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{Review} Those of My Kind by Jennifer Loring

by Jennifer Loring
Published by Omnium Gatherum on 5.11.15
Pages: 249
Format: eBook
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Two young women find themselves entangled in a deadly game with an ancient creature determined to wipe out all human life. Tristan and Blessing are demon-hunting drifters destined to protect mankind from evil, but to do so they must exist on the fringes of society. Feeding their own bloodlust by murdering local criminals, they begin a dangerous hunt for a resurrected demon named Anasztaizia. But when Tristan meets a beautiful dancer named Mira, she is willing to abandon her calling for her one chance at a normal life.

Believing Tristan has betrayed her, Blessing finds solace in her natural talent for witchcraft. Anasztaizia, able to corrupt Blessing by exploiting her jealousies and personal tragedies as well as her power, next turns her attention to Mira. Mira has been keeping a secret from Tristan, and she is willing to do anything to escape her agonizing fate. Even if it means abandoning her humanity. Even if it means Tristan must choose between Mira’s life and her own.

I hope that there will be a sequel to this book, I enjoyed it that much!

This is a tale of  strong women that have been abused, raped, beaten, totally ignored and who knows what else. Two of these women, almost girls really, become Hunters and the other a monster of epic proportions and, of course, there is an epic battle between them in the end.  Who comes out the winner? You will have to read this to discover the answer to that question.

“Love and its constant companion, sorrow, birthed this atrocity of a world.”

Hunters serve mankind though humans remain unaware of their sacrifices.  To do this, Hunters must shun friendships and love, lest the objects of such be used as weapons against them. Hunters also have a bloodlust, one that can only be quenched by the blood of humans. To survive and accomplish their goals, Hunters only drink the blood of the human filth they seek to destroy.

There is magic, there are skills, there is testing…but so many questions remained unanswered for this reader. The single problem I had with this book is that I wanted more answers.

One thing I do have an answer to is this “How was the writing?” I thought this book was extremely well written and I found myself highlighting quite a few quotes throughout. One that particularly struck me was this one:

“Hell was real, Tristan thought, but it wasn’t some burning pit in the afterlife. Hell was reliving all your regrets and failures over and over in one never-ending instant. Hell was not appreciating what you had, and only dwelling on what you didn’t. Hell was not being able to forgive yourself.”

Overall, I loved this book. It was different. It was fast paced. It had a unique story-line. It had strong women. It had an antagonist that was truly monstrous, yet the reader was compelled to pity her as well. These characters were well drawn, complicated and believable. What more could a reader ask for? A sequel, that’s what!

Highly recommended for fans of dark fiction, horror, and excellent writing!

 

*I received a free c-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*

About Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2004, she received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and in 2013, she won first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s inaugural Tales from the Lake horror writing competition. DarkFuse published her novella Conduits in 2014, and her debut novel, Those of My Kind, was published by Omnium Gatherum in May 2015. She is currently at work on a contemporary romance trilogy for Limitless Publishing. Jenn is a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Horror Writers Association and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her husband, a turtle, and two basset hounds.

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