Book Review – The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

the devouring grayBranches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starNo-Star

The devouring gray is a perfect blend of modern fantasy and creepy.

The more contemporary elements are good, but the book shines for me in the atmospheric approach to fantasy. The concept of the beast and the gray is perfectly executed. I really like all the different powers too.

I loved Harper, but her anger made me a little tired, even if I understood as being betrayed and ending up losing an arm is definitely traumatic. However, I loved how it played out and the discussions she ends up having about forgiveness with Justin. And I loved that she could use a sword!

Violet is a hard main character for me to connect with as so much of her motivation happens before the book starts. And she seems to connect with the other characters quickly, so we don’t learn much about her that way.

Isaac was probably my favourite and we didn’t get enough of him. Though from the ending, I suspect we’ll get much more in book 2!

Also enjoyed how casually inclusive the book is!

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Buy The Devouring Gray from Amazon UK.

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