"Chrysalis - The Awakening" by M.L. Lacy is one of the best novels I have read in quite a while. In this Book 1 version of "Chrysalis -The Awakening," Lacy brings to life the coming together of Magicals, Vampires and even a few Werewolves. The Magicals are a lovely, enchanting mixture of sorceresses and humans. There are Traditional Vampires, who are your blood sucking, human killing Vampires. Then there is what I would call the good Vampires. These Vampires are the protectors of the Chosen One and have been in all of Bree Campbell's mortal life. They crave blood just as the Traditionals, however, they choose not to kill humans to get what they desire, and have ways of getting blood from a different source. They drink their blood in glasses just as humans would drink water. I was delighted to meet all sides of the characters in this story.
Aubrey Marie - Bree - The Chosen One. Bree is the last, and the greatest, in a long line of Chosen Ones. She was chosen before her birth to become leader of this world. Bree was to transform from human to full Magical, Sorceress, and Leader, at an earlier time. But because of one evil person, Esmeralda, a powerful Sorceress who wants to rid the world of humans, threatens Bree’s family with terrible things if they don’t keep her lover, Steven, who is a clan member and Bree’s long lost love, away from her. Unknown to Bree, she has always been protected by her clan. But Bree takes a different path, marries an evil man, and begins a horrible life of beatings and mental abuse. Bree’s memory of her clan, her lover, and everything she is supposed to become is taken from her so that she doesn’t remember until the time is right. After Bree finally rids herself of this brutal man, her husband, she finds her way back to where she belongs. Bree’s newly acquired family is counting on her to save the world, but is she strong enough, wise enough, and clever enough, to rid the world of evil, or will Esmeralda bring her down and rid the world of all humans?
Lacy did a terrific job with "Chrysalis - The Awakening." She has chosen her characters well, and brought them all to life for us in this novel. Once I started reading, I just could not put the book down! I am so looking forward to Book Two if she so chooses to write it. I hope I am one of the first to get it and read about the continuing story of Bree, her clan and their Magical World. I recommend this novel to adults and young adults of all genders. The story is just magnificent. I may even read it all over again! Thank you for writing this novel for the readers who will really enjoy the story. I am looking forward to more of your writings!
Chrysalis - The Awakening, Book 1
M. L. Lacy
Reviewed by Gina Holland for RebeccasReads (6/09)