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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Get ready for a wild, fantastical ride full of magic, mystery, and mayhem with Kermes Vermilio by Yellow Streamers. Two millennia ago, a young girl born out of darkness stumbled upon a book and gained the ability to bend reality to her own will. Named Medusa, she was eventually decried as a witch and persecuted. In the 20th century, the Prior family suffered from an unexplainable curse as their descendants always inadvertently ran into misfortune. When a series of murders around the Vermilion River in the early 90s created waves, Detectives Savannah Handorf and Fred Bass investigated the case, leading them to the Prior family. Now in the present, seventeen-year-old Cassie and her lover Hayden Prior are the only ones capable of standing up against a resurgent Medusa and stopping her from annihilating everything in her path.
Thematically rich and narratively poignant, Kermes Vermilio is a unique piece of work that is well worth a read. Author Yellow Streamers crafts an epic fantastical tale spanning two millennia and featuring multiple POV narratives with characters from different eras to deliver a vivid and visceral world you will immerse yourself in completely. The experimental narrative style with timeline jumps and a plethora of characters may make the story somewhat challenging, but the end result is something beautiful to behold. All the characters serve a purpose, whether to drive the plot forward or support the themes the author delves into. At times, the narrative feels cinematic. If you're looking for something uniquely authentic, I recommend Kermes Vermilio.