Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: Ravenfall by Narrelle M. Harris

Ravenfall E-bookTitle ~ Ravenfall

Author ~ Narrelle M. Harris

Publisher ~ Clan Destine Press 

Published ~ 1st September 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Thriller





What would you do for love?
Would you kill? Would you die? Would you give up your soul?
British soldier, Dr James Sharpe, returned from Afghanistan a changed man. Like most war veterans haunted by deadly choices and the horrors of battle, James struggles against his demons. Unlike other ex-soldiers, his demons are real. Transformed in the heat of a desert battlefield, James Sharpe is now a vampire.
Struggling London artist, Gabriel Dare, has his own secrets - like who he really is, and why he lived on the streets before lodging with Dr Sharpe; like the ghosts he used to see, that made others question his sanity.
James knows Gabriel is the best thing in his life, but questions his ability to love and fears he's a danger to all. Gabriel knows there's something different about his enigmatic landlord, but can't deny his attraction.
When some of Gabriel's street friends go missing, he discovers that London is full of monsters - real, vicious, otherworldly monsters.
The two men join forces with a clairvoyant cop and a Peer of the Realm to uncover the truth, for it seems the vampire who sired James is back in London - with a diabolical agenda that threatens the entire nation.


Freya’s Review

In this paranormal story, I was treated to a world of vampires, ghosts, and a few other things that I won’t look at the same again in the future.

After being turned against his will, ex-soldier, James, is a person who, working as a doctor in a clinic, keeps himself to himself. As a child, Gabriel used to see ghosts, resulting in him being medicated by his father. As an adult, he shunned his aristocratic heritage and spent time on the streets. He eventually became an artist. A twist of fate made James, Gabriel’s landlord. Unfortunately, someone is killing people, and there are connections to them both.

What I found between the covers was an intriguing mix which kept me on the fence, re my opinion. Let me explain.

There were many parts that I adored. The range of characters is diverse. The London scenery is familiar. The investigation that made Gabriel a suspect was nicely put together. I loved the morbid humour between James and Gabriel. The accents of Cockney, Scottish, Georgie, and good old Queen’s English are inspired. What I loved the most though was the varied use of colloquialisms like giving a toss, twat, gobshite, bugger off etc. – I’m sure many didn’t believe the British could be so eloquent!!

The story itself was methodical in its progression and kept me reading. It’s not an all-in-one all-out assault of the paranormal, and its beings – which I appreciated. There are things that James needs to learn, and Gabriel’s background is just the thing to help. These shared times bring them together, fostering romance. It also develops a bond which helps them when events turn dangerous. It was nice to see that the author didn’t hold back on the gruesome side either.

Ravenfall is an incredibly detailed novel – down to a pink nailbrush. Despite it giving an all-around view of the world in play, many don’t like intense detail. It is told in the third person from multiple points of view. Hence, several back stories/histories/pov’s were interesting and nicely written, but not always necessary or timely for story progression. In some cases, I felt as though the extra information held up the flow – especially at the end. I didn’t need to know the thinking or reasoning behind all the characters actions. Personally, I prefer personalities to be well-sorted before the big finish, or explained after. For me, the extras prolonged scenes, removing some of the intensity. Technically, grammar specialists won’t like the use of very, and there is an element of repetition. There are some autonomous body parts, too, such as – his fingers xyx, and, his brain remembered… I also believe that some of the extremely localised phrases, like, wazzock, will leave some outside the UK having a WTF moment, or referring to Google. I’m not being disrespectful to friends overseas, but some of the phrases used aren’t known between counties, let alone countries.

Like I said, I am on the fence because even though there was much to enjoy (some scenes were utterly delicious), I could see areas that would put people off – me included. And there were times I wanted the story to move on quicker. James and Gabriel are sweet and supportive of each other. There were some nice unexpected twists, too. Oh, and I loved the brother, Michael.

So, if you are the kind of reader who loves a novel full of detail and wants a 360 view of everything -  you will eat up this story.

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Meet Narrelle M. Harris 

Narrelle M Harris writes crime, horror, fantasy, romance and erotica. Her 30+ novels and short stories have been published in Australia, US and UK.

Award nominations include Fly By Night (nominated for a Ned Kelly Award), Witch Honour and Witch Faith (both short-listed for the George Turner Prize), Walking Shadows (Chronos Awards; Davitt Awards). In 2017, her ghost/crime story Jane won the Athenaeum Library’s Body in the Library prize at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

Her work includes vampire novels, erotic spy adventures, queer romance, traditional Holmesian mysteries, and the Holmes/Watson romance The Adventure of the Colonial Boy. Queer paranormal thriller-romance, Ravenfall, was released in 2017.

See more at www.narrellemharris.com.


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