Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Scorpio’s Grace by Rosie Wylor-Owen. Book 1 in Rosie’s new urban fantasy series Scorpio’s Grace Saga. I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive (ARCs) from authors, publishers and PR organisers like this one.
Read: 17th April – 5th May 2020
Publication Date: 6th November 2019
Quote from Scorpio’s Grace
“Out of the corner of her eye, Olivia’s duvet moved. Freya’s heart sank. Twelve years since she had escaped Kander, she had hoped fervently after Olivia’s birth that she would never have to watch her mother battle for their freedom. In the blink of an eye any hope she clung to was dashed”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 5/5
Scorpio’s Grace is the first book (approx. 216 pages) in a new Urban Fantasy adventure by British indie author, Rosie Wylor-Owen. This book is set in England, a fair amount of the action taking place in London.
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
Dark and dangerous things are hidden in Freya Aldana’s past. After twelve years on the run, they are coming for her. A druid with coveted powers, Freya is wanted by the most influential power-trafficking mogul in the supernatural black market: Gregory Kander.
Accompanied by her old flame and two fellow escapees, Freya investigates Paris’ magic exclusion zones and London’s back streets to discover what Kander has planned for her. Her freedom at stake, she turns to the Goddess Scorpio to grant her the strength to defeat her enemies and protect her young daughter. However, Scorpio has greater gifts in mind for her steadfast loyalty.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from the author (Rosie Wylor-Owen) in exchange for a candid review.
This does not affect my review or influence my thoughts; these are my words and this is my honest opinion about the book.
I follow Rosie’s blog – The Secret Library Book Blog – and love reading her posts. However, this is the first time I’ve read one of her books. She was kind enough to send it to me as the second book in the saga is due to be released soon. I’m so glad that she did! I loved her writing style; the prose she used, the way she built and paced her plot and balanced the physical conflict with the emotional. I really loved that she “showed” us her characters’ personalities rather than just telling us what they were like. Letting them exhibit these traits in their behaviour in every scene as the story unfolded is far more accomplished.
The urban fantasy world that Rosie has created is a melting pot that ignited my imagination. She’s filled her world with various supernatural species all unknown to the human race. Druids wield different magical gifts. The Nexus create and enforce the laws that keep humans safe and ignorant of the dangerous world they inhabit. I love that all is not as clear cut as it seems. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the grey area.
We’re thrown into the action from the first chapter. As a mother myself, I felt my own heart pounding in fear. Our protagonist, Freya, quickly showed herself to be resourceful and able to protect herself. She’s a character that I could believe in and I liked her a lot. She exhibited all of the personality traits that I admire and need main characters to have – intelligence, resourcefulness, resilience – and while she is able to defend herself with deadly force, she still has a loving soul and puts others first.
Scorpio’s Grace kept me guessing. I didn’t know how it would end or who would survive. I was gripped and couldn’t stop turning the pages. Some of the themes in this book are quite dark and gritty. Highlighting the underbelly of humanity. However, it’s written with such emotion, sensitivity and eloquence that it pulled me in further. I actually found myself holding my breath while reading quite a few pages in this book. 😉
Obviously, I loved this book as I rated it 5 stars. 😉 However, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t mention the couple of niggles that I had reading it.
Firstly Elijah. He’s supposed to be a skilled bounty hunter for a supernatural policing organisation called the Nexus. However, his knowledge of the seedier side of the world and skills fell far short for me. Throughout this story, he felt more like a hindrance although I never doubted his feelings and loyalty for Freya.
Secondly, they say ignorance is bliss. However it frustrates me no end when protagonists are kept in the dark about important stuff “for their own good”. In this story, the shoe is on the other foot. Our protagonist, Freya, is keeping stuff from someone she obviously cares about “to keep him safe“. In my opinion, this puts him in more danger not less – forewarned is forearmed.
I love that the immediate threat to Freya and her friends is dealt with without resorting to a perilous cliffhanger! 🥳Woop!Woop!🥳 However, this is the first book in a new series so there’s plenty of questions left to answer. The remaining threats to their safety have only grown and there are mysteries to solve. However, in my opinion, this is fabulous; it leaves enough background story arcs to continue into the next book and beyond.
I loved this action-packed urban fantasy story! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star read. Great scenes that get the adrenaline pumping. An intelligent plot to get the little grey cells whirling. Nail biting tension and well written characters on both sides of the fence.
There are some very dark topics regarding black market trafficking, child kidnapping and graphic scenes in this urban fantasy story. Therefore, I’d recommend Scorpio’s Grace to adults who are not offended by this sort of content.
If you’re a fan of strong, independent, kickass characters, a story with Hitchcock-esque tension and true to life relationship drama then Scorpio’s Grace by Rosie Wylor-Owen is the book for you!
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USA Today bestselling author Rosie Wylor-Owen was born in Worcester, England at the height of baggy jeans and boyband popularity.
An award-winning author of paranormal, urban fantasy and science-fiction stories. Rosie’s work has appeared in the literary magazines The Fiction Pool, Anti-Heroin Chic and Ariel Chart. Her work has also been featured on the Manawaker Studios Podcast and in the “Magical Crime Scene Investigation” anthology with Otter Libris. In March 2018 she self-published her short story “The Witch’s Touch.“
In addition to blogging and guest blogging about writing, Rosie regularly contributes to the millennial lifestyle magazine Unwritten.
Rosie lives in London with her husband where she continues to write her novels.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I hope that I’ve tempted you to add Scorpio’s Grace to your ever growing TBR piles. 😉
I hope you have a great day. Remember to stay safe & healthy, and loose yourself in a great story.