My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC provided by NetGalley and author for an honest review
In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.
Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, even if by the hands of death.
But surprises lay beyond every certainty, and within every doubt. Where Wavorly’s hatred for both vampires and her enslavement once flowed free as blood, it merely trickles as she grows to admire her reserved, yet receptive master and savior, Anton Zein.
Although warmed by comforts never felt before, danger still lurks in the castle, and a prophecy calls from beyond the walls of a lavender gate—concealing the horrific secrets lodged between handsome smirks and cinereous eyes. It will take everything within Wavorly to face her fears and her doubts; to harness the truth of her past despite what that means for her future. The only question is, will she?
Set in a richly detailed world of fantasy, A Violet Fire is a gripping journey filled with passion, betrayal, lies, and the encouragement we all need to take a stand for our freedom—no matter the cost.
Would you give your blood to a vampire in need? Even if it left you bedridden for hours, could you find yourslef selfless enough to do so?
A dystopian world where vampires are the majority and humans have become the minority.
The humans have been bred and raised within an academy, only learning what they need to know to serve one of five vampire rulers of the Stratocracy as a submissive servant, giving blood when needed or being sent to the reproduction house where their only role is to reproduce for the benefit of the vampires food supply. Waverly-a feminist symbol trying to break the chains of servitude-is one of few humans not bred in Cain. She remembers the taste of freedom and is determined to feel it once more. Upon graduation from the academy, she is assigned to Master Zein’s supply unit alongside her two friends, Katarii and Savvy, where she becomes a favorite of blood tastes to Zein. She starts to have troubling feelings as with each feeding she learns more about Zein and falls for him. Think a creepy Stockholm syndrome.
A slave house with shelter from the rain, and a slave house without shelter from the rain are still slave houses.
But when Waverly stumbles upon a mysterious violet door, she starts to question if there is more to be known under Zein’s shelter.
The Setting Sun this world giveth and taketh away, hope’s light stripped from malice, virality, hate, grace subdued on the Sun’s brightest day. Jerusalem’s tempest, a century reborn, again and again, forevermore. Sacrifice for sacrifice, thousands spared, thousands torn. The damned claw and forever warn. The heir apparent, the violet judgement, unleashing wrath of the angels forlorn. Jerusalem’s tempest unleashed, again and again, forevermore.
Waverly must escape the world of Cain, but can she succeed when she starts to feel stirrings of love for the one person she swore she would never even like?
Romance, fantasy, and an amazing plot twist, I can’t begin to recommend this enough!