Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Thrall(Daughters of Lilith Book 1) by Jennifer Quintenz

Welcome to Braedyn Murphy’s life. She’s a typical—if shy—sophomore navigating the slings and arrows of high school life with her two best friends, Royal and Cassie.  Then a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door, and Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But Braedyn’s normal life comes crashing down around her ears when she learns she’s a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons - and that she might play a critical role in an ancient war between the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Lilith. Turns out the right answers aren’t always clear or easy.  And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how you choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.


I have never read a succubi story before. Admittedly I have a few that I haven't gotten to yet, however Thrall is my first encounter with these creatures of paranormal lore and I am so glad I said yes to reviewing it. This is the story of Braedyn Murphy, a 16 year old girl who thought she knew everything about herself and her father but learns that nothing is as it seems. Succubi are the daughters of Lilith, who if you don't know the myth is the first female God created but she didn't want to be with Adam in the garden of Eden, she wanted to be an equal. The legend goes that all these succubi are her children and the have powers that feed off the energy of men through lust and desire. Braedyn is part of a huge plot to stop these creatures from returning to the world to reek havoc on humans that don't stand a chance against them, of course she doesn't know it until that war is at her door step but what's a teenage girl to do?

What I loved about this story was that it was a hodgepodge of mythology, war, angel vs demon, romance, action and adventure, family and self that mixed together to make a beautiful literary stew of awesomeness! It had so many elements going on within the story that it could have been very easy to run this train right off the tracks and get lost in some aspects versus others, but that didn't happen. The author kept us focused on one part of Braedyn at a time, whether it be friends, family, her crush on Lucas, her connection with Karayan or anything else that this story threw at her.  She told so many different stories within a bigger picture that I was actually surprised at how well all the side characters were developed enough that I could easily see where each POV was coming from without actually having multiple POVs telling the story. That's rare in this genre and really made it stand out in my eyes.

I also noticed that this book was very unique. Sure, I've heard of Lilith before, anyone who has read The Mortal Instruments series has seen a myth about her, but I thought Thrall was a new story that I hadn't read about before. Fresh is what I am looking for in a genre filled with teenage coming of age stories where they don't know what they are and fall in love with someone along the way. Thrall left me wanting more, gave me characters that intrigued me and an epic battle between heaven and hell that let a heroine as good as Braedyn shine throughout it all. - My Opinion- ***** 5 Stars!  

Get it @ Amazon / Barnes and Noble 

Check out the rest of the Daughters of Lilith series here: Incubus(Book 2) / Sacrifice (Book 3)

About the author:
Jennifer Quintenz is an award winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Again, I'd be thrilled for your honest review if this sounds like the kind of story you'd enjoy.  If not - no problem, I understand there are lots and lots of books to read and far too little time to read them all.

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