Review: Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz

Posted April 23, 2014 by Sophia

Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz

Daughters of Lilith #1
Jennifer Quintenz
Publication: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Secret Tree Press

Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu – and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

Updated copy provided by author for review

Dear World History teacher, you have apparently failed to mention about… MESOPOTAMIAN mythology last year. Although I suppose there’s no blame on you since that’s the myth teacher’s job and what does mythology have to do with how the world advances? *raises eyebrows*

Anyhoo, Thrall. The story follows Braedyn Murphy, who’s world apparently begins to flip upside down close to her sixteenth birthday. She finds out she’s not exactly what she thinks she is and a group of demon hunters called the Guard are counting on her to stop a war from happening on the Winter Solstice.

Like any book usually, Thrall has clichés. Perfect jocks (ew), hot boy next door (thank gods his name isn’t Daemon), clique of Barbies who pick on “odd” peeps. Heh. Maybe I shouldn’t actually called them “perfect jocks” since if there’s a Barbie, there’s gotta be a Ken, so allow me to rephrase that sentence and say, clique of Barbies and Kens who pick on “odd” peeps.

But Thrall has its own unique elements as well, one of which I – and the synopsis – has already mentioned: the story is based on Mesopotamian mythology. Thrall most specifically focuses on demonic creatures called Lilitu, who are similar to Succubi and Incubi. In fact, even the main character is a Lilitu, and we don’t often hear from the demonic side of things. It’s usually all angelic, and by no means am I saying the main character is evil.

Speaking of angelic and demonic peeps, where there are angels and demons, there’s obviously one thing to be added to the equation, right??? I’m talking about this particular dude:

Not WHO he is, because he’s the annoyingly humorous Jace Wayland who is apparently Will Herondale’s twin of some sorts, but WHAT he is.

The Nephilim. Half-human, half-angel. Marks aren’t exactly necessary to complete the picture. They just need to hunt demons. Yes, there are demon hunters in here, and I only dragged in TMI and TID because of just because, which actually doesn’t make sense if you ask me.

I actually dragged in TMI and TID because while there are demon hunters in Thrall, they’re thankfully not called Nephilim, and they’re not half-human half-angel. They’re completely human if I recall correctly, and they’re simply called the Guard. As in, guard guard.

That’s actually more simple than Nephilim, and involves less of the red squeegees (squeegees are more fun to say than squiggle, since that reminds me of a worm and worms are disgusting), who apparently disapprove and think it should be “Philippine”. In what way does a group of islands have anything to do with demon hunting?

4.5 Owls

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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