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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Book Review: Forest of Bones by Crymsyn Hart

Forest of Bones
by Crymsyn Hart
June 28, 2020
364 pages
Genre: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, horror
Publisher: Mocha Memoirs Press
Kaya is the only one of her kind: a hybrid vampire and magician. A demon from days past is trying to free its banished brethren from the dark realms by an ancient sun god. Kaya is the key to freeing them.Valik, her vampire protector, must help her contain the demon. Stavros, the mortal king, will kill any vampire he comes across because they caused the death of his wife and son. Begrudgingly, he takes Kaya as his fiancĂ©. To stop a war, Stavros must join forces with the very thing he hates and keep the demon at bay.Old ghosts are stirred up. Magic is growing wild. Mysteries from ages past resurface revealing more questions about Kaya’s heritage and how she’s entwined with the demon. Can she reconcile the past? Or will the demon claim everything she holds dear, including her soul?
Crymsyn Hart appears to be a prolific writer of paranormal romance. Her latest release, Forest of Bones, tells the tale of Kaya a vampire/magician/princess captured and tortured by the realm’s human king, Stavros, a man with a deep vendetta against vampire kind. It is soon revealed that Kaya has been chosen as the one to stop a deep demonic force threatening all races in this realm.

Hart establishes a rich and creative fantasy realm. The storyline was complex and imaginative. I, unfortunately, struggled throughout this book. I had great difficulty accepting a burgeoning romance between Kaya and King Stavros, a man who inflicts physical torture, sexual assault, and countless humiliations upon the young vampire. His treatment of Kaya goes far beyond contempt or cold indifference. This was an obstacle I, personally, found insurmountable. Stavros is a rather fickle and irredeemable character in my view. Kaya’s primary romance with Valik, the ancient vampire warrior, lacks development and erupts seemingly without context. Finally, the dialogue in the book was particularly troublesome as it shifts between various colloquialisms and a more traditional dialect common to fantasy fiction.

Forest of Bones has creative potential, however, miss the mark for me.

2 ½ Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Crymsyn Hart is a multi-genre author from Horror, Urban Fantasy, and Romance. Her years of experience at Boston's oldest psychic salon doing readings and her encounters with the supernatural have inspired many novels. She's a lover of all things dark and goth. Vampires, grim reapers, and other paranormal creatures tend to end up in her books no matter how hard she tries to keep them away.

She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and their two dogs. By day she is conquering the world of Commercial Insurance, but by night she listens to the voices in her head telling her which rabbit hole to go down to find the perfect plot bunny.

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