Blood of the Revenantby N.R. Allen
Published on April 24, 2012 by Smashwords
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Something strange is happening in Returning City, something dangerous.
Gabriel has never questioned things before. He knows that because he is a revenant like everyone else, he has to fight the not-family and hurt them to keep his own family safe. He has never questioned that the sky is always dark or that hungry things watch him from the forest.
But in Returning City, everyone has secrets.
Gabriel grew up believing that he was the same as everyone else. But now, things are changing. He begins to see strange, monstrous creatures instead of the people he has always known. Struggling to protect his family, Gabriel must turn to a mysterious stranger, but is she only helping him for her own dark purposes?
In order to survive, Gabriel has to become more than he has ever been, and he will have to go against all he has ever known. Soon Gabriel will realize that something dangerous waits for him—his past—and that past holds a secret deadlier than anything he could ever imagine.
Blood of the Revenant is an interesting take on vampires. I wish that the idea would have made up for the various issues I found within it. For starters, I was confused more than not as to what everything was. The world Allen creates is captivating but the lack of explanation for the parts of the world made it hard to really get into the story.
Sometimes I struggle to relate to male protagonists, usually because of the writing. In this case, I just couldn’t relate to the character. Gabriel was indecisive and acted more like a bystander in the novel. I wanted him to do something. Anything. Just move the plot along a little faster. It dragged for too long, quickening near the end which was great, but not enough.
I think this was a valiant attempt at a new look on vampires and the world was great, but I didn’t completely understand it all the time. If you like the paranormal–specifically vampires–and are interested in a new twist, then read this book. It wasn’t my cup of tea but might be yours.