5 out 5 Stars
Hellhound Awakened By Karen Swart
At a young age Kasadya learns that she is born a Hellhound. Creatures created by God to battle and destroy demons. As a young Hellhound she is taken to the realm Exsilium to begin her apprentice training. She gets the toughest of all trainers that has absolute no mercy for his apprentice’s and she has a hard time surviving his training. Soon she starts to fit in and discover her new world and the reasons for their existence and war. But then the inevitable happens and she and her friend ends up in hell where she must fight demons to survive. Her journey is hard with no silver lining awaiting her. But then a group of humans comes to her aid, or would it be her destruction?
This was great combination of the paranormal world. Karen takes a lot of paranormal creatures and elements and infuses them into one single book. The plot was set out nicely with a lot of twist and turns that kept me intrigued and unable to put the book down. Kasadya was my favorite from all the characters. She starts out an uncertain teenager, and then slowly develops into a warrior and woman she was meant to be. Chax’s character left so many questions that I can’t wait to read the next book to find out more about him. He reminded me of Demitri of Vampire Academy but with something more dangerous around his character. Karen’s description about each character was great and I could picture them easy. Even hopping Nanini was a great addition to the cast.
During my read a lot of other novels came to mind that is similar to her novel. Great novels like Immortal After Dark from Kresley Cole, Larrisa Ione’s Demonica series, Vampire Academy and Underworld.
The novel started off slow to explain and develop the story. But with a lot of twist and turns the novel quickly went into a fast pace with action after action to follow. Her description of the fighting scenes was well developed and I was able to see each scene playoff in my own head. Karen’s talent for action is just beginning and I would love to see more action packed novels from her. Being a Young Adult book, her writing style is well suited for them. As an adult you might find some of the writing confusing at first, but soon it will be second nature and you will be settled into the novel.
My favorite quote from this novel: “Take life one step at a time, and you would find that some steps where worth taking,”