Title: Protector (Children of Ossiria #1)
Author: Vivian Lane
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shifter
First in a new series!
Carys Taylor has her life perfectly under control. Equipped with a nice inheritance, she goes where she wants, when she wants, pursuing anything that interests her. So when her old professor asks her to come on a research trip for his thesis, she’s eager to tag along.
Until that ill-fated trip to the South American jungle changes her into a supernatural being. Now she’s sprouting claws and stronger and faster than any human being in existence. The reclusive tribe calls her their Protector – but from what? And why now? Why her?
Carys is pulled into a world she never knew existed. Is she up to the task?
If I could summarize my feelings on this book down to four words, it would be:
I freaking LOVED this book!!!!
End of review. Kidding!
Please pardon me if I gush. I’m not sure if the author is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan but this brand new series is intelligent, witty, full of action, mythology and a fair share of supernatural beings (witch, vampire, watcher, vampire slayer, etc.). Not to mention the uber-powerful panther, otherwise known as Carys.
Carys is your typical twenty-something, that is until she goes on a trip to South America with an old professor to study tribal music. Little did she know what would happen next. After a trippy night where the ancient tribe performed a ritual, Carys wakes up to find out she’s the chosen Protector of the tribe and the embodiment of the tribe’s goddess. She’s in a state of shock, especially when she starts growing claws and snapping off bad guys’ (read vampire and other creatures of the night) heads without much effort.
Carys is in need of help and guidance so she confides in her friend, Sarah, who turns out to be a witch. Sarah, in turn, introduces Carys to a group of people with knowledge of the supernatural. Carys has got her very own Scooby Gang (Buffy reference) including an elusive yet mysterious vampire named William.
Everyone helps Carys train for when the tribe calls her back to protect them from an unknown evil. The more she trains, the more confident she is about her abilities. When the time comes, she’ll have to face the big bad alone. Can she defeat the evil forces bent on destruction or will she die trying?
I loved this book and read it in one sitting. I couldn’t stop reading it and the characters became a part of me. I loved Carys as a character because she was real, with insecurities like me, yet in the end kicked demon ass. I loved the characters of her Scooby Gang, especially Sarah and William. Each character had a backstory and their humanness only adds to their charm.
While the plot was a little predictable, the witty banter and intelligent dialogue made up for it. I was glued to my e-reader and I can’t wait for book two to come out in February 2016!
If you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you must read this book! You’ll be addicted to this new Urban Fantasy series by Vivian Lane.
Carys. She’s a strong female who was chosen without her permission and must come to grips with some pretty deep stuff in a short amount of time. Sure, she has insecurities but her friends help her (especially William). At the end of the book, she realizes she kind of likes this new life and being a Protector definitely has perks. * grins *
“I’m not a friend to vampires. They do very bad things. But I also believe the good guys should act better than the evil they fight against.” ~ Sarah
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Writer of supernatural badasses.
Vivian Lane is an American author. Born a Gemini, her interests fall under a myriad of subjects including classical music, American and World History; fantasy books, TV shows, and movies; travel, marine biology, and fashion.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N