Queen’s Destinyby Barb Jones
Series:Blood Prophecy #1
on October 1, 2014
Amber Stone, once a child prodigy, has just become curator of a special collection of Macedonian artifacts for the Seattle Museum of Natural History. Chloe, a prodigy of a different sort, holds a position at the museum focusing on tribal art. The two become fast friends, united by Amber’s unsettling dreams and Chloe’s unorthodox ways of dealing with them. Two strangers arrive in town, bringing with them a prophecy recorded more than three-thousand years ago, a prophecy that places Amber directly in the midst of a battle that has spanned a millenia.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Queen’s Destiny is a well thought-out story about a girl named Amber who will become a queen if she is turned into a vampire. Her new friend Chloe, a witch, tries to help her deal with the visions that Amber sees of both her past and future. Meanwhile, a vampire named Michael learns that Amber is the one he has been waiting for. He and his son Marcus go to where Amber is, in order to make sure she becomes the queen.
The story jumps back and forth a lot between the present and various points in the past for Chloe, Amber, and Michael. For the most part, this helps the reader understand the characters, which were well-developed. I only wish Amber and Michael had more likable qualities.
I normally read books with a lot of action and danger, so for me, this book was slow for the first 40% or so of the book, especially when it was in present day.
You need to be a patient reader, not just because of what I said above, but because you have to wait until around 35% before learning what the prophecy actually is. I mean, you learn earlier that Amber is destined to be the queen, but you don’t know why that is important, what the queen will actually do.
If you’re willing to be patient, you will be rewarded because everything gets clearer and clearer as the book progresses. Plus, the last 25% or so has lots of action and danger.
As a whole, the book was well-written. It is obvious that the author put effort into research and editing.
I’m not sure how to categorize this book. It doesn’t fit with any of the genres I can think of that usually have paranormal aspects. It’s not a paranormal romance, because there’s no mention of love, despite plenty of sexual interest. It’s not horror, mystery, romantic suspense, or thriller, either. It’s not an urban fantasy, because there is not a lot of world building. But, since Amber becomes a kick-ass heroine by the end of the book, I’m going to put it in that category for purposes of the blog.
Not being able to classify it easily isn’t a bad thing. I liked how it was a blend of elements from different genres and subgenres. For example, a lot of the book takes place in the past, so it could be considered partially historical fiction. The relationship between Chloe and Marcus falls under paranormal romance because of their bond. The questions of what the prophecy is and why people want to stop it could make it partially a mystery. All these parts put together make an interesting book.