Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Book Review: 'Netherworld' by K.N. Lee

North Carolina author K.N. Lee writes twisted tales, fantasy novels, and dark poetry and wins awards in about every category she embraces. Of note she is also a wannabe rockstar, foreign language enthusiast, and anime geek and she offers advice to other writers who seek her mentorship. A woman who knows her craft she is enjoying success as a writer, business owner, and recognition for her community service.

Authors who elect to write paranormal fiction take a leap of faith – especially when their audience is the Young Adult group. Though this is the first of her book this reviewer has read it is easy to see why she has gained such a wide audience. Her vampire stories retain enough of the expected magic and fright demanded by lovers of the genre, but at the same time she manages to infuse her tales with aspects of humanity not usually found in the routine vampire novels.

Her synopsis of this first installment in the series lays out the direction well – ‘Angels protect us from the escaped creatures of the Netherworld. Demons seek to destroy the balance and treaty between vampires and humans. One half-blood vampire is torn between the two worlds. Introducing Koa Ryeo-won, a half-blood vampire with an enchanted sword and a membership to the most elite vampire castle in Europe. A vengeful demon threatens everything Koa has worked hard to protect. Not even Halston and his legendary infinity gun can stop him, but Koa’s mother might be strong enough to do it–if only her curse can be broken. There is one vampire that can help. First stop, the Ivory Tower, where only the most notorious supernatural criminals are kept. But even that won’t be enough. Koa must prepare herself to return to the place that nearly killed her. The Netherworld.’

Her prose is eloquent and yet the ’bite’ (pardon the pun) remains. ‘Like the telling smell of oncoming rain, Koa had an uncanny sense of knowing when something bad was about to happen. She hoped that this time she was wrong.’

K.N. Lee is a practiced artist, and an established novelist. Grady Harp, September 16
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited

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