“Daniel Thatcher has accepted some hard truths. He knows his parents are junkies, his ex-girlfriend’s a cheater, and he’s one write-up away from losing his job. But what he’s unwilling to accept is that his friend Tony skipped town for no reason. So when Daniel finds a map Tony left behind, he follows it to a remote section of the Cascade Mountains.
It’s a land filled with haunting shadows and crowded trees—an area untouched by man. Or so Daniel thinks. Not long after arriving in the woods, Daniel discovers inhabitants living in the heart of the forest. Despite their peculiar behavior, the reclusive residents posses an allure that goes far beyond their beauty. But beneath their lovely exterior rests a sinister secret, one that’s both lethal and tragic.
It seems the dead don’t always stay buried. Now Daniel’s forced to accept the hardest truth of all: monsters do exist, and if they have it their way, he’ll soon become one of them.”
What I thought:
Friends, just this once, please be advised that this review may contain some minor spoilers <3
While Colors of Immortality had much to love, one of my favourite things happened right at the start. Muller throws you into the action right away but she does it gently, without info-dumping and without overwhelming. There’s no slow, boring build-up, but it doesn’t feel like too much too soon, either.
All throughout the book I kept wondering what was going to go wrong. There’s another world full of magic and darkness right next to ours, and poor Daniel kind of stumbles into it. So there’s tons of scope for things to go wrong!
A few small things are revealed as the story progresses, but it also leaves plenty of questions and tension for the second book.
No more secrets; she was finally free.
And I was finally aware.
Colors of Immortality had one thing I LOVE in urban fantasies: the idea that magic exists all around us, and we don’t realise it because we’re humans and not worthy. It takes me right back to my childhood where I saw magic everywhere; stories like this always make me nostalgic <3
At the end, Muller includes an intriguing little extra. She tells the villain’s–Thorn’s–backstory a little like a fairy tale, and you’ll gobble it up if you love lore!
There were only two things that didn’t work for me. [SPOILER] The first was the insta-love between Daniel and Fantasia. BUT Muller has hinted that there’s a reason for that, so I’m looking forward to learning more. I can be fine with insta-love if it’s not genuine insta-love but if magic is involved. Makes it much more realistic o.o [SPOILER]
The other thing that bugged me was how jealous Fantasia was. Dan talked to his ex because she wanted to make sure he was okay after a traumatic thing happened, and Fantasia reacted like he cheated on her. It was just a little strong for me. Between that and the insta-love, they both needed a cold shower.
Colors of Immortality is an easy recommendation if urban fantasy is your genre and if you like the idea that magic exists alongside our world without us realising it. It’s a great debut, and promises so much more! The future is bright for this young author.* The sequel, Shades of Death, will be in my next book haul for sure!
*who knew I’d get a Sims 3 reference into a book review? I win at life.
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