Cheryl Wilson

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  • Legacy - Book One of the Balancer Chronicles on May 22, 2011

    Legacy by Chris Adonn is Book One of the Balancer Chronicles. The Balancer Chronicles is an urban fantasy series - with a unique twist. The world imagined by Chris Adonn contains vampires, and hags, and supernatural creatures of all sorts; but also an immortal race which exists alongside humans, and this race is the Balancers. The Balancers have been created to keep the supernatural elements in the world in check, and they live their long lives battling supernatural creatures, or humans who are trying to expose supernatural creatures to the rest of the world. The Balancers live a human life, generally without realizing that they are any different from anyone else, but when they die they are reborn as Balancers and are then immortal. The author has done a beautiful job of world-building, and it is easy to visualize the world and accept it as reality. I love the concept. Legacy, the first book of the series, introduces Katrina Blake who is just learning about the Balancers, via a journal she discovers in the family estate. The journal tells the life story of James Blackburne, a Balancer who is connected to Katrina though she does not realize it. James details his life, and his companions, including another Balancer called Wolfgang, and a vampire called Bas. The story moves slowly, partly because it is told via a journal, and partly because James spends a huge amount of time explaining the Balancers' history and his history for Katrina. As mentioned earlier, I think the author does a great job of setting the stage in this book; now that I know all about the Balancers, I am ready to dive right into the action!
  • The Eyes that See - A Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles on June 11, 2011

    The Eyes That See by Chris Adonn is a prequel to the Balancer Chronicles. If those who are unfamiliar with the Chronicles, they are an urban fantasy series - with a unique twist. The world imagined by Chris Adonn contains vampires, and hags, and supernatural creatures of all sorts; but also an immortal race which exists alongside humans, and this race is the Balancers. The Balancers have been created to keep the supernatural elements in the world in check, and they live their long lives battling supernatural creatures, or humans who are trying to expose supernatural creatures to the rest of the world. The Balancers live a human life, generally without realizing that they are any different from anyone else, but when they die they are reborn as Balancers and are then immortal. The author has done a beautiful job of world-building, and it is easy to visualize the world and accept it as reality. The Eyes That See, a prequel to the series, revolves around a secret society (called "The Eyes That See"), which believes in supernatural beings. One of their members, Frederick, also believes that there is another type of being, a Balancer, which exists to keep the supernatural species in check. His belief is vindicated when his protege, Adam, manages to obtain evidence of their existence. But Frederick's superiors are strangely unhappy about the news...and Adam & Frederick are now in danger. This is a short prequel, really just providing some back story to the Chronicles. The world-building is good, and the series shows great promise.