Expectations Lead to Confusion
I name this review as such for my expectations going into this work were completely opposite of what I encountered during my read-through of this novel. This novel's summary presents a mystery-thriller with a brief glimpse into the lore behind the disease of which the main character, Matt, is patient zero. However, due to my expectations of believing this work to be a mystery-thriller set in somewhat modern times with a unique fantastical spin, I was rather confused during the beginning of my read-through. When I encountered various magics and demons, I was thrown for a bit as I attempted to catch on to the bigger plot as a whole. Nevertheless, the dynamic between Matt and his sister, Erin, spurs the reader onward to learn of how Matt will overcome the fact that he and his sister were exiled because of his survival of the plague. This relationship coerces empathy for Matt, wishing for a happy ending for him and his sister. The brief interludes at the beginning of each chapter detailing how Matt contracted the plague as well as how devastating the plague can be is the biggest draw for the reader, especially one that does not find vampires, werewolves, and similar monster demons enticing. Regardless of the above, the mystery does remain throughout the entirety of the novel, leading one to wonder how Matt will overcome the masterful magic that he has found himself in.
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