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Venators: Magic Unleashed

(Venators #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The dark unknown beckons.
Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation for anything from the supernatural world, and she's trying to hide it. If she doesn't, her reckless twin brother Ryker storms in fits of rage, and she starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping. But the closer she gets to Grey Malteer - an old friend who waves his fascination with fantasy like a fla
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Brown Books Publishing Group (first published October 1st 2016)
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Whispering Stories
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Venators: Magic Unleashed is the first book in a new series by Devri Walls. It has been a long time since I have read a book featuring mythical/supernatural beings and so it took me a little while to get into the story.

The book begins on Earth and the fantasy element took a few chapters to emerge. There were a lot of characters to understand and to get to know, so many that I ended up having to write a list to remind me who was who.

The plot opens with so
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

Very grateful and excited to be part of the blog tour for this book, it's a pleasure, but as you always know, my thoughts are 100% my own.

Venator is a super entertaining and easy-to-read book that really surprised me. I used to be a big fan of the urban genre in the past, but I haven't read anything related for a long time and I enjoyed that aspect a lot, especially since I feel a lot of nostalgia reading it. It has very well created action scenes and the world-building seemed very successful fo
Alice (Married To Books)
3.75 stars!

I don’t tend to pick up urban fantasy books, since I’m not the most confident reader when it comes to lots of high stakes action and a range of supernatural creatures/occurrences. Venators was easy to get into. It certainly doesn’t hold back from the adventure and sometimes some brutality however, that’s what kept the story interesting. Each chapter contained something new that enticed me on further until the final page. I liked the fantasy world-buildings and meeting Rune, who is clo
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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Attacked by creatures that can’t possibly exist 6 years ago, Grey hides strange new abilities. Whenever Rune’s around anything remotely supernatural, an angry pressure builds and she wants to know why… before she loses control. By order of an unknown council they are pulled through a portal into an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.

The review...

I quite enjoyed this book. My brothers
Lili  Marcus
Venators: Magic Unleashed surprised me. I was expecting it to be good - it exceeded good. The book introduces Venators, beings who have specific abilities, and reintroduces every paranormal and magical being we only read and see on TV. This element of the story alone is enough for me to pick up this book, but I didn't know this because I decided to dive into the story knowing nothing. And imagine my surprise when little by little the fictional world and its magic system is introduced to me. Es ...more
Dini - dinipandareads
I'm rounding my rating up because I really enjoyed this fast-paced supernatural fantasy. There were some elements that stopped me from fully immersing myself in the story but it was a lot of fun to read and I'm looking forward to learning what happens next!

The story is set in two places: modern day earth complete with frat parties and college life, and Eon, the alternate world where all supernaturals such as faeries, elves, werewolves, vampires, witches and a wide range of other creatures, are r
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rune Jenkins is starting to freak out, her life isn’t going the way she expected and she keeps experiencing an unexplainable anger whenever she reads/see’s something remotely related to the paranormal or monsters. Grey Malteer is obsessed with monsters ever since he was attacked by indescribable creatures one night six years ago. Rune and Grey have known each other for years and have a tenuous friendship, mainly tested by Runes twin brother Ryker, but what they don’t know is just how linked they ...more
Faith The Assassin
Once again, I am blown away by Devri Wall's writing style and how she weaves these amazing stories with such creative and unique worlds and such interesting characters. First The Solus Series, then The Wizard's Heir and now this- Venators: Through the Arch- all which I have enjoyed immensely.

Venators was such a fun and captivating read. Such a unique take on the paranormal/fantasy genre. I really enjoyed every thing this story had to offer- the unique world building, the characters that continue
Anca Antoci
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Venator is my first encounter with Devri Walls, but given how much I enjoyed it, I’m sure it won’t be the last. Her writing style is fluid, without many embellishments, which helps with the fast-paced action of the story. I found the difference between the two realms exciting.

The story starts in the human world with relatable situations such as family problems, frat parties, and getting drunk. The world as we know it disappears once we get to Eon, another realm, a different reality where every m
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ Tour

Rune Jenkins loves all things supernatural, but has to suppress her fascination around her twin, Ryker. For some reason he’s taken an extreme dislike of the things she likes and it’s exhausting hiding it from him. One person she knows embraces the supernatural though and Grey Malteer doesn’t seem to care that people think he’s weird. When creatures suddenly come hunting for them, Rune is in for a rude awakening. The things she’s been drawn to are not fantasy, they’re real and s
Elizabeth Tabler
Venators is a fast-paced novel about two intertwining stories, Grey Malteer and Rune Jenkins and Rune Jenkins. At the beginning of the story, Rune and Grey are just typical college students. Rune and Grey study for classes and avoid bullies and studying for classes. Rune has a fit of wild anger that erupts whenever she is around anything paranormal. Gray has powers that that that he tries to keep quiet. Through a bit of craziness, Rune and Gray are pulled through a portal into a world of the par ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Rating: 4.5 stars

This review is part of the #Venators Blog Tour Hosted by the WriteReads.

Thanks a ton, Dave from @TheWriteReads and the author-Devri Walls, for giving me this opportunity and providing me with a free e-book copy of ‘The Venators: Magic Unleashed’ on exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

What are Venators first of all? They are a group of humans with genetic mutations which render them immense power, strength and agility and immunity to vampire bites, fae magic, werewolve
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
You can read my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here.

Many thanks to TheWriteReads and Devri Walls for a finished copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I was basically told I had to read this book, under pain of … well, I don’t actually know, but they used or else, and you know that New Yorkers mean business when they say that, so I took notice.

Magic Unleashed is a portal fantasy to a dark, unforgiving world where danger lurks around every turn … so, you know, my kind of p
Caffeinated Fae
TW: Sexual Assualt, Child Abuse, Abuse, mention of slavery, mention of forced prostitution, Victim blaming verbiage.

When I was approached about this book tour, I knew I needed to jump in. Magic Unleased is right up my alley, and I couldn't wait to get started. I ended up low on time, so I snagged the audiobook so that I could read it while reading a few other books in between. The narrator did a good job of portraying the characters, though, at times, his voice bordered on monotone.

Devri Walls
Lel Budge
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grey and Rune are seemingly typical college students, but they have powers they keep relatively hidden.

They are pulled through a portal and enter a very different world. A world of magic and chaos, of vampire, werewolves and so much more.

With a large cast of characters, great world building and an exciting plot, this fast paced fantasy tale is enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to The Write Reads for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a
April Sarah
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, signed
3.5 stars
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*I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Tessa (Talks Books)
Favorite Character: Beltran

A shapeshifter who relishes the role of trickster, he seems an unlikely choice for favorite character. He is dastardly and self-serving and follows only his desire for fun and what’s best for Beltran. Tate tells Gray and Rune not to trust him, ever, and I took him at his word. So why is he my favorite character? You’ll have to read the novel to find out.

What I Loved

The setting is our world and another world that exists alongside ours, accessible only through special ga
You can read my full review on my blog, Flora's Musings...

What did I like?I don’t usually read Young Adult (YA) books or stories about college students but agreed to read Magic Unleashed for a number of reasons; the front cover caught my eye – you’ve got to agree, it screams “powerful female” and the story description piqued my interest – a world where all manner of supernatural creatures live, descendants of genetically altered humans, political intrigue, untapped magical powers, yes please an
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Geeky Galaxy

You didn't think I was going to get my hands on an urban fantasy and not review it did you? I started Venators: Magic Unleashed only a few days before this post is up, because I work best under pressure, apparently. Or, that's what I keep telling myself. From the description, I went in with high expectations. Read the summary above, "fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi". What more could I want?

The Plot

The introduction was short and action-filled
Hey guys, so I just finished Venators:Magic Unleashed(used to be Through The Arch) (#1) by Devri Walls. I have no idea why it took me so long to read this amazing novel. Seriously, I loved her other series, why did I have any doubt that I wouldn't enjoy this one? Silly me. So obviously, I loved this novel. It was descriptive, but I liked how...causal it was. It wasn't too fancy or hard to read. The description added essential background information to the characters that I grew to love. Oy, let ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After reading some awesome reviews my first thought when I picked up this book was ‘where is Beltran’? Butt i was captivated by this world and characters and therefore forgot about Beltran for a while… maybe… hehe

The world building and characters where (as I said) definitely the main thing that caught my interest. We are introduced to so much of this world at once that I was afraid I wouldnt be able to understand it but I could imagine the world so vividly in my mind that I felt like I was their
I received this book for part of blog tour for The Write Reads. All thoughts are my own.

I enjoyed reading this book as it had many aspects I really liked from the fantasy, to the characters (and their banter) and the political aspect. But in the end of was left feeling like I wanted a bit more from the story and that some parts weren’t the most original. I would still recommend if you love YA fantasy or even if you don’t, it would be a good one to check out.

I'm rating it 3.5 stars!!!

You can se
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
I loved this book so much! It's been so long since I've been totally caught up in a book like this one, totally engulfed by it and I read it so fast that I was so sad when I turned the last page and hit a brick wall! I really wanted this to continue and the reason I'm giving it 4 stars is that I wanted just a little bit more. Everything was so good, the characters were so well developed and fleshed out, but I really wanted to keep reading it for a long time ahah! I'm really looking forward to bo ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Omg...Devri has done it again! I LOVED this! Can't wait for book 2, full review coming soon! ...more
I was one of the lucky people who got this book send and signed by the author to write an honest review.
Thank you so much, Devri Walls!

So first of all, I love fantasy and new worlds! This book takes you into a magical new world were all legends come to life. That kind of reminded me of the shadowhunters quote "all legends are true", but trust me there is soo much more in the world of Eon. It's a parallel dimension where every creature you could think of exists and even beyond that.

The two main
Anne (ReadEatGameRepeat)
This was a mixed bag for me. I thought the premise was pretty interesting but there were some plot elements that didn't really sit with me. Like there are some instances when a female character (Rune) gets (justifiably) angry at someone but she's basically told that she's crazy while a man (Grey) gets angry for a pretty similar reason and he's told he's right to feel that way. And its not just that its also a major plot point that Rune has to control her anger and rage and that she is just like ...more
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Back in 2016, I read and blogged about Venators: Through the Arch, which was later picked up by a new publisher, given a re-write, a spiffy new cover, and was re-born as Venators: Magic Unleashed . I haven't read that old post in a long time, and won't until I finish with this one, I'm only linking out of habit. I hate to say it, but I remember very little about the original version of this book beyond a vague gra
Proud Book Reviews
This is the first book in a series (there are only 2 books?) about a world that is parallel to our own. There are doorways that connect the two, except these have been cursed to open at random times and there’s no set time the door will be open for. This makes it super hard for anyone to move between the two worlds.

Given all the fantasy creatures like werewolves, dragons, vampires, elves, faeries etc are all in this alternate world and many of them aren’t that friendly that’s probably a good thi
Alexandra Mack
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic Unleashed transports you to a new world full of vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, succubi, and Venators. My favorite character for this novel was Rune, a strong college-age girl who spends most of her time trying to keep her twin brother Ryker out of trouble for her parents. She was tired of her normal life, but she wasn't ready to be transported to this new world. Her first thought when she was there was worrying about whether or not her brother was safe on the other side. I was excite ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Whenever there is a chance to participate in an Ultimate Blog Tour with The Write Reads, I always jump at the opportunity because the books are always top notch, and Venators: Magic Unleashed was no exception.

Six years ago, Grey was attacked by supernatural beings that couldn’t possibly exist. Since the attack, he has gained some interesting supernatural abilities that he must go above and beyond to hide as to not draw attention to himself.

Rune and Ryker are twins. Rune is sick of cleaning up af
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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.

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