Covens Rising: Episode 1 by Adina West

July 25, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★½

Covens Rising: Episode 1 by Adina WestCovens Rising: Episode 1 (Dark Child #2.1) by Adina West
Published: July 3rd 2014 by Momentum Books
Format: Ebook, 90 pages
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
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3.5 Stars

Kat Chanter isn’t your ordinary girl. And she isn’t your ordinary vampire, either. The ruthless Directorate would go to any lengths to have her power including murder. And when that leads to a war between races, Kat’s fate becomes the ultimate prize

Kat is done with being on the run, or so she hopes. A new pathology job in Paris is her big chance to start afresh, far from the Taberin Directorate who want her dead. Sure, adjusting to life as a half-vampire, half-human hybrid in transition poses its own challenges, but it’s nothing Kat can’t handle until the past starts to catch up with her.

When she’s approached by one Taberin male from her past, she can explain it away. But add in another territorial Taberin with a newfound conscience and it’s starting to get crowded on Kat’s Montmartre window ledge. Past experience tells Kat to be cautious, especially in her vulnerable state. But how can she tell friend from foe?

Momentum Books is publishing Adina West’s Dark Child series as serialised novels. In 2013 they published the first book, The Awakening, as a 5 part serial, and are doing the same with the sequel: Covens Rising. I wish I’d read up on the series more carefully, because the titles on Netgalley and Goodreads are confusing. It doesn’t help that the books are called Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 1, or Dark Child (The Awakening): Omnibus Edition, or Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 1. Even the covers imply that Dark Child is the name of a book and not the series.

Since this is the first part of the second book in a series, I was a little lost as soon as I started Episode 1. Names were thrown at me from everywhere and the main character kept referring to important events that had already happened. I finally figured out I was missing a whole book’s worth of information. I’ve since bought The Awakening and plan to read it before continuing.

However, you are probably smarter than me, and won’t be picking up Covens Rising before reading The Awakening. So let’s forget about my confusion for a second.

I really like the main character, Kat. She’s got heart and courage, and I think her predicament is interesting (she seems to be transitioning from human to something … else, and it requires the ingesting of a lot of blood. A lot of blood). Covens Rising is written in dual point of view – we have Kat, our awesome almost-vampire girl, and Ben, who’s going to become a vampire one day and has to keep that a secret from everyone around him. Since Kat had all this history that I initially found confusing, but Ben didn’t, I inevitably ended up enjoying Ben’s chapters more. I also liked the secondary characters (or rather, the brief glimpses I got of them in this fifth of the novel), especially Jackson.

The world of Dark Child is interesting, and I can’t say I fully understand it yet, but I love that Kat is a scientist and that she approaches her vampirism as an experiment. I like that there are differences in the blood of vampires, humans, and half-breeds, that vampire blood reacts differently when put under stress, and that Kat’s blood is different again from these three.

As with Troll Mountain, the other serialised novel I’ve read this year, I was disappointed when Episode 1 ended because I finally had a handle on the world and what was going on and then this part finished! Luckily I have the second and third parts ready to go!

So: read the first novel (Dark Child (The Awakening): Omnibus), and then jump into the sequel with Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 1. I’ve enjoyed the first part of this serialisation and will be continuing to read (and review) them 🙂 I’m looking forward to finding out more about this world!

2 Responses to “Covens Rising: Episode 1 by Adina West”

  1. Kriselda Gray

    I just discovered these books last week and finished Covens Rising earlier today. I am TOTALLY in love with the books and the characters. The characters have a lot of depth to them, and actually act intelligently more often than not. And how often have you run into a love triangle where all three people are communicating openly and honestly rather than being swathed in deception and betrayal, with poor communication leading to misunderstandings and so forth?

    I really can’t wait to get my hands on CR-Episode 5… and am *seriously* frustrated that it’ll likely be a while before the next sequel (and there had better be one!) comes out. 🙂

    • Shaheen

      HELLO (again!)

      I’ve read the first book now, and I must confess I was slightly disappointed in it. Also, I’ve read Covens Rising Ep 2 and Ep 3 and I’m not entirely a fan of the way the romance is going, but I’ll reserve judgement until Episode 5, I think.

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! I think these books need more fans, they’re awesome and it’s so easy to read them in their serialised format.

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