Having previously read the novella by Devin Madson, In Shadows we Fall I immediately wanted more. So I just went ahead and got the 1st book of The Vengeance Trilogy - and here we are.
From the very first words of the novella I knew I loved the writing, so it was no surprise at just how much I enjoyed it in the full pledge novel as well.
Before I forget I do recommend reading the novella prior to the trilogy - you don't have to, but trust me it will bring an extra dimension to everything. It will also make you feel as if you're in on a secret - for you will know things that characters themselves don't know yet.
The Blood of Whispers is told from 3 main points of view - from characters so morally grey and driven by vengeance that you don't know whom to make your favorite, or even if you should pick a favorite or just abandon all of them to their blood thirstiness.
I think that it was absolutely genius to have story told from such characters - every time I'd start liking one they would do something and I would be like "maybe not?". The plot is intricate enough that by the end of the novel you don't know whose views are good and who is right and who is wrong?
The world is explored through Endymion, Darius and Hana's points of view and while I don't have a certain favorite I'd have to say that Darius is the closest choice. Mysterious, quietly suffering and very secretive - who doesn't like one of those in a fantasy novel, right?
Hana would have been my favorite if only she would abandon her stupid notion that being a woman is useless, that being a woman is a defect. It is honestly the only thing that rubbed me wrong (very wrong) in the book. I am just hoping that by the end of the trilogy she realizes her potential as a woman, and realizes that you don't need to wear trousers and shun all things feminine to be strong. She has potential, but she herself dwarfs it with her barbaric way of thinking.
The ending left a great potential for the second book, and at this point I don't know how things would unfold at all. Thought the whole book I felt engaged and never once was I bored. I was also scared a lot, as Madson is not gentle to her characters.
I am honestly very surprised that this series isn't more popular. It's much better than lots of "fantasy" novels out there who just follow the same cookie-cutter plot. While The Blood of Whispers is not completely original in any way it does brings new things to the table and it definitely deserves more attention.
Can't wait to read book 2!