Review: Runes of Truth by G. Bailey

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Thief. Runaway. Assassin. What happens when your rumoured name destroys your life? When the very runes engraved on your skin since birth, are a death sentence? 

Evie doesn’t remember a life before she was on the streets, a life before thieving to live and killing to stay alive.
When a royal family she didn’t know anything about go missing, Evie finds herself thrown into the royal court of the protectors, and they demand her help.
Help in exchange for a chance at freedom and the name that’s haunted her, forgotten. A name she can’t even read, a name she doesn’t understand.
But when three Royal protectors are tasked with helping her, her demon ex who is literally from hell, stalking her…will Evie ever be free?

I wanted to like this novel. It had potential. Unfortunately, there were certain things that annoyed me enough to ruin the novel overall.

Recently, I have been seriously into reverse harem romance. Good ones seem difficult to find, however. Runes of Truth seemed to have promise but was riddled with problems.

Evie is a strong female lead, though at times she acts immature for her age. The writing overall felt directed at a younger audience than it should. There was little if any world development, which is a shame considering the author could have done so much with it. The fantasy part was the best part of the novel, but, while the reader gets a glimpse of things here and there, there is little explanation about the magic and races. Maybe that is why the reader is so confused at the end when the author brings about a certain aspect, leaving the reader scratching their heads. It wasn’t skilled writing that keeps the twist from being revealed. Just the opposite in fact.

I was also put off by Evie’s bad blood against Azi. I am always floored when I read romance/erotica where the female falls in love with a demon and then becomes upset when said love interest acts like a demon. Evie thinks Azi betrayed her, but her reasoning is so ignorant and just bad that I laughed out loud at it. It’s like when someone falls for a grim reaper and then becomes upset and takes it out on said reaper when someone close to them dies. It’s so nonsensical that it infuriates me. What did you expect them to do? Change their entire way of life just because you’re in a sexual relationship?

I was pretty much done with the novel as a whole when Evie starts making out with one of her male escorts as soon as she gets him alone. Well, that’s all good and well, but they are literally in hell where everything is trying to kill them. I don’t know about you, but when I am actively being hunted, I don’t really care about getting my rocks off. And then here comes Azi acting all jealous and possessive. I could excuse that a bit since demons don’t typically like their stuff being touched. But he went all alpha male, yelling the typical “she is mine” bs when he hasn’t contacted her for half a year.

I feel like the review turned into one big rant, which wasn’t my intention at all. When I initially started the story, I was exciting, soaking up each and every word. But the writing, lack of explanation for anything, and scenarios listed above ruined the entire series for me.

 

❧ Arec

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