Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: The Vessel of Ra

Title: The Vessel of Ra (The Klaereon Scroll #1)
Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: September 14th, 2017

While traveling in Venice in 1837, Lucy Klaereon, in order to save her family’s honor and her immortal soul, decides to commit suicide by drowning herself in the Grand Canal. Unfortunately for Lucy, she is rescued. Her rescuers believe they can separate her from the demon Ra, whom she is destined to fight because of an ancient family pact. 

What Lucy does not know is that her rescuers have their own agenda. Paolo Borgia, head of a deposed magical family, wants to use Ra for his own purposes. Lucy is given an alternative, to separate herself from her demon and family, which she gladly welcomes. When she finds out the truth about Ra, Lucy's purpose changes from not only freedom, but to righting an ancient wrong.

Octavia, Lucy’s older sister, is in pursuit. She has been trained since birth to kill Lucy when Lucy loses her battle with Ra.. At the ritual to free Ra, the two sisters clash with surprising results. Octavia is possessed by Ra and Lucy is determined to free her sister and keep Ra from reshaping the world in his image.

There is one small problem. Lucy has been murdered. However, she’s not about to let a small detail like that keep her from correcting her mistakes. Lucy will save Octavia, even if it kills her again.

This was a really great read, I originally picked this book because I thought the cover was awesome. Turns out the story was good too! 

Here we meet Lucy, who is a Demon Binder or soon to be, if she can live long enough to win the battle. At birth Demons attach to a child, and follows them through life acting as a companion, until their 16th birthday. The child, and Demon must battle, if the Binder wins the Bemon is banished, but can be summoned with Magic, to help the Binder at anytime. If the Demon wins, he/she had control over the Binder's body, and can roam the world wrecking havoc. Lucy is born to a strong, powerful family, who have been Demon Binders for 90 years. Lucy's older sister Octavia, is everything that Lucy isn't, we see a family rivalry that is one sided. Octavia has known she was a teenager that she has to "take care" of Lucy, which seems harmless until you find out that means. Lucy is trying to find where she belongs in a family, that doesn't want or appreciate her. Lucy's mother was the only family member that loved Lucy for Lucy. Carlos is thee most honorable character, who ca't help the family he was born into. He knows about medicines, and potions but his knowledge is limited on magic because his family won't tell him much. I loved the fantasy, and mythical aspects of the book, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There were a lot of plot twists I wasn't expecting. As much as I hated Octavia, I loved her too, she is an excellent character. Definitely can't wait for the sequel!! 5/5

*I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own..*

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