It’s really dependent on understanding the backstory and the world Boone creates.
I really loved the way Boone portrays Rell as she regains her humanity and goes from a teen to a woman in a very short time. The actual transition itself is written beautifully. Boone has a great handle on the battle within – human versus the remnant of darkness and the child becoming an adult. There are other characters, including Rell’s lover and her biological family. The characters are diverse. Boone’s characters are distinct. Her writing is definite, her voice matter of fact, with an economy of words. It’s not that she doesn’t describe things, she just doesn’t over describe or sink into purple prose. The last book featured Rell’s sister and her lover, a dragon shifter: both play important parts here, but Rell and her beau, Siban, play the biggest roles.
And in that relationship we find another struggle, that age old struggle between men and women, protective impulses and autonomy.
I found this a bit long at 368 pages with its epic heroes’ journey into
Mordor the Shadow world to prevent something I would understand better if I had reread the second book in the series. And, following up of loose ends from the earlier entry in the series, KISS OF THE BETRAYER made enjoying the story harder. With a world this complex, many types of people with a system of special abilities, completely different mythology, geology and history, I have a tough time keeping up.
I noted while reading:
Having a feeling and describing and expressing are completely different and the same goes for other people feeling the same or understanding my explanations.