Adult Book Review

Revenant: Blood Justice by Leslie Joan Linder

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“It was a dark and stormy night, That’s how these things are supposed to start right? Well you can forget that shit. This isn’t your average monster story. Humans use monsters to help them understand what is monstrous within them.” (Linder)

Revenant is meant to be a vampire story that sets itself apart from the rest. It is meant to show a different side of vampires than what we are used to. Though it has some unique aspects, and a fair amount of enjoyable gore, it falls fairly short compared to its promise.

The Plot: Enid sets herself apart from what is known as a typical vampire. When she was reborn, she was a Chosen One. The Chosen Ones are said to stalk the night, hunting for humans who hold darkness in their heart. They are meant to follow a path of justice, only killing humans who have lost their humanity. But there are those who no longer follow this path. Those like Countess Erzsabet Bathory. But it is against the law of The Chosen Ones to kill their own kind. Can Enid find a way to stop Erzsabet before its too late?

I had high hopes for this one. It definitely fell short for me. I was lured in with the promise of the vampires being different than the “norm”. The synopsis held a promise of vampires who don’t use mind control, yet the vampires all have the capability of using “thrall” on their victims, which is they way of mind controlling them to submission. It made a promise that these vampires were different from those who enjoyed rapacious sex, yet there was still way too much sex in the book. The back story seemed to take over too much of the book and overshadowed the plot. It also felt like there was too much “name dropping” in the book involving making a lot of people from history in to vampires. The world building fell short for me and when the main character, Enid, would have flashbacks to the 1600’s and 1800’s, she would use modern day references and slang. The characters were also not nearly as developed as I would have liked.

Enid was supposed to be the heroine of the story, and even though she stayed true to the goddess that made her The Chosen One, she enjoyed killing too much, in relation to the title of the story. She was strong, but was also petty and her personality felt forced. She enjoyed partaking in concourses together with her lover, Gabriel, but became jealous occasionally when he would do such on his own, yet constantly brought up the point of them being blood bonded and meant to be together. I think it was rather disgusting for them to claim to love each each other say they are meant to be when they enjoyed having relations with others (even if they were humans they were going to kill). This part of her personality made her just like the other vampires she claimed to be different from.

Svetlana was a confusing, conflicting character. As Enid’s sister, you would expect her to have the same values, but she claims she changed over the years and doesn’t enjoy killing anymore. She also claims to enjoy being with women after becoming bored with men over the years, which I find to be a little insulting to the LGBT community, as if its something you just choose for entertainment. She seems very weak, and though she claims that she acts out of the belief that people and monsters can change for the better, she is quite gullible and prone to getting in to trouble.

Gabriel definitely fell short for me. He could have been a real heart throb for the story, but I found his character to be off putting and undesirable. He has no real depth and, again, claims to love Enid, but enjoys entertaining other women. He is described as a “tough biker type”, but reads as shallow and nagging.

I really wanted to enjoy Revenant, but it felt like a forced, poorly executed mash up of Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, and Underworld. It seemed like the author had some great ideas that would have been great as separate stories, but decided to combine them in to one, underdeveloped, long, confusing book. I don’t think that I would recommend this one.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for allowing me to read this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

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4 thoughts on “Revenant: Blood Justice by Leslie Joan Linder

  1. I hate when publishers do that: promise something in the synopsis and then do the exact opposite of it. Granted, they need to sell but at the cost of honesty?
    I think maybe a series of some sort would have been a better choice, considering the various plots getting mixed together and becoming confusing and chaotic.
    Unfortunately, vampire novels are always a hit or miss for me as it feels like no one really knows how to properly portray vampires nowadays.
    Amazing review! ❤️

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    1. Well said and I agree completely! And thank you! ❤️

      It was pretty annoying that the synopsis claims that vampires are “different” than what we know, and yet the vampires in this book do everything that the synopsis says they don’t. It felt like the author was trying to imitate Anne Rice and tried to throw multiple story-lines and characters in when it should have been split up.

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