Icarus: The Kindred by J.S. Chancellor–a Review

In either late Spring or early Summer, my friend, J.S. Chancellor, asked a few her friends and a acquaintances to give her some feedback on her latest title. It was called Icarus. I was super excited to see the next “something” before it had even been published, so I emailed her back, and within the week, I had the file. Unfortunately, it took almost a whole additional week before I could actually read it due to technical difficulties; gotta LOVE modern technology sometimes, right?

When I finally sat down to read Icarus off my computer screen, I was kicking myself for offering to be a guinea pig. Hadn’t I JUST finished a vampire novel? COULD I read another? As it turned out, my fears were unfounded. Completely. I was hooked by the end of the first paragraph. Roughly six hours later, I had finished the file, and emailed J.S. a lot of praised and a few (and I do mean few) critiques.

I was privileged and felt honored to be able to help one of my favorite writers by taking the all important position of “Sounding Board” for her.”

As for the story itself, well, let’s just say it’s not your typical vamp fare, and I definitely would NOT recommend this book for the Young Adult Twihard Crowd. It’s a little mature for that. But we have a vampire, Jessica, who, it seems, is also a bounty hunter, who, well…you’ll just have to read it. Suffice it to say that I cried, I laughed until I cried some more. I even emailed J.S. about the Genesis of certain characters , certain that I knew the people that they had been based on.

It was such an honor to be able to work with J.S. on this. I cannot thank her enough. The rough version I had marked mentally at 4.5 stars (always room for improvement), but have no doubt the final version will knock it out of the park with a 5/5 or above. Yes, dear readers, this book may qualify for the coveted 8/5 stars! Lol!

On a serious and honest note, though: get the book if you’re into the whole vamp-fic-thing. Better yet, even if you’re not: get it anyway because these bampires are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Think Blake with an ironic, dry, almost British, sense of humor.

Hands down, this is one of my favorite pieces I’ve read this year, and the year’s almost over. Get it now, just in time for the Holiday’s.


About Navah Vesper Anat Yehudit

I am an avid fan of the Ballet, am expanding my tastes in Opera and all all Classical Arts. I enjoy Japanese art, needle craft, crochet, knitting, and though my past-times are old-fashioned, and some of my ideas are, that isn't necessarily a bad thing in this age of progress for the sake of progress.
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