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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes by Kevin Reinholz is set against the backdrop of 19th century Europe, with most of the action taking place in Prussia. The reader is immediately introduced to Anna, a young girl who is excited about her friend. Christine is dating a gorgeous man called Karl and, since Karl is about to join the Prussian army, Anna and Christine must do all they can to keep him safe. Of course, he is Christine’s fiancé, and that is how they find themselves interested in sorcery. But it is just the beginning of a very long and challenging adventure, a story that will lead Anna’s path to that of a three-hundred-year-old vampire, have them meet a dubious semi-goddess, and try their spirits in more ways than one.
The reader is introduced to a compelling cast of characters, each with a different background, each flawed in a unique way. It is interesting to see how they complement each other in a world that could be merciless. Kevin Reinholz is a great storyteller and he has done a great job by allowing readers to explore the complex worlds his characters carry within them, thanks to the expert use of the first person narrative, the creative use of the epistolary style and journal entries. The reader follows the stories through the perspectives of the different key characters, a style that makes the read an engrossing one, allowing a deeper understanding of the internal conflicts in the characters. Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes has a great plot, imagined with surprising moments to thrill the reader. The prose is polished and succinct. This is a great fantasy read and fans of supernatural tales will adore it.