The Reaper Realm: Threads of Compassion
By: K A Lentz
I am a connoisseur of horror and the paranormal (vampires, werewolves and serial killers). I’ve never really enjoyed the “fantasy” genre before. However, I was recently asked by a fellow author to read and review her book of fantasy; since I had no other books in my queue I said yes. It has opened up a whole new genre for me! So, when I asked a group of friends if they could recommend to me a fantasy story, The Reaper Realm was at the top of the list. I really liked this one too!
Thistle is an ordinary HUMAN girl, working in a bookshop and sharing her life with a fat little pug named Amy when suddenly, her life is interrupted by the strangest of men…er…elves.
Miach was human once too. He lived in an age when all roads led to Rome. A simple Roman farmer, he was mercilessly tortured and slaughtered by a gang of marauders for no apparent reason. He remembers his last moments on earth. He remembers because he woke from death in stolen body of magical elf warrior. He woke a slave to a reaper. For hundreds of years his master has used him to torture, kill and slaughter for no better reason than she is bored. He is feared among the other inhabitants of the reaper realm—the gnomes, elves, sprites, fairies and griffons hate him for what he’s done. They don’t know who he really is inside, a compassionate, kindly and tortured soul.
These two are brought together in The Reaper’s Realm and magic happens. Literally.
I really liked this story. And because of that, I’ve rated it a 5-star read. The characters were very likable. And, though I’ve never worked in a bookstore or been a dead Roman farmer turned elven warrior, I found them relatable as well. The story is definitely fantastical and I loved the descriptions of all the magical creatures and places. The author here is EXTREMELY good at writing action scenes in such a way the reader feels a part of the story.
My only criticism, is a small one. I consider myself a pretty sharp cookie, however, I didn’t quite understand the details of how the Reaper Realm came to be… “the gates” and their significance to the story were somewhat glossed over and were confusing to me; even the explanation of who and what Thistle and Miach truly were left me feeling just a little muddled and thinking, HUH???
However, this small stumbling block could be just a me thing. It did not take away from the enjoyment of the book for me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love for fantasy.
SPOILER ALERT: (Look away if you must!) This story does end in a cliffhanger—opening the way for a sequel (I hope). So, if you don’t like story series you might want to think twice before buying this book. Otherwise, be like me…panting for the next part of the story!