Review of Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner

Jack of Thorns (Inheritance, #1)Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*A free copy of this book was given to me by the author, in exchange for an honest review.*

Laurence is a wreck. A heroine addict living day to day, getting by in life stoned most of the time, relying on his charms, his good looks and willingness to sleep with anything that moves. He has psychic powers, but no control over them or his life in general.

Quentin / Banbury is a wreck too. Another addict, an alcoholic. Quentin flees his past and future quite literally by moving to a new location every few weeks. Quentin has psychic powers too, but are quite unaware of his own abilities. Everything about him is repressed, including this.

I liked both main characters a great deal, even if Banbury was a walking cliche of British peerage from a century ago and so far removed from everyday life, that it was a tad unbelievable. But his repressed demeanor was a nice contrast to Laurence, who was essentially a Satyr in modern day US, consumed pleasures.

The two collide, past meeting future, repression meeting open sensuality and they are great together. The character growth is mainly on Laurence’s side of the fence, but Quentin does grow, even if it is in more subtle ways.

Our story begins with Laurence overdosing on heroine and having a slew of visions about the future. Most of – though not all – we see to fruition during the cause of the book. This was an interesting idea, as we, the reader actually knew what would come to pass, before it happened, although we had no idea how it would happen.

This is the first book of a series, and that is quite clear. It is not quite a cliffhanger ending, but so many questions are left unanswered. I will be picking up book 2, when it is released, as I am curious to see what will happen next.

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