This is the first book that I have hosted for a tour stop, but I have to say that I was very excited to read a work by Karyn Pearson. She is a great writer and that comes out very much in her piece Hunter’s Assessment. This piece was a about the journey of the Grandmaster’s son, Shane Kantor, as he made his way through Vampire Hunting school to become the leader of his own squad. The language used in the piece was great. The voice of the 3rd person limited narrator was natural and easy-flowing. I nearly forgot that I was reading at times. My only problem with this piece was that it was way to short for the huge idea that was created by the author. It was like reading an excerpt from a much long piece. As I was reading, I just kept thinking, “There is so much more that Karyn Pearson can do with this piece. I hope she considers making it longer, into a real series of novels.”
I would have liked to have seen the relationship between Shane and Sofia develop more before the end. I would have liked to watched the friendship of the team develop as well. Also, as a huge fan of healers, as some of you may know from my novel, Airion: Return to Zire, I was wondering why there wasn’t a Mender on Shane’s team. It was interesting that he was the Grandmaster’s son and she didn’t want to protect him with a Mender to round out his team in the field (and if the Menders didn’t go into the field, what were their roles in the organization?). There could have been a lot of story development their as well, making the story a bit more complex and layered.
Over all, this was a Grade A, AWESOME piece from Karyn Pearson. The concept was great, the writing was amazing, and the world she created is well thought out and executed.
I give it a 4/5 and strongly encourage others to check it out. Great Job!
Series: Arcturian Bloodlines
Author: Karyn Pearson
Genre: Paranormal YA
Publisher: The Writing Network
Formats Available In: Digital
Release Date: TBA
Blurb: After years of training, they should have been ready for this. It was supposed to be a simple mission: eliminate the vampires and acquire the intel they’re guarding.
Shane Kantor figured that this hunter’s assessment would be like every other test the Hunter’s Society had thrown at him and his squad. But he was wrong. Now Shane might just lose everything: his life, his legacy, and worst of all, her.
“Hi,” she said, extending a hand. “You’re Shane?”
“Yeah,” he nodded woodenly, swallowing a lump in his throat as he shook her hand. “So you’re Sophie. My Predictor.”
“Yep, that’s me.”
“It’s an honor to have you on my squad.”
Sophie looked shyly away from him, laughing lightly. “No,” she murmured, shaking her head. “The honor’s all mine. I didn’t know you were the Grandmaster’s son. I feel lucky to have been chosen to be part of your squad.”
“Yeah, I figure the Grandmaster wouldn’t want to leave her own kid stuck with just anybody,” Troy, the Marksman, agreed. “If it was me, I’d want to have someone like you well-protected. Wouldn’t want the Grandmaster’s son accidentally getting killed from having incompetent squad mates, now would we?”
Shane frowned. “Let me just make one thing clear, alright?”
“By all means, go ahead, oh righteous leader,” Troy drawled.
“Forget that I’m the Grandmaster’s son. I don’t want preferential treatment. I don’t want you all to look at me and see Shane Kantor, son of Nadia Kantor, the Grandmaster and leader of the Hunter’s Society. I just want you to see me as your friend, your comrade. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re all equals here. Understood?”
“Yes, I understand,” Sophie replied.
Shane looked to Troy, waiting for his answer.
The Marksman sighed, nodding reluctantly. “Alright,” he muttered, throwing his hands up in a gesture of half-surrender, half-compliance. “No favorites?”
“No favorites.” Shane confirmed.
Troy grinned. “So, Mister Not-the-Grandmaster’s-son, how good are you in a fight?”
The Dancer’s eyes lit up with amusement as he regarded his new comrade. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
Karyn Pearson is the author of Spark (Hellfire Trilogy #1) and full-time pet parent of her two dogs Nikki and Jamie. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. Karyn enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters when she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated “puppy dog eyes attack.”
Her current projects include Inferno (Hellfire Trilogy #2) and the first novel of the upcoming vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she’s not writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research that make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.