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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Awakening is the first book in the Keeper Chronicles series by Katherine Wynter, which follows heroine Rebekah Lorek as an investigation begins surrounding the recent death of her father. Our secondary hero is Gabe McDaniel, a professional demon hunter, and that’s where Awakening really gets interesting. Rebekah’s everyday life as a B&B owner is about to be invaded by not only her ex-boyfriend Gabe, but a host of otherworldly intrigue, as it transpires that her beloved father was murdered by a creature from another world. This fast-paced mystery reminded me hugely of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, for its witty interplay (and love triangles) between the characters, as well as its high-action urban fantasy plot line. Fans of this genre of storytelling are sure to love Awakening.
I found that Katherine Wynter’s prose was classically American, and as a UK reader it took me a few chapters to get into the dialogue and grammar, but it was so worth it when I did. I thoroughly loved Wynter’s take on demonology, and the beasts she’s created are vivid and very threatening on the page. I was also impressed by the way that Awakening’s romantic plot was genuinely related to the demon storyline, and the love triangle between Rebekah, Gabe and Dylan had a fantastic twist that I definitely didn’t see coming. If you’re looking for a compelling urban fantasy read with a rich plot, romance and mystery, then look no further than Awakening. I’ll be very excited to see what else the Keeper Chronicles have in store.