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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The Netherworld is the world of the nephilim, creatures of supernatural origin that are not supposed to be able to enter the human world freely. The Netherworld Division is an organization of angels and humans who are there to keep the creatures in check. Agent Koa Ryeo-won is a 21-year-old half-blood vampire, whose clue to her lost memories of her years in The Netherworld comes to light when a serial killer savagely killed little girls and left their corpses on the street.
Netherworld (The Chronicles of Koa, Book One) by K.N. Lee has the best world building that I’ve read in the genre so far. The otherworldly creatures, the lavish ‘pet’ service that is provided by the Wryn (the oldest vampire clans in Europe) and particularly the world of the nephilim itself are intricate and fascinating. The plot is multifaceted and well delivered. It was fun figuring out what really happened in Koa’s past. All she knew was that her father had taken her to the Netherworld when she was 12. Then there was nothing but a white void.
Koa is strong yet also weak. She is stubborn and her brashness sometimes leads to unwise decisions that bring danger to herself and the people she cares for. But these simple character flaws are what make her an attractive character. Through her vivid prose, Lee combines her imaginative supernatural tale with mystery and wit to come up with page after page of gripping and adrenaline pumping gore and mayhem. Book One ends with an enticing finish and I look forward to reading Book Two, Dark Prophet.