Turned: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series

Julie Kenner Blood Lily Chronicles 1. Tainted 2. Torn 3. Turnedurban fantasy book reviews Julie Kenner The Blood Lily Chronicles 3. TurnedTurned by Julie Kenner

Turned is the third, and best, book in Julie Kenner’s Blood Lily Chronicles series. The convergence is coming, when hell’s gates will open, spilling out hordes of demons onto the Earth. Lily is the linchpin in the schemes of both Good and Evil, the “Prophecy Girl” who must choose between two fates: becoming queen of the demons, or locking the gates at the cost of her own eternal torment. Lily knows which path she must choose, but darned if queendom doesn’t sound a lot more appealing than burning in hell forever…

Yet there might be a third way… There are legends of a lost key that could lock the gates without requiring Lily’s sacrifice. She’s all for this, naturally, and so she searches for it, with the help of her evil-smiting “team”: Deacon, Lily’s demonic lover; Rose, Lily’s sister; and Rachel, Alice Purdue’s sister. But our heroes are running out of time.

The plot is filled with suspense and emotion; the reader feels Lily’s mounting sense of panic as the time for her terrible choice draws near, and the chaos in the streets of Boston as the demonic legions begin their conquest. Along the way, Kenner incorporates lots of little “Chekhov’s Guns” from earlier in the series (remember Alice’s knife tattoo?) and ties all of her plot threads together well.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series, from its twisting plot to its unlikely heroine and the terrible decisions she faces. I don’t know if Kenner plans to continue The Blood Lily Chronicles; the ending of Turned leaves the reader satisfied, but leaves the door open to further stories. I can say, though, that I recommend these three installments to fans of fast-paced urban fantasy with a dark edge.

The prose is uncomplicated, which makes for a quick read. I tend to like it a bit “purpler,” but your mileage may vary. And an ornate style probably wouldn’t have suited Lily’s voice anyway.

And by the way, might I mention an aspect of the romantic subplot that’s really refreshing? Lily knows who she wants and loves. Throughout her story, supernatural forces induce her to become attracted to several other characters, but she realizes it’s just the magic talking, and that she doesn’t have to act on it.


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KELLY LASITER is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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2 comments

  1. Sounds interesting. Will look out for them.

  2. I have this series on my list to get and read. They do sound fabulous and you make them sound even better. Thanks!

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