Book Review #116: The Butterfly Crest

Author: Eva Vanrell

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Language: English

Series, if any: The Protogenoi, Book 1

Publisher: The Ojime Group

Date of publication: 10 May 2016

No. Of pages: 418


Between Probability, Possibility and Inevitably, if you were destined to die,how would you choose to live? On a day as unremarkable as any other, Elena Vicens, a young woman living a seemingly ordinary life except for disturbing dreams, receives a letter remarking upon an inheritance from her mother, 19 years after her mither’s death. And, unknowingly a journey halfway across the world, Elena’s life changes.


The book has an other-worldly pace that matches the genre perfectly. Other than providing a crash course in Japanese culture and language, the plot is flexible and imaginative which does make it an interesting and entertaining read. The characters are bold and strong and built against a background of a detailed and beautiful setting that lives upto all expectations. While the story may have started slow, the build-up was almost anticlimactic and will definitely dissuade you from putting the book down. The language and narrative style is soft and poetic and synchronises with the main plot, the setting as well as the characters. The anticlimactic ending is definitely keeping me hooked to the continuation of this series.

Though I understand the symbolism behind the title, I fail to see it reflected in the cover image. And, that would be the only bone of contention I have against this book.

My opinion: I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to the future instalments.

My rating: 4 out of 5


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