Published by Secret Garden Productions on June 30th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.
Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?
When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.
Reviewed by Joanne
*I recieved an E-ARC in exchange for review*
The Revelation series by Randi Cooley Wilson is one of my favourite paranormal series, so when she announced there was to be a spin off series I was excited that the St Michael clan would feature in more books.
Vernal is the first book in the Royal Protector Academy series, and will tell the story of Serena and Tristan. Their parents will be familiar to readers of the Revelation series, Serena is the daughter of Abby and Callan St Michael, and also the niece of Asher, who is head of the London Clan, and King of the Gargoyle race. As the only offspring in the St Michael clan, this also means she is the heir to the throne, and will one day be Queen.
Tristan is the son of Gage Gallagher, a Gargoyle and family friend of the St Michael’s. Although Serena is aware of Gage, she doesn’t know that Tristan is his son, so when they meet for the first time at the Academy, she is unaware of their connection.
The Royal Protector Academy was set up by Asher and Eve to train the next generation of Gargoyles to fight in the war between Heaven and Hell. Serena is intrigued when Tristan arrives at the school as a new instructor, and is puzzled by how much she is drawn to him. His presence has a great effect on her, and she can sense he is also affected by her. Whilst she isn’t afraid to make the first move, Tristan is more reserved, knowing the reasons he has been brought to the school and the responsibility he has to his family as well as Serena’s.
There is a lot going on in this book – new characters are introduced, secrets are uncovered, whilst others are still to be revealed. I loved the cameo appearances of my favourite Gargoyles, especially Asher, and I loved seeing Callan in protective father mode. I found it hard to warm to Serena at first. She came across as immature and struck me as someone who’s very much used to having her own way. I felt for Tristan, he really was torn in two, fighting his feelings and struggling to put duty before his heart. As the book came to an end, I realised that Tristan and Serena are more alike than I initially thought. They both have the weight of their families expectations on their shoulders, and I look forward to the next instalments to see how they work through it.