Banished – Book Review
Liz De Jager
YA Urban Fantasy
The Blackhart Legacy Book #1
Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…
Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s encountered her unorthodox cousins and their strange lives. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae Prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on her new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – It’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love…
I really, really enjoyed this story! Kits voice and kick ass character swept me away from the beginning. With romance, intrigue and plenty of action, this YA fantasy is an amazing novel from debut author Liz de Jager. Venturing into the realms of Myth and Legend, I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
The story begins with Kit – a fifteen year old girl who has only recently discovered her family’s legacy as demon slayers. Now following the murder of her grandmother, Kit takes up the family mantle and reunites with her long forgotten cousins to join the fight against evil. But not only is she struggling to master her new found magical powers, she is also inspected to become a master of weaponry, strategy and self defence.
But when recovering at home after her first solo mission, Kits celebrations are put on hold when she finds a fae Prince being attacked just outside her family’s manor. Now with her relatives suddenly unreachable, a dragon looming outside the gates and an injured fae royal passed out on her sofa, kit must decide – hide behind the covers or join the battle. But the world is in more danger than anyone could guess, and an ancient evil is looking to rise again…
Kit is an awesome heroine. She’s spunky, realistic and has a quick sarcastic tongue – I couldn’t help but like her immediately! Unlike her family who have all been martial artists since they were three, she is frustrated by her lack of training but is making a name for herself with her attack first, plan later kind of attitude. She often makes mistakes that come with various consequences, but her true quality lies in her bravery and determination to never give up. She is a great and very believable character that young girls can look up too.
Prince Thorn plays Kits love interest and I feel his calmer and more rationale personality suits Kits fiery nature. While their attraction is a little ‘insta love’ the dramatic and life threatening situations they are throw into helps make it somewhat understandable. I’m curious to see how their relation is going to develop.
The secondary characters are also unique individuals and I hope to see their stories fleshed out in the next two books. And I’m also hoping there won’t be a love triangle as the book gave the vibes that potentially, one could be lurking around the corner but that is by no means definite.
However what truly swept me away about this story was the plot. Fast paced, the action just kept coming and there were few places where you could put the book down to breathe, so to speak. There is such a plethora of mythological creatures threaded throughout the pages and Liz de Jager has added her own fresh spin to some of the legends.
So overall a fantastic story, and a great beginning to what promises to be a brilliant trilogy! The second instalment in the series, VOWED, will be available I the UK on November 6th – definitely one to add to the wish list! 4.5 stars!