Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review of The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld by Thomas R. Manning!!

The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld is the debut novel of K.N. Lee. The story follows Koa, a mysterious hybrid vampire who thirsts for blood, but can walk in the daylight and fly. Yes, I said fly. Due to circumstances that are unknown to us at the beginning of the book, Koa is special, not only because of her power of flight, but because she is wanted by creatures of the Netherworld. As you read this book, you’ll be entertained and thrown from left to right with the various revelations and plot twists that are revealed throughout. The ending was very satisfying for me, though I will tell you that it ends on a cliffhanger. The good news is that this cliffhanger didn’t leave me frustrated, but excited for the next book in the series!

K.N. Lee developed a wonderful cast of characters and creatures for her novel. Vampires take the center stage in the story, but they’re not in any way the bland, overused vampires you see in other books. I really enjoyed learning about the different types of vampires, ones that are from the Netherworld and ones that are created on Earth. I thought the ‘pet’ system was very cool and smart. By choosing a human pet for each vampire, they are able to contain their blood thirst from the public eye. All vampires are also required to register with the Netherworld Netherworld Division, of which Koa is an agent. If vampires are running loose around the world, it’s the divisions job to take care of them. Besides vampires you’ll read about a fallen angel seeking redemption, demons, and even creatures created by K.N. Lee herself. She did a great job designing these creatures and the world they inhabit. Two of the first supporting characters you meet, Halston and Raven the cat, were brilliantly developed, and their interaction with Koa is fun to read. Other supporting characters are similarly well developed, but they’re not in the spotlight as much as Halston and Raven are. 

I only really found two things that could be improved on with the next entry in the series – I praised the interactions between three of the main characters, but I did find some of the dialogue in the book to be a bit blocky, not as smooth as it could’ve been. Also, there are some grammatical errors in the book, not so many that will lessen the enjoyment of the story, but they are noticeable nonetheless. 

K.N. Lee has done a fantastic job with her debut novel. It has a fantastic story, twists and turns throughout, and some mysteries you won’t see coming. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books as she writes them. The Chronicles of Koa #2 will certainly be a day one purchase for me! 

The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld Book Score – 4.5/5