Summary : Not the best start to such a promising series, but it has its draw.
The first in the soaring raven series has all the makings of a sensational fantasy. There is the incredibly sexy protagonist, supernatural beings galore, and intrigue… lots and lots of potential. Potential marred by a storyline that never advances outside of enticing alpha men courting staking claim on an egocentric woman who is less than mediocre. Yes. That about sums it up.
Infinity is a talented superstar with everything within her reach, everything except for the ability to escape the dreams that plague her. As her dreams begin to cross into reality, it becomes clear that humanity shares a world with supernatural creatures that do not want to share it. Infinity soon finds there may be more to her dreams than she thought… and more to her than she ever imagined.
The synopsis for Infinity is alluring, yet misleading. The novel opens with an overbearing conversation between Infinity and her adoptive mother, Kara. If it was meant to build character and to facilitate world building, it failed miserably. The entire conversation felt forced, unnecessary, and more like a pep talk for Infinity by Infinity.
World building as a whole is nonexistent. It was difficult to ascertain anything of value during most of the novel. Everything is drowned out by the endless self-centered chatter of the most annoying lead character I have ever encountered. It is not that Infinity has trashy mouth. Or that she is immature. It is that she serves no purpose. There is an expectation that she will be transformed into something extraordinary, and perhaps she will later in the series, but all she accomplishes in this installment is to run around like an insecure woman in heat intent on loosing her virginity.
Infinity is infuriating. There is an enormous dichotomy between how she views herself and who she actually is. There is so much talk about how great she is. Hell she captures the interest of many, yet none of her actions or characteristics merit such adoration. Most secondary characters do not bring anything to the table. They are not exciting or original. They are too busy sucking up to Infinity, except maybe Torch. The book definitely became more bearable once Torch dove into action and started barking orders. Unfortunately, that also became the cliffhanger.
I’m left wondering…
What is going on? What is Infinity? Why is she so special? Who is the Collective? What is with the pills? What is up with all these men claiming her? Why is she so lost if she was trained to fight? What war? Did anything actually happen?
The list goes on.
The first in the Valkyries series is largely disappointing. Mostly because it is rushed, world building is not properly done, and because more focus is placed on building its lead character than on adding significance to the plot. This book makes fancy promises that if fails to deliver. Even so, I would be lying if I said that I was not interested in what comes next. I give this series until the end of book two, I still see the potential.
*** This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***