Updated: Dec 10, 2019
A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick absolutely blew me away. I was quickly ensnared by this story and could not put this book down if I tried. I didn’t even try though. I wanted to find out what happened, flipping page after page until I had finished the book. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I loved every single minute of this book.
I received an eARC through NetGalley. I am providing an honest review voluntarily.
In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.
Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, even if by the hands of death.
But surprises lay beyond every certainty, and within every doubt. Where Wavorly's hatred for both vampires and her enslavement once flowed free as blood, it merely trickles as she grows to admire her reserved, yet receptive master and savior, Anton Zein.
Although warmed by comforts never felt before, danger still lurks in the castle, and a prophecy calls from beyond the walls of a lavender gate—concealing the horrific secrets lodged between handsome smirks and cinereous eyes. It will take everything within Wavorly to face her fears and her doubts; to harness the truth of her past despite what that means for her future. The only question is, will she?
Set in a richly detailed world of fantasy, A Violet Fire is a gripping journey filled with passion, betrayal, lies, and the encouragement we all need to take a stand for our freedom—no matter the cost.
Wavorly is originally from Avignon, France. While the time period in which the book is set is never made clear, the book is definitely dystopian. The human race is endangered, with people being enslaved and bred to satisfy their vampire owners’ nutritional needs. The vast majority of the humans, or “supply units,” as they are referred to, are bred within Cain. The world is incredibly thought out. I’ve read a lot of vampire books in my time, but none like this. I loved learning about how the Stratocracy of Cain functioned, and how all the pieces came together. There were some unfamiliar terms throughout the book, but the author defined all of them quickly.
Wavorly is one of the rare few that was once free, and struggles to adjust to her new role. The other supply units do not understand why she does not adore her master, and is unsatisfied with her role in life. Wavorly doesn’t understand the other supply units either, and finds herself an outcast. The book starts with her attempting a daring escape from the school she is kept at. She resents the vampires who enslave her, and with good reason. However, her escape is foiled, with disastrous consequences. For some reason, she is once again spared from the consequences of her actions.
As she is moved from the school to the castle of her master, she learns more about him, herself, and the other girls who reside there. I don’t want to say much about this, but it’s really interesting to see how she changes through the course of the book. We learn a lot more about her background in Avignon, and her experiences in the school where she spent a decade of her life. She’s got plenty of flaws, but overall, she’s a tough, feisty, and kind character. I don’t know if I’d have as good of a heart as she does if I were in her position. While she isn’t perfect, I can’t help but love her character. She’s definitely the kind of person I’d like to have in my corner. I think that if you read this book (which you DEFINITELY SHOULD, just saying), you’ll come to the same conclusion.
The book was intriguing. Vampire books have a tendency to follow similar tropes, such as using a stake to the heart to kill them. This one doesn’t follow that pattern. It forges its own path, and I really enjoyed seeing a fresh take on that. It reminds me of how the series A Court of Thorns and Roses twists the faerie tropes about their ability to lie and using iron to repel them.
Another positive was the numerous plot twists. The story was unpredictable, and kept me guessing from start to finish. The only thing I was sure of, was that Wavorly wasn’t going to die early on … simply because the story wouldn’t continue, since she was the narrator. Other than that, there were so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat. I read this book until late in the night, and finished it in less than 24 hours. Yes, it was THAT GOOD. While this book hasn’t been released yet, when it does get released on 12/9/2019, I’d strongly recommend giving this book a shot. It’s so worth it. It’s the first in a series, and I’m already drooling over the second book.
People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn't an upper limit.
Gasp Factor: 17
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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