Book Review: Amethyst by K. L. Dimago (Reviewed by Penna Fischer)

If you are interested in purchasing Amethyst, it is available as both paperback and digital. You can also purchase it from Amazon.

amethystHoping to escape a violent past among the fae people, Amethyst set sail on a ship that will bow to no one. Cadell is a captain who must reign in vampire instincts while still squelching anyone who would oppose him. When the two join forces, they must fight back against an enemy who would kill them both. With each turn, Amethyst battles for control and at last, this fae captain must make a decision that could set her free, or cost her everything.

Amethyst is a wonderful story that flips primarily between two character perspectives: Ex-Captain Cadell and Female Captain Amethyst, but there is a large cast of very diverse characters that were both fun and full of surprises. Cadell himself was a captain with ideals despite his cutthroat pirate nature. Amethyst herself is depicted as a strong female captain with eccentric tendencies, and a horrific past. The cast, including the villain of the story, was probably the most delightful part of the story. I could easily draw parallels with stories such as Pirates of the Caribbean, but the characters never fell into those archetypes and always managed to remain original and unique. Add to that fantasy elements and magic, and the recipe was absolutely delightful.

The story was outshined easily by the cast of characters, but it was not easily outclassed. While there were moments that the story almost seemed trivial and vague, later into the book as the events grew upon themselves the story started to really shine. At first it seemed as if the story were a trivial romance where all the male characters inexplicably wanted Amethyst with very little reason. As the story progressed it became a fun ride with pirate battles and a few surprising twists. By mid-book I honestly could not put the story down.

A few flaws to mention for the story. Obviously written by a first time writer there were small issues in both pacing and transition. The story could potentially jump from one scene to another leaving the reader trying to guess where they have now been dropped. Once the reader regained their location, they were often left with the feeling that the story that had been moving rapidly had suddenly ground down to a slow pace. Perhaps if the transitions were smoother the pacing would not have been as jarring. The sub characters could have also been made to be more dynamic. They were wonderful characters all, but the depth was shallow.

Regardless of the book’s small flaws, it was immensely enjoyable. The author shows a lot of promise and I love the imagination. She left enough unanswered questions at the end that I am looking very forward to a sequel, but was still very pleased with the novel that I read. I highly recommend the book and look forward to reading more.

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