My Rating: 4/5
Author: Emma Jean Hoffmann
Title: Poison Heart (Poison Heart Trilogy)
“She killed her true love.
She gave his kingdom to the vampires.
She turned her back on her sworn duty to protect the innocent from the evil that preys on them, vowing to never pick up the sword of duty again.
She wants to die…
But the gods aren’t that merciful to the truly despicable. Imogen is forced to pick up her sword in a quest to rescue the kingdom from the hands of the vampires. And its’ not long before she realizes the horrible truth. To succeed, she will have to revisit the haunting sins of her past, and find a way to recapture her heart from the poison it drowns in.”
Poison Heart is a story about Imogen and her battle with herself and the evil around her. This story takes place in an alternative European setting during “medieval times” and involves vampires, werewolves, warlocks, orcs, etc. My vampire stories are limited so if I was comparing this book to Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It would definitely be Buffy.
The story is mostly written in first person – through Imogen. There are a few parts that are written in third person by other characters in the book. When the reader first meets Imogen, she is in a depressed state being physically and mentally abused. However, this quickly changes into hate as she seeks out to battle against evil vampires. Although she considers herself weak, she continues fighting and moving forward with plans. She is not the typical heroine and has a complex layer to her character. The bad guys in the story are essentially that – bad. There are a few surprises with some characters, but you can read about that for yourselves.
The plot moved rather well. There was action, adventure, and fighting. It also had times of reflection for Imogen that allowed the reader to dive more into her motives and character. I was little curious about exactly what happened between the death of Imogen’s love and how she got to where the beginning of the book started. It was just briefly summarized, but I would have liked a little more information on the turn of events. There were also some grammatically errors in the book and what I call “comma happy” writing. [I’m all for commas, but there were a lot in this book. Perhaps some other forms of punctuation such as semi-colons and hyphens would help in the later books?] The story leaves off for the next book but has a conclusion for the current book.
The Bottom Line:
Overall it was a good read. If you like paranormal/fantasy type stories with mythical creatures that are mostly evil, then you might like this book.