My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I began reading Blackbrooke a few months ago, but my own writing got in the way of my finishing it until now, but, I’m delighted to say, I’ve spent the last 2 days avidly devouring this fantastic first volume in Emma Silver’s trilogy, and I can’t wait to get hold of volume 2.
The premise of a town populated by both humans and monsters that is an attraction to the outside world, rather like a theme park is great, but Emma Silver goes much deeper than this in her mythology, and there are a whole lot of other goings on that become apparent right from the beginning of the book, as The Rules that residents of Blackbrooke have to live by are outlined right at the beginning.
It’s a fantastic read, and set in a fictional town here in the United Kingdom, which is rather unusual in itself, seeing as books tend to be either set generally in the USA or in a completely fictionalized world, so it’s great that I can relate to the book more closely, because I’m a UK resident myself.
This is a YA book that has a smattering of language (only one f-bomb towards the end of the book), but it is quite visceral when it comes to describing just how the monsters of Blackbrooke, particularly the Hunters and the Queens, treat their victims, so if the reader has a delicate stomach, you have been warned!
Liberty Connor and her friends will take you on a journey that will have your heart pounding in your chest, and like me, you will be dying to read the next volume, because the ending is a wonderful cliffhanger, something which I didn’t see coming.
I was fortunate to read an advance copy of Blackbrooke, and I did notice some glaring grammatical errors, which I hope have been corrected in the retail version. Still, Emma Silver has written a book that promises to be a gripping and very entertaining trilogy, and I look forward to reading and reviewing each book as they are released.
Recommended, and very worthy of 5 stars.