|Posted on February 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM|
Author Edain Duguay has written the beginning of what I hope is a very long series. A new work of mystery and fantasy set in the here and now. Where our day to day lives seem absolutely normal, until you find out the truth.
Shipton-under-Wychwood is a sleepy English village where Kate Henson arrives to study at theatre school. She meets the son of the local peerage, and they fall deeply in love, however, they come from two very different worlds.
Something is not quite right, and as more mysterious deaths occur in the nearby town of Oxford, the truth finally begins to unravel exposing a world hidden in plain sight. A world far more terrifying and deadly than anyone could imagine. Between England and Croatia the body count rises as a struggle for power emerges.
An accidental event turns the wheels of fate and our lovers find themselves caught in the middle. One finds the truth and the other....well, vampires don't exist, everyone knows that... but the myths and legends behind them do.
...The answer comes from the unearthing of an ancient and frightening secret society of deadly creatures masquerading as humans. Mankind is not at the top of the food chain and hasn’t been for a very long time.
(Description from the author's website)
I found many elements of Chameleon, book one of The Chameleon Sagas to be reminiscent of the initial story in the Twilight series. Girl from average family meets and falls for mysterious rich boy. She finds his family are the gentle and caring of their kind. Their affection becomes mutual. Then all hell breaks loose.
But that's where the similarities end. This story by Edain Duguay is what Twilight could have been, and so much more!
Happy me with my lovely copy of Chameleon
Check out its size - perfect to take with you anywhere
The main character, Kate Henson, is not a weak, limp female looking for a strong male to care for and control her. She is independent, strong, smart, and stubborn. She is also the one who works out most of the problems, fixing many of them herself. She asks questions, and works out the riddles within the story.
Actually, there are many strong female characters in this book. Not to say the men are written to be ineffectual. No, there is a nice balance between the men and women. They all have equal parts that play out like a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance routine.
The story is set in parts of the Uk. I really enjoyed the old world charm of the school, the Marston estate, and even Kate and her mum's cottage described lovingly by the author (an expat now living in Canada). I also loved the descriptions of St. Catherine's Island off the coast of Rovinj, Croatia, another location within the story. I had never heard of it until now, so I looked it up. Bad move. Now I desperately want to visit. See for yourself - gorgeous hotel on the island.
The story moves along at a quick pace and I was very perturbed when it was over. The ending was quite good and did clear up a number of earlier mysteries and tensions, but I have to wait until Book 2 to find out what happens next for a few characters. Nuts.
I can't wait to find out what happens next!
I highly recommend you start reading the Chameleon Sagas before it gets snatched up and made into a movie. It would make a fabulous movie!
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All the best, your GG