Thursday, September 24, 2015

{REVIEW} Sepherene: The Complete Chronicles by Daniel Beazley

Title: Sepherene: The Complete Chronicles
Author: Daniel Beazley
Series: Sepherene (includes 4 books)
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Angels
Publication: August 9th, 2015
Overall rating: ★★★☆☆

In a time where religion has become no more than a convenient commodity and angels bask within their god-like existence upon the mortal planes, can Sepherene the fallen angel find the path to redemption and at what cost? She has chosen Lucius to journey with her but his past is hidden beneath a dark shroud and he carries troubles of his own. As he is drawn deeper into an ancient struggle between good and evil, will he be able to stay upon the right path or will darkness obscure the way?

The Sepherene Chronicles tell a tale of unity and righteous endeavour where the line between good and evil becomes ever more blurred. As humankind reaches out into the far corners of the universe and colonises extraordinary worlds along the way, the struggle for hope continues against overwhelming odds. With adversity lurking in every shadow, will the bond between man and angel provide the only path to survival? 
Book 1 - Eventide:
Eventide is the first of four books in Daniel Beazley's Sepherene series. I have to say that, for me, it started off pretty confusing. We get to know Sepherene and her brother, Lazrael, but after this first chapter, we're suddenly with Lucius AND Sepherene in his body. No explanation as to WHY Sepherene is in Lucius body or HOW she got there ... but he seems to be perfectly fine with it.

The long chapters are a little annoying, but that's just a personal thing - I definitely prefer shorter ones because it makes it easier to read. If I have a chapter that takes 40 minutes to complete (according to my Kindle) it's kinda frustrating after a while. Or I'm just weird, I don't know.

It's a very short - although the chapters are super long - book with only 3 chapters and a prologue. I can't really say something about the characters other than that I didn't feel connected to them and so far I don't even care about them, to be honest. That sounded meaner than intended to. I guess they're pretty cool and I COULD like them but 3 chapters is just not enough to get to know them and form a bond with them.

I hope the author's going to explain a bit more in the second book, I just need a few more details as of what's going on, what exactly is their (Lucien & Sepherene's) plan and and and.
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Book 2 - Dark Shroud:
Dark Shroud continues were we left off in Eventide - Lucius is being convicted of murder, but has no memories of doing it. He simply doesn't know if he murdered his wife and children or not. It's mysterious and keeps you curious throughout the whole book. Did he do it? Why? Why can't he remember anything? Questions over questions.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one! So much more. I liked the scenes with Lucius best but that's probably because he seems more "normal" to me. Sepherene is an angel and the way she speaks and acts is a little odd for me. I mean, for her it's probably normal because she has no idea how humans usually act but still.

There were plenty of action scenes that I really enjoyed! The first big fight against one of Sepherene's brothers was very cool and descriptive but also pretty disgusting. Seriously, I felt sick while reading those scenes. I'm not really bothered by blood, gore and whatnot else but this? The author described it so well that I pictured it perfectly in my mind. Ugh. But that's just the thing - the writing style is so much better than in the first book. It's easier to read, detailed but not boring and keeps my attention.
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Book 3 - Night's Shadow:
In Night's Shadow we finally get some answers to all our questions - the most important one is probably Lucius' past and whether he killed his wife and children or not. But of course I won't tell you anything about it, if you want to know you'll just have to read the book!

Again, I really liked the action scenes and the fallen angels we met throughout the book. I actually grew to like Holus, even though we didn't even know much about him. He just seemed to be interesting and the fact that he's a Watcher made me curious and left me wanting to know more about him. Oh well, didn't get the chance though. *sigh*

I wish there would be more of a connection between Lucius and Sepherene. I mean, they share his body and of course they talk a lot but ... I wish it would be a bit more personal. I know Sepherene isn't really capable of emotions but Lucius changed her as well, so I'm desperate for some deeper, emotional talks between them and hope I get them in the last book, Dawn of Hope.
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Book 4 - Dawn of Hope:
In this last book Sepherene and Lucius, together with some friends, are on their final misson to destroy Eberus, another fallen angel. It's an epic and difficult battle where everything's at stake. Will they make it? Can Sepherene redeem herself and safe Lucius and his companions? All that will be answered in this last book ... however there are some new questions that leave room for another book.

That last part bothered me a bit. Don't get me wrong, the ending wasn't bad or anything ... just not what I expected or wished for. I was looking forward to a "happy" ending, an emotional goodbye and hopes to a better life for Lucius. It's not exactly what I got. Instead there's a possibility for a fifth book, that I didn't really expect - there are unanswered questions, Director Egan who also should've been dealt with and the last "twist". How can this be the complete ... oh. Ohhhh. Nevermind, I'm sure we'll meet Lucius again.

It was a good conclusion to Sepherene's story but definitely not the end for Lucius. I wanted it to end a little different but am okay with how everything turned out!
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Overall I enjoyed Sepherene's and Lucius' adventure and would recommend reading it if you're interested in a different angel book with some sci-fi elements! ;)

★★★☆☆

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