Before I start my review proper, I want to highly recommend that readers read book one “The Calling” first. Having said that if you do read this book first, like I did, you can still follow the story and connect to the characters, and ultimately find the book still a fantastic read. But events from book one pop up and I know that the read would have been even greater with the extra info.
Chris is our main character and hero in this story. Newly turned vampire, he lives and is trained by his maker Julia. Boy has poor Chris got a lot to take in, learning his new world, body, and abilities.
One of his new abilities is that he is a seerer, meaning he has visions of impending situations. One of which show the impending crumbling system between the light and dark immortals, and a blood bath.
There are so many elements in this story, From Chris learning about his new world, to the political scheming between the immortal light Council and their fragile peace with the Dark, and witches.
As the impending danger gets closer many of them start to work together. Giving the reader a nail-biting ride.
I loved the inclusion of the Native Americans, pacifically William, who helps guide Chris to be able to control his mental powers. You really felt the bond between the two characters.
I really enjoyed the romance between Chris and Kirtus, though the guys were too busy to get too many chances of romance. They were certainly each other’s rock of support.
The world building is amazing, integrating vampires, witches, Native Americans, and werewolves into the modern world that us humans live in today. The author manages to blend each culture into each other, in a realistic and natural way, it is easy for the reader to learn about each strand, how he makes a complicated cultural structure easy to learn is a mystery to me.
The book is an epic story of a race against time to save the immortals and the world from destruction. With plenty of plotting and backstabbing between the characters.
M.D. Neu has nice writing style that draws you in. You can not help to get involved with the characters even the less savoury ones. The pace of the story is nice, giving the reader time to take in the events as they happen and not have them pounding at you one straight after the other. I is such a well-balanced writing style.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Called, it was exciting, dangerous, a little scary at times, with a touch of sinister and a little humour. M.D. Neu is a master of his craft of writing
I so hope that there is a third book on its way, so I can submerge myself into the story world once more.