Keri Arthur- Riley Jenson Guardian series
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Full moon rising is the first book in Keri Arthur Riley Jenson guardian series. I’m not going to review this as a series because there are a lot of them and they are all about something different, so just as a series starter. But if there is interest in it I can upload my review of the other books in the series too.
Keri Arthur works are a hit-or- miss for me but this series was a really strong hit from the very first page until the end and even over to the spin-off series. It’s an action packed, exciting adventure just how I like them.
The book takes place in Melbourne, portraying Riley life as she reluctantly but gets deeper and deeper into the Directorate affairs, after her brother disappears. This story is that perfect blend of urban fantasy and slightly sci-fi, with twist and turns on every corner the author so talented and fond of creating.
Thanks to the nature of Riley DNA she is half werewolf and half vampire with the more affinity toward the shifter part. She fights conspiracies, betrayals and herself or more like the consequences of being a hybrid. She is persistent, clever, cunning and afraid to use every mean to solve the issue. She can take care of herself and she doesn’t lose her target or goal easily. She tries to avoid dangerous situations and people if it not necessary to encounter them. She is really levelheaded.
The secondary characters are also very interesting and deeply developed on the good and bad side both. But what propelles the story in the book is the relationship between Riley and Rhoan (his brother). They the kind of as against the world connection, and its plainly comes through. Then there is Quinn, the brooding but charming vampire. I apprentice his loyalty and commitment towards Riley he can’t really handle the lifestyle of hers. For me their relationship felt a bit doomed just going by the events of this book.
The way the author created the world and the myths behind the different supernatural beings is gives way to a freer palate especially the sexuality department. Thanks to this there are a couple of quite saucy verbal battles in the story. The book thanks to the world building is really graphic sexually and otherwise, but its working in this concept, at least for me. There are no conventional relationships in it, everything is a bit twisted but if you are a little open-minded then you definitely can enjoy the book.
As for the supernatural world this book has numerous original and creative ideas. I like how Keri Arthur created her supernaturals.
Full moon rising is definitely following a complex, multilayered storyline with multiple different directions it can lead. A great series starter and an even better read.