I am honored to review this book as part of the Diverse Books Blog Tour. Madhuri Blaylock’s The Sanctum Book One: The Girl centers on “the Girl,” a young warrior named Dev, who is targeted for termination by the Sanctum, a powerful governing body of ten founding families. They rule over a society that is much like our current one, except that, along with humans, it contains Magicals (werewolves, vampires and fairies) and Sanctum warriors (humans with extraordinary capabilities). Dev’s lineage and unique capabilities poses a threat to one family in particular, the Breslins, and they stop at nothing to eliminate that threat.
This fantasy/paranormal novel features some of the most developed characters that I’ve ever read in any genre for both young adults and adults. Their strong personalities are well-suited for the complex relationships that they have with each other such as family, bromance, friends with benefits, and soul mates. The story will keep you engaged and on the edge until the very end. However, be forewarned that this is the first of a trilogy, so you will need to continue with the second and third books for the conclusion. I am certainly looking forward to completing this series.
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Release Date: November 2013
The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.
A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.
Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.
All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.