Family Heir: A Bigfoot Novel
Sara M. Drake
Published: 30th May, 2014
Kelley longed for a normal life – to go to college, to have normal friends, and to work a nice desk job. When an unknown predator starts a killing spree, she finds herself drug back into a world that includes vampires, werewolves, and her ex-husband. Kelley agrees to lead the small team to find the murderer – which consists of one uncommunicative ex-hubbie and an inexperienced federal agent. Only shots in the night prove that Kelley has become a target and her training as a Hunter does nothing to prepare her for being hunted.
What I liked: I love the concept of this novel. Not just the storyline, but the concept behind it. Werewolves and vampires just branches on the hominid tree? They’re peaceful and aren’t out to kill anyone and they have an iffy stance with the humans? Yes please. The Families mentioned in the book that serve as a sort of intermediary between the humans and the other hominids, and we learn a little about the other hominids and their cultures and way of life in the story, which is really interesting as we get a glimpse of how the hominids are treated even outside of the US because of one of the characters. I found that it was really easy for me to settle in with the different characters and I liked Troy, despite how confusing he can be at times he’s a really interesting character. I also liked Domel, a character we meet later in the book. He’s a really interesting character who I enjoyed having in the story!
What I didn’t like: I felt that this book worked better in third person POV, and wish the entire book had been that way instead of having it in first person POV for just Kelley. The third person POV was much more exciting and engaging, I found it much more comfortable to read like that than in the first person POV. Also, some of Kelley’s inner dialogue threw me off. It would have been better if the novel had also been called just Family Heir as it would have left the mystery of who the unknown predator doing the killing was.
Overall Review: Family Heir is a wonderfully new kind of novel in the sense of its concepts and execution. With solid worldbuilding that answered the main questions that I had, and characters who had interesting stories to tell, this book was an amazing debut novel for the author to pen! While it does lack in some places, the book as a whole stands very well and I’m excited to see if there will be one to follow this!
Recommend?: Yes! This sort of urban fantasy book has new qualities to its story that I haven’t read before and I can’t wait to have the chance to read it again.
My Rating: 4.3/5
Cover: 4.6Idea: 4.7
About the author
Sara developed her book addiction as a young child. Her concerned parents attempted an intervention and cut off her supply. These desperate times called for desperate measures forcing her to write her own stories. Since a human being cannot live on books alone, she has worked as a stage hand, care giver, active duty Air Force, college instructor, mental health counselor, and civil servant on the theory that more pay equals more books. Outside of that, she spends time developing a reputation as a crazy cat lady and irritating introvert.
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Review by Iris