I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dark Migration by Sandra R. Campbell
on August 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, New Adult
Source: the author
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Seanna Raines is on a journey of self-discovery. Only her search does not include college applications or finding a cool summer job. After killing Samuel Bolvayne, the ‘man’ she fears and loves, Seanna is not looking for who she is, but rather what she will become.
Samuel spent countless lifetimes trying to forge a companion like himself, but his previous attempts were considered failures. Until Seanna. She is his first true success… and his ultimate undoing. Now, without Samuel to guide her, Seanna is lost. To survive, she needs to find out what her transformation means: super strength, the ability to smell human emotions, and an ever-increasing need to devour human souls. Seanna travels to Samuel’s earthly homeland, along the coast of South Africa, in search of answers. Here, she encounters several of his failed experiments, who claim to know the truth. These abominations lead her into a sinister world of chaos and destruction, where the birthplace of evil is revealed.
Seanna clings to the last piece of her humanity while struggling to accept her feelings for Samuel and what she has done to him. Just as Seanna embraces her fate, she is forced to choose between life as an immortal with the one she loves or sacrifice it all to save a world that does not deserve saving.
Oops! This was my first impression somewhere within the first chapter. Why? Because this is when I started putting two and two together and realized that this was a second book in the series. I swear I checked Goodreads before agreeing to review the book! Apparently I wasn’t thorough enough… I must have been distracted by the intriguing synopsis. Anyway, it turns out that it really wasn’t the end of the world. Yay! (and PHEW!) Sandra did a great job at filling in the important information, so I was able to follow along with the plot without any trouble. Now, I’m not left with the feeling that I don’t need to read the first book anymore. In fact, I’m more curious about it!
This book has absolutely everything I could possibly want in a dark fantasy novel! Dynamic characters with complex motives and conflicts; sexual tension; violence and gore. The best thing about fantasy novels is that anything goes! Mythical creatures and even things that go bump in the night.
What was most amazing was that even though I had jumped into the story at the midway point, I still got a very clear vibe about the characters and their personalities. I could feel Seanna’s anger and confusion, and even though I wasn’t clear on how she had gotten there, I knew that her emotions were genuine. Seanna isn’t your standard heroine. She isn’t weak, but she isn’t all powerful either. She is coming to grips with her changing being, learning about herself and what she can handle. She is very relatable and very real.
I am so excited to dig into Butterfly Harvest now, to see where it all began! I’m looking forward to getting to know Samuel better, as well as Seanna’s adoptive family. It’s going to add an extra depth to my enjoyment and understanding of this book. And then, I’ll start waiting none too patiently for the third book! EEP! A huge thank you to Sandra Campbell for being so patient with me and for being kind enough to send me a copy of the first book. Watch for my review shortly. 🙂
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