The Propheticus: The Mangitori de Sangue by Emma Daley is the first book in her Propheticus series. It is a paranormal romance book that plays in another world, on another planet. I think the best description is: in another universe. I normally don’t really like stories that play in other worlds: I prefer the ‘it could be your neighbours’ feeling. A tad bit weird is, that this is the second book in a row I’ve read about other planets (see the post before this one about Light of the Moon) 🙂 And thanks to Emma Daley, who was really really kind: she shipped all three books in the series to me, to The Netherlands! (Most of the time I get the digital versions of books from authors, while shipping to Holland is kinda expensive. I’m happy with digital versions of books too, but I prefer the ‘real’ ones. I think reading while holding a book in your hands is very different from reading from your (in my case) phone.
But back to The Propheticus! It is a very nice story, but this first book in the series didn’t drag me into the world Emma Daley is describing. I don’t know why. I’ve thought about what it could be, but got no answers. I was hooked when I was like 120 pages into the story. I felt like the first 100 pages could have been 40 pages long and still tell the same story. Not that I didn’t like the story, but it was a very long time before the real ‘action’ began if you know what I mean.
When I read the summary online I thought I would read right into the ‘action’. But I didn’t. The story that is described on the back of the book starts about halfway into the 282 pages.
There is something frightening about the way a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you. The way its beady red eyes snarl at you, and it’s cheek curls with a hiss to reveal the greedy canines beneath. It is one thing to dream of this beastly creature, and it is another to have it inches from your face, its warm ungodly breath on your cheek, and its pallid gray bones reaching to devour you. My name is Aniah, and once my world was safe. But like many others throughout the universe-and here on the planet Delucia-fate would have me meet with the Mangitori de Sangue; an ancient army of blood-lusting creatures who have been frightening and devouring the inhabitants of the universe for decades. My fate brings me deep into their world. In fact, it is written somewhere-and the stories have been told long before I was ever born-of a prophecy wherein a young woman with the heart and soul of an angel will lead the universe in a victory against the Mangitori de Sangue. I am that woman. I just have to stay alive long enough to figure out how. –Goodreads.com
But still, the idea is great! The world Emma is describing sounds awesome! And Novell (cool name!), the young man who Aniah finds in the desert, I’d sure like to meet him 🙂 . I’m going to read the other two books in the series soon. I hope to read right into the action there, because the real story just got started in this one – and I want to read what happens next of course lol .
Thanks again Emma for giving me the opportunity to read your books, even if it meant shipping them all the way to The Netherlands!