This book is first part of a series as is evident from #1 in the title of the book. I liked this part and want to read what happens next. Four teenage girls are identified in this part of the story by demons, to become grim reapers. They are initially reluctant as they want to live normal life, go to their schools and play games with their friends. But a great responsibility is thrust on their tender shoulders, which they are not able to sustain. They run away from their training center, but the turn of events brings them back to their training center which is now destroyed by demon slayers and their masters killed brutally. This causes them to resolve to get trained on their own to become grim reapers and become able to save their world. The story has just begin, it is very interesting.
This is a good start to a series. Aimed at young adults, the style is very simplistic, yet the story is not. Demons inhabit the earth, hidden as humans and living among them. They are quiet, keep to themselves, and are there to reap souls to take them to the underworld. Humans on the other hand, become the monster and are portrayed as so. We start out with a tragic scene, of powerful demons mourning the loss of their safe haven then shoot to months earlier with four girls who go into training to learn the rules and control their powers. It is an interesting premise and over a good read, appropriate for all ages.
The plot is really intriguing: 4 girls training to become grim-reapers. The idea of a separate class of humanity with special powers is a bit reminiscent of Harry Potter. While the plot was cool and the world where it took place was interesting, the characters could be slightly more down to earth to make them easier to identify with. Incidentally, one of the characters has/might have an illness which felt a bit out of place as a back-burner issue in this book, so be prepared to take that with a grain of salt when you get there (I don't want to go into detail in case of spoilers). Overall, the book is well worth the read, especially for those who enjoy paranormal or urban fantasy YA indie books.
This book has blown me away with its intricate details about a world of demons and human beings. It is a deep and revealing kind of story about teenagers who are sought out, for being demons of the underworld. Strangely enough, even though the story is a fantasy kind of reading, I felt slight symbiotic resemblances to the world of today, in reading it. Trust me, you'll enjoy reading it!
This book tells us of a time that the human world had Demons and Grim Reapers in it but they stayed well hidden. In the human world was hidden a place called Tartarus Sanctum where the Grim reapers apprentices could learn their task. There are also 4 demons that were chosen as apprentices to help keep balance: Yuka, Tessa, Kaska, and Avani. The problem is that they were young and they wanted to live their life normally and not have so much responsibility. So they decided to run away and as a result all heck breaks lose. That lead to a war between humans and demons and the only thing that can save the Upper world and the Underworld are the guardians. Who are far from ready to do their job.
I did find the characters to be a bit aloof and as a result had an issue connecting with them. I can see how the book is very interesting and can help to show young people that they can learn responsibility for things as well as have a purpose in life. I will be interested in seeing the next books.
What starts with a premise of a time when peaceful demons and human coexisted (there were demons who did good things and humans who did bad things, creating a balance), moves into and intro of the Reapers Apprentice, one who reaps souls to the underworld and is trained to become the Grim Reaper. Four were born to the underworld to watch the gate. At this point the scene changes to devastation by fire and dialogue, “Has anyone seen Linn?” who is one of the four, the other three being: Olana, Salvador, and Odum. The scene is eerie, in that they are used to death but not like what they are experiencing, this is new, different, horrific, and evokes emotions in them for the first time in a long time. Why? Because the deaths were of their friends and followers; demons, and only a few survivors are alluded to as being alive, outside the view of the scene presented. An entire culture is destroyed and if they who are left survive, they need to “prepare for war.” At this point begins the first chapter in Miami, many months earlier, and the scene cuts to Tartarus Sanctum, which exists unknown to humans for it is where the demons live, mostly acting like humans until they use their powers. They are creatures of the night whose teeth get larger, nails grow and sharpen, and eyes change colors. They are divided into four main groups that ascend in power: death’s minions, damned souls, Reaper’s Apprentice, and The Grim Reaper. The scene becomes alive when new characters take on action and dialogue, the powerful and looked-up-to Sebastian, Yuka, and her friends, Tessa, Kasha, & Avani (their demon names) who act and talk like regular teenagers until… The story progresses with the girls succumbing to pressure of responsibility and fleeing, their home being destroyed, and what pursues is the old tried and true story line of good vs evil but the roles are played out and reflect back to the very beginning as to the good in all of us, whether demon or human for in us all lies the potential for harm and/or kindness. What will save the save the world? Not a far cry from a question we can ask ourselves today and what plays out in a metaphorical mystical way that Joseph Campbell would relate to is a very readable story, with undercurrents of lessons being revealed within layers. This is a surprisingly easy, enjoyable read, for all ages.