Summary : Fancy cover, appealing premise, big let down.
Unborn makes adventurous assertions by blending urban fantasy with mythology in an exciting premise that tragically becomes the best part of the novel.
Khara is abducted from the Underworld only to be ditched in a murky Detroit alley where she comes face to face with a warrior ready to issue death. It is only the warrior’s graze with her skin that not only saves her life, but also sets in motion a quest to uncover Khara’s origins, why she has been kept hidden all these centuries, and why she has suddenly become a target for all the nefarious that lurks in the dark. Taken under the wing of a band of warriors entrusted with sustaining the balance between humanity and the supernatural, Khara sets out in search of answers in a race against time. The closer she is to uncovering the truth, the more her connection with the secretive fallen angel grows.
The story unfolds from Khara’s point of view. For reasons that are unknown, she was entrusted to adoptive parents since birth, splitting her time between the Underworld where she forms a close bond with Hades and the mortal plane hidden away in the depths of the forest where she aches to get away from her cold mother Demeter. Time spent in the Underworld necessitates developing a peculiar skill set: detachment, evasiveness, and self-preservation. This makes an uninviting two-dimensional character whose apathy and emotional ineptness does nothing to invite the reader’s appreciation. The band of warriors that protect Khara are no different. Their intrinsic need to esteem and protect Khara is excessive. It overshadows all glimpses at individualism amongst them making them difficult to connect to and easy to be annoyed with. Oz, the obscure fallen angel with a heightened sex drive did not earn any redemption points, nor did he have the story line to support becoming a budding romance. Insta-love comes to mind.
World building is minimal with no help from Khara’s passive POV or the grueling storytelling pace. There is no set up, no structure to hold on to, and most importantly no reason to care about anything that happens in this novel. The entire book feels uneventful, anticlimactic even, leaving much to be desired.
I would not recommend this beyond a quick skim if you consider giving the rest of the series a shot. Personally, I’m on the fence and that’s difficult to do given I MUST finish everything I start.
*** This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***