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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
A Violet Fire marks the beginning of The Chronicles of Avignon Trilogy by Kelsey Quick. And what a gripping beginning it is! The author has imagined a world where vampires rule, and humans have been turned into nothing less than slaves and food for vampires. In this world, vampires have created breeding houses called Saya. Children born in Saya have no means of knowing what is a normal human being's life; they are brainwashed to believe that serving their vampire master is the noblest act. Wavorly was not born in Saya. She lived a normal life until one fateful night when vampires killed her parents, and she was held captive by Anton Zein, one of the five highest-ranking officials in Cain. Like all the girls of her age, she was sent to Nightingale's School of Infantry Supply, where she was stripped of her name and given a new identifier: Z29734. They captured her, but even the fearsome vampires could not capture her spirit. Wavorly has made it her mission to escape her captors and no longer be a slave to anyone.
A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick is one of the most gripping tales I've ever come across. This bizarre world is truly fascinating and horrid. The idea of humans being reduced to nothing more than food is daunting. In such a world, a free-spirited Wavorly is refreshing. Her quick wit is a welcome contrast in the gloomy world of vampires and slave humans. She is a headstrong girl, who does not choose an easy way out to make things more comfortable. She does not hold her tongue. There are times when she observes a vampire acting in a noble manner, still, she does not let her feelings deter her from planning her freedom. Needless to say, Wavorly is my favorite character due to all of these qualities. Her thought process is in sync with her circumstances, and the author has done a praiseworthy job of keeping her an authentic free spirit.
There is not a single dull moment in this book. The plot moves swiftly towards the end and paves the way for the next book in the series. The story never gets monotonous as there are so many twists that the reader cannot put down the book until reaching the end and then craves the next book in the series asap. I would recommend this book to all fantasy lovers. A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick has all the ingredients to become the next Hollywood movie about vampires.