The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting, have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all as the families have been weakened by massive casualties.
16-year-old, Neil Vapros, desperately wants to become an assassin in order to please his overbearing father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and the lives of everyone in Altryon – regardless of their family name or allegiance. (Cover and summary courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note that I received a free copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours and chose to write a review.
After finishing the book I realized that a teenager wrote this book and now knowing that many of the things I found jarring were explained. The main thing that kept me from feeling fully invested in the book is that the characters felt very one-dimensional. Each had a stereotype that they made sure to fulfill and none reached too far out of those bounds. The approach on death was very awkwardly handled as well. The characters seemed very indifferent to death, even when it was someone very “close” to each other.
This superficial approach kept me from ever feeling invested in the story and eager to find out what happened next. I still finished the book, but idly because I was curious to see what direction it was going to go. I don’t mind having spent the time giving it a read, but I certainly won’t be continuing the series.
Rating: 2 stars!
Who should read it? Younger readers who would not have problems with violence.
Want to read the whole series?
- The Flames (The Feud Trilogy #2)