Published by Emergent Realms Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Within the pages of Vile & Blessed, a YA Dark Fantasy, author A.H. Serrano builds a world of mystery, where questions are in abundance, but answers are for those who wish to seek them.
In Vile & Blessed, we follow River, born with no power, as a child, he is taken and subjected to tests and experiments. He is then let go but held under the watchful eye of the government. Now, almost of age, the interest in him has risen again. Fitful nights of dreams and meetings with a stranger that knows more than she lets on, it’s time for River to come into his own and return to the Institute, and find the answers to unlock the secrets of his past and the power that it holds to shape his future.
Review and Thoughts
Vile & Blessed is a brilliant debut novel and I ended my read with so many questions and no sequel to dive into, I’m looking forward to what happens next. The deep mysteries this book presents with its array of characters and world-building draws you in and takes you for a very dark ride in the best way possible.
The plot of this book is a little bit fantasy, a little bit horror, complete with a dash of science fiction. Within the plot, we see that the idea of power and its effects on one’s life, both good and bad, are very much key elements to this story and we see it play out in many forms throughout the book. I believe we will see power become an even larger commodity as the story moves forward and characters and worlds become more entangled.
Speaking of characters, Vile & Blessed gives us a diverse group of characters that you are bound to find camaraderie in at least one character. This aspect of character creation in a story is so important. I enjoy having characters that spark an emotional connection with me. A.H. Serrano did not let me down with these characters. I look forward to seeing their journeys continue in the next book.
If you are looking for a new dark fantasy I suggest adding Vile & Blessed by A.H. Serrano to your list. I know I’m going to be waiting quite impatiently for Book 2.
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