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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4.0 on the Masq Scale. The Last Keeper's Daughter by @RTrogner #fantasy #bookreview



The Last Keeper's Daughter


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Written by Rebecca Trogner




Genre: Fantasy, Mystery


Book Synopsis


To the outside world Lily Ayres is the privileged daughter of an old moneyed family. She is young, beautiful, and a talented horsewoman. All of which are enviably qualities, but few know that beneath this thin veneer of societal perfection lies a deeply troubled young woman. For Lily rarely speaks and is incapable of normal, human interaction.

Unable to understand why she is this way, she further retreats inside herself, until memories and suppressed emotions begin to bubble to the surface. Murder, revelations of her family's hidden purpose and dark secrets are revealed as she is thrust into the supernatural world of Krieger Barnes, Vampire King of North America.

Serena Akeroyd's Review


The Last Keeper’s Daughter is a strange book; I’m not sure myself if that’s a positive or a negative description! There’s a lot of potential and a lot of great characters and new creatures, something that makes the story truly fascinating but somehow, it’s lacking. I hate saying that; I know how Rebecca Trogner, the author, will have slaved over this story, but I felt like a big piece of the puzzle is missing.

I’d give a brief synopsis of what happens here, but it’s all a bit convoluted and even after finishing the book, I’m still not entirely sure of everything. The writing is pretty powerful, enough to keep you hooked and while this is a supernatural story, it’s just a bit much. There are so many things going on that it’s a little hard to focus and in the end, I just felt a bit lost.

I really enjoyed the premise; but the characterization of the main characters was a bit of a let down. Krieger and Lily are the main characters and while we learn a lot about them, it isn’t enough. I didn’t feel as though I really knew them. Lily could be quite irritating and even though her life is up in the air, the way she treated Krieger was just annoying. I was waiting for something to occur between Lily and Krieger; but this book contains no real sexual content (there are some small, inoffensive scenes) and I missed that, I think. Especially between the central pair.

When the story ended, it came as a shock. It’s 300 pages or so and a lot happens, but somehow, it’s not condensed enough. It’s a busy story and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing; but too much is happening without clarification. At the end, mostly everything had been tied up, but I was still waiting for more answers. I’m guessing that there’s another book and I think I’d read it just for further clarification of what was going on; why Lily had visions?; the outcome of her relationship with Krieger; where Lucien fit in; what Nina had to do with the story…

I understand the premise of wanting to hook a reader so they’ll read the next novel, but there are a lot of questions in dire need of answering.

So, what do I rate this story? I like Rebecca Trogner’s writing style. I like her imagination and the plot is fantastic, in the sense that it’s out-of-this-world. I would have preferred for less to be happening though, for me to understand what was going on. The characters were good, not great. Something was missing; a loose end that just kept everything from being tightly woven. Some disturbing things occurred between Lily’s parents – mega disturbing! You’ll see what I mean, when you read it.

This book is classed as Romance/Mystery with the predominant theme of Fantasy. The romance elements are there, but not enough to consider it a romance. Mystery and fantasy; sure, there’s so much stuff happening that I’m dazed! But, that being said, I continued to read it and not just because I had to review it. 4 stars.

Review Disclaimer: Book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Content Disclaimer: Marked mature due to violence.

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