I met Briana a long time ago in a role play group, and we’ve talked now and again. What surprised me was when I bumped into her in the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge. We talked a little more, and I found out that she was working on this book. I’ve been eager to see it come out, and finally have had a chance to help the world discover her wonderful writing now.
Sanctuary is the first of her debut series, and has a wonderfully rich and varied cast – Angels, werewolves, vampires, and other creatures from myths and legends. She does a beautiful job of keeping each race true to the popculture accepted norms while providing each a unique twist. The vampires aren’t all bad, the werewolves are honest, and the angel has some issues that I’m looking forward to seeing explored as the series develops.
The pace of the book is well done – a little action in every page, which keeps the pages turning and the interest engaged. It is a great young adult read with a story that can be appreciated by readers of all ages. Though it is written in a modern setting, there are definite strings to the past that play a role in weaving the backdrop of the setting, providing it a surreal luster. Even the main conflict involving the angel adds its own sparkle.
Braina has managed to write a book that I think will appeal to a wide range of fantasy readers. Though is is a young adult read, which means none of the vulgar elements are included, and the main protagonist/heroine is an angel, it does not lean heavily on the religious implications. Religion is there as an aspect of the characters, not as the core of the story, which I found very refreshing.
If you are looking for a fun read as an adult, this one I would recommend very highly, and I’m not saying that just because Briana is a friend. If you are looking for something to keep your younger reader going, this one should be on the top of your list. Definitely deserves a 5 out of 5 star rating. Well done!