Seraphym Wars, #1

When I first heard the title Seraphym Wars I automatically thought this would be a Christian fiction book. Seraphym or Seraph are celestial beings. They are the highest beings in the Christian angelic hierarchy, and are supposed to be the caretakers of God's throne. While there are Christian elements in this story I'm not sure if I could call it Christian fiction. I got a nice surprise. Although I enjoy Christian fiction I enjoyed not being able to predict the story even more.

The world Rebecca Ryals Russell created is a very interesting one. It has steam punk elements, with a Victorian twist. It also had supernatural elements, and mythology played a big part. One of the things I liked most was that Rebecca made the supernatural and mythology elements her own. She gave dragons, one of my favorite mythological creatures, an interesting twist.

The main character Myrna wasn't my favorite character, because I had problems with her personality. She was in a very complicated and life threatening situation. Yet she managed to go nuts over nearly every boy that crossed her path. She's was also supposed to be this super powerful character yet I haven't really seen that side of her yet. To me she was the weak link of the story. I hope to see this changed in the future books.

Book Blurb for Odessa

Myrna Ashlin Watts graduated from High School in Jacksonville, Fl just in time to find herself transported to a bizarre and primal planet corrupted by demon-dragons. And they want her DEAD. Her problem is she has been recruited to kill them, too.

18-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, struggling with inner demons resulting from a rape two years earlier, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demon-dragons responsible for her brother’s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets Michael, who becomes her guide and explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on an enchanted island.

Reluctantly, and knowing it is her only way to get back home, she agrees to lead, battling dragons and monsters while crossing swamps and mountains, forests and seas. She wrangles with the old inner demons when three very different men join her quest—a seasoned demon/dragon-slayer who irritates but beguiles her, a tender and sweet mentor in whom she trusts completely and a roguishly handsome Scientist who sets her senses aflame. How is she expected to lead the others and keep everyone safe with so much inner turmoil?

Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.00