Integral (Visceral Book 1)
Author ~ Adam Thielen
Vampires and Mages?!, these are two of my favourite things to read about in speculative fiction, so I was sold on this book the moment I read the description. Having now finished reading Integral, I'm happy to report that I wasn't oversold at all.
The time is 2029 and the world's governments have collapsed, corporations have taken over the management of people, places and things, always with a notation of governing to improve their bottom line. Matthias and Frank, vampires, are two investigators for Noxcorp, the public face of the ancient vampire council. When a human is murdered, and it looks like a vampire did the deed, it's up to Matthias and Frank to find the fiend before the public does. Things turn complicated when the University charged with "protecting" the magical born turns to Noxcorp for their assistance in tracking down one of their escaped mages, Sandra. Quickly Matthias and Frank find themselves caught in the middle of a power grab, and Sandra appears to be at the centre of it all.
Each chapter in Integral (Visceral Book 1) is an "episode", so the whole novel sort of jumps a little bit in it's narration, but it works. I found this futuristic world quite believable, despite the presence of vampires and mages. The idea that corporations will take over, not unrealistic to me at all. I also found the vampires in Integral to be refreshing, I don't want to say anything more why I found them refreshing for fear of spoiling the story (if you really want to know, just send me a message and I'll explain).
I found Integral to be an interesting story, and I loved having vampires and mages mixed together. There is a rather long battle sequence near the end of the book, and while it was actually well written, I personally would have liked it to be a little shorter. The mages are also treated poorly, that whole be afraid of what you don't understand type thing, that I would love to have more background on, their history sort of thing. I can only hope that if Thielen write a sequel, I'll get some more background on the mages.
I received an free ARC of Integral (Visceral Book 1)via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.