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This was a very interesting idea for a book, but the execution was lacking.
Kaylyn lives in a world where You are either good or evil and there is no middle ground. I think the author was trying to make a statement and show that sometimes things aren’t that black and white, but it didn’t come across that way.
Kaylyn is supposed to be the ultimate good, but she could be really selfish and whiny at times. She is in love with her best friend Jorrin and he clearly loves her back, but she pushes him away because her other best friend Marsa is also in love with him. This sounds noble, but Kaylyn spends way too much time thinking about this boy. All she does is think about how much she wants him but can’t have him.
Okay, she doesn’t spend all her time thinking about Jorrin, she spends half of her time thinking about him and the other half thinking about how much she misses hunting and killing people.
Just in case you are wondering, you read that last sentence right. Kaylyn is basically an assassin. She has spent the last few years of her very young life (She is 17) hunting down and killing the evil Malryx race. In fact, little Miss Kaylyn is so good at killing that when the book begins, she has just murdered the last Malryx.
This should be a good thing, but not only does defeating the last Malryx set off a horrible chain of events, but Kaylyn figures out that the best part of her life is over. Now that she no longer has anyone to hunt and kill, she has no purpose. I’m sorry, but this is not a good girl.
Kaylyn wasn’t a bad person, she just liked being useful and she was good at her job so I understood why she missed it. And it’s not like she just wanted to kill for the sake of killing. But she was human and all of her motivations were not good.
Now we get to my major problem with this book. Basically, Kaylyn figures out that life needs balance, and you can’t have good without evil. So she screwed everything up by killing the last Malryx, and now nature is taking on all that left over evil and turning on people.
This didn’t make sense to me because Kaylyn and her friends were nice and all, but they were far from perfect. When I eventually found out what Kalyn was going to have to do in order to restore the balance of nature, I became very confused.
View Spoiler »She had to turn her best friend evil! How is it not evil to lie to your best friend, steal the guy she is in love with, and tell her that you let her mother die because you were too busy thinking about a boy to save her? But it is evil to get angry when both your best friends betray you? Marsa was not evil! She and Kaylyn even have a friendly conversation at the very end of the book! They still like each other! All the girl did was get mad for a little bit and run away from home. What Kaylyn did to her was much worse than her reaction to the betrayal. « Hide Spoiler
The relationship between Kaylyn and Jorrin was annoying because she fought it for so long, but they had cute moments, and I do like it when best friends fall in love.
The book really shined when it came to the action. There was plenty of it, and those scenes were very well thought out and entertaining.
There were positive things about this book, I just think the author got painted into a corner with that whole good verses evil thing. The evil characters just weren’t that bad and the Heroes just weren’t that good.
Because of violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.