Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day of Sacrifice

Day of Sacrifice: The Prophecy (Day of Sacrifice Stories #1) by S. W. Benefiel
(Discloser: I received this eBook free in order to write a review)
Flora is approaching her twenty first birthday. That is normally an exciting time for a young woman, but Flora isn’t normal. She is the first born in her family and, therefore, is the family sacrifice to the Gods. Her entire life has lead up to the day of her death. Her sacrifice ensures the Gods blessings on her family. Flora is a bit of a rebelled but she knows her duty. She pushes the limits to the fullest extent but she knows what will happen on her birthday. Her pure body (she’s a virgin) will be sacrificed to the Gods.
My thoughts: (Some spoilers)
For a short story, this novella was packed with a lot of story. An entire background was given for a society that contains supernatural beings (witches, werewolves, and vampires) as well as lowly humans. Included with the background for the story, a short tale was included. While I think that the background information was well done, I’m not sure that the characters were as well developed. The story happened very fast and I was unclear why chances were taken. Some of it seemed very convenient to the story. The idea of sacrifices was clearly disliked by many characters in the story but it seems that it has gone on for quite a few years. Such ingrained tradition doesn’t get challenged on a whim. There just wasn’t enough story invested to make any kind of changes. Clearly, I am implying that there is a challenge to the idea but I won’t say any more about it.
Personally, the book was too graphic with too many uses of the F word but if those things don’t bother you, then you may like this book. Will all said, I give this novella a 2 out of 5.

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