Book Review: Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz
Series: Daughters of Lilith #1
Published by Secret Tree Press
Published date 2012-05-16
Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural
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Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they're doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time. But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas. As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren't always clear or easy. And as for
I love supernatural and fantasy fiction so I’ve read a lot of books in both genres. Thrall fits into both genres, so I was very happy to get the chance to read it. I’m even happier to say that Thrall is unlike any other book I’ve read in either genre! Thrall really differentiates itself from other fantasy books. Instead of the usual supernatural being, Thrall is all about the problems with female demons – Lilitu – living amongst humans.
The Lilitu are every man’s worst nightmare. They are strong, beautiful, and not to mention powerful. The Lilitu harbor a hatred for men and so they we immediately know that they are the enemy. But when Braedyn’s part-Lilitu nature is revealed everything we know changes! I love that everything we thought we knew about the Lilitu goes flying out the window the minute this is revealed. Yeah sure, loads of writers do the same with Vampire fiction but Jennifer Quintez takes the idea and makes it her own.
I’m used to the demons in my supernatural fiction being evil, disgusting beings raised from hell. But the demons in Thrall break this stereotype. We can’t help but question good and evil the same way Braedyn does, so just like her we’re left confused about the truth.
As much as I enjoyed Thrall I felt like everything was too intense. The revelations came suddenly and frequently. On the flip side of that, I felt like Braedyn’s truth wasn’t dramatic enough. I kept thinking that Braedyn’s feelings were constantly being overlooked by her father. Which was annoying considering he had been supposedly caring and thoughtful up until this point.
Despite these points, I can’t recommend Thrall enough. I’ve been looking forward to reading the next book: Incubus for months! Now that I’m done with uni for the year, there’s nothing stopping me from reading the rest of the series!
If you decide to read the series, let me know what you thought of it below!