I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.MARTYR by A.R. Kahler
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 10/28/2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.
Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.
Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.
When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there's more to this than a fight for survival. He's a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn't play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world
As dismal as this world is, I love the way Kahler portrayed it. It’s definitely not a place I would want to live in.
I really enjoyed how Kahler mixed two different genres. We have magic that only certain people, knows as the Hunters, can wield. The magic is based on elements, and I love reading books that have this aspect. The characters are also dealing with a post-apocalyptic world. This isn’t an idea I’ve seen in books, and it intrigued me. Both of these aspects go hand in hand. There is also an emphasis on light and dark magic, and how it affects those that use it.
I admire Tenn. He doesn’t seem like someone who is very strong, but he doesn’t know what he’s capable of. He also does the right thing. He doesn’t let people just take care of themselves if he can help. I just wish he could let the guilt go. The monsters in this book are horrific. It’s hard to see past the fact that these creatures were human once. I also enjoyed many of the secondary characters. Each one has a role they play in Tenn’s life.
I can’t wait to see what is next for Tenn, and if he’s prepared to deal with what is to come.