Flora Reviews… Unbroken by Victoria DeLuis. The final book in her completed cozy paranormal mystery series, Rune Witch Mysteries.
Read: 24th – 29th March 2019
Publication Date: 27th March 2019
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
Quote from Unbroken
It’s amazing to meet someone, fall in love and plan to spend the rest of your life with them, but what happens when they are ripped away from you and it feels as though your soul has been shredded.
Unbroken is the fourth and final book in Victoria’s Rune Witch Mysteries series. A cross between urban fantasy and cozy paranormal mystery blending our modern ideas about witchcraft and magic with Welsh mythology. Unbroken is a story (approx 133 pages) set in modern day Wales, UK. Our protagonists are rune witch, Summer Daniels, and long-time boyfriend now fiancé, Thomas Heart. Thomas is human and a master in the martial art of Krav Magna. This series is filled with a host of supernatural beings including house fairies, goblins, dragons and witches.
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.
The Tylwyth Teg took someone from me. I want him back.
When Thomas was taken from me, I wanted to burn the world. To rip it from its orbit and send it crashing into the sun. I’d been broken. But no more.
I’m Summer Daniels. Friend to few. Foe to many. And one angry witch…
… I’m coming for what is mine.
Click the titles to read my reviews for the other books in this fantastic series; Taken (Rune Witch Mysteries #1), Hidden (Rune Witch Mysteries #2), Forgotten (Rune Witch Mysteries #3) or by searching the tag #Rune Witch Mysteries
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I given a digital version of this book for free from the author (Victoria DeLuis) in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks for the advanced copy.
I’m already fan of Victoria DeLuis books. I find her writing style very easy to read and I love the way she crafts her stories. I like the pace and intelligence of her plots, how she evolves her characters and how the various relationships develop – friend and foe.
The urban fantasy world that she created in this series ignited my imagination. Obviously drawing on the wealth of Welsh folklore that’s right on her doorstep. It’s a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality.
The previous book – Forgotten – ended on a cliffhanger. Thomas had been taken! Oh how I’d cried! This first chapter starts where Forgotten left off, with Summer Daniels searching for a way to save Thomas.
Summer and Thomas are still very much in love. Their companionship, the banter they share and their loyalty to each other was wonderful to read and added a further dimension to the series. I’ve enjoyed that the series began with their long-term relationship already solid and just waiting to take that next step into that permanent commitment – marriage. It’s a unique situation in the stories I read and it’s one of the aspects of the Rune Witch Mysteries that kept drawing me back.
As with the previous books, I felt MANY emotions. I held my breath during the fight scenes. My intellect enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. I cried, felt fear and tension. But I also smiled and laughed out loud at some perfectly timed banter.
I gave Unbroken 5 stars because I enjoyed every single page – even the ones that made me cry. 😉
Unbroken can’t be read as a standalone story as it’s the completion of the series. Victoria includes the basic information about the existing characters and previous adventures. However, I don’t think that new readers can just jump in. The series has been building to this final showdown between Summer and Dureth. You’d miss all the nuances that come with knowing the characters and understanding the dynamics of the relationships. Plus you’d miss the small clues of connectivity that have been gleamed from the past adventures if you just jump in cold.
I really loved the Rune Witch Mysteries series and Unbroken was the perfect way to end it. It had mystery, action, magic, humour and romance.
There’s no explicit or graphic violent or sexual scenes in Unbroken. Therefore I feel comfortable recommending it to anyone who likes reading paranormal mysteries.
Read this series if you love a mystery to solve, enjoy fantasy, adventure themes and don’t mind a bit of romance thrown in.
Has my review of UNBROKEN (RUNE WITCH MYSTERIES #4) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so. Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
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Victoria DeLuis is a short story author and novelist, who loves reading – everything – and writing urban fantasy, mystery stories, paranormal romantic suspense, and even the occasional sci-fi.
She was born and raised in South Wales, which offers her a rich heritage and mythology to use in her stories.
After the birth of her daughter, Victoria decided to abandon the corporate life, return to education, and pursue her lifelong passion for writing. So, she studied creative writing and gained a first class honours degree. After which, she put on a brave face and headed out into the big scary world of publishing.
Victoria is now busy, busy, busy: Being a mum, writing (and doing all the additional tasks that come with publishing), and running her small book promotion site – magicbookdeals.com. Victoria has now also completed a Master’s Degree in Novel Writing.
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