Monday, July 4

Review: Copula Chronicles by Venessa Kimball

Title: Origin, Descend, Ascend, and Legacy
By: Venessa Kimball
Series: Copula Chronicles
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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Jesca’s life is full of averages; average childhood, average family, average part-time job with her best friend while she attends college close to home. Life is predictable, controlled, consistent, just the way she likes it, until the odds of averages turns against her and the oddity that has remained dormant within her can no longer be contained.
Under the surface, Jesca’s strong-hold with reality is slowly slipping away. The seemingly harmless nightmares of her youth have turned sinister with ill intention and a realness meant to provoke true terror. The minor trick of the eye revealing a shadow or glimmer of light becomes vivid hallucinations intent on terrorizing her. Her fear reaches extremes when her professor’s presence coincides with her losing touch with reality, leaving Jesca questioning his stalking motives or influence on her shifting sanity. Confronting him is the only answer, and when she does, she is faced with an inconceivable explanation as to why her life is turning upside down; her role as a keeper of our world to save humanity from a potentially unstoppably apocalyptic catastrophe. Upon learning her purpose, Jesca is thrust into a new world of guardianship where training to use her new found abilities is the life-blood of survival for her and the tribe of guardians.


The uncovered corruption and conspiracy upon our world paired with the impending catastrophic event honed in on our galaxy threatening invasion and evolution of our world lies in the hands of Jesca and the other guardians that have inherited the earth. The corruption of our world is spreading like wildfire, the between allies and enemies are being blurred, and Jesca’s growing attraction to the two men fighting for her heart could leave her vulnerable. Jesca and her fellow guardians’ fortitude is further pressed when their battle for earth takes them to the far reaches of Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, where the mysticism it covets brings weighted supernatural challenges they could never have anticipated. The predestined links she and the guardians share will either keep them safe or send them into a tailspin of sacrifices that may leave one if not all of them threatened.


With the guardians attempt to stop the global invasion and apocalyptic evolution of the earth, two of the men in Jesca’s life have made the ultimate sacrifice in a daring attempt to save her from near death and keep the veil, a celestial barrier meant to separate our universe from all others, from remaining open. The fate of Ezra and Nate is dismal unless Jesca, Xander, and the other guardians can find a way to get them back, while destroying the evil that has seeped into our world, and sealing the ethereal veil between our universe and the evil that lie beyond it. As Jesca ascends beyond the veil, malignant illusions meant to turn allies against one another are at every turn in this parallel universe. One truth among the illusions is bestowed to Jesca; the celestial inheritance from her ancestors along with the prophecies of what is to come of the guardians and earth.


With Jesca’s return from beyond the veil with Xander, Nate, and Ezra, they are ushered into our evolved world having advanced years since their departure.
The earth’s remaining populous that survived the galactic intersection, the following climatic shifts, and the rigorous genetic manipulation has been stunted by the very beings Jesca and the others encountered beyond the veil. Humankind is being invaded, occupied, and destroyed under their invisible reign. The beings intent? To possess our world and stop Jesca and the other guardians from fulfilling the legacy that could save us all. We are left to hit the ground running upon their return as Jesca brings home new found knowledge of her ancient bloodline and the supernal legacy that has linked her family, the guardians, and the two men she has been torn between throughout her journey. With only Jesca’s visions of what this ancient legacy holds for them, the guardians are depending on the divining glimpses of her ancestry to put them on the path leading to salvation.
The question is, will the stakes be too high and the risk to great for Jesca and the guardians to fulfill their destiny?

I read this entire series in one week so all four of the book’s events have merged together and have made one fantastic series that I have lived in for that short amount of time.  While I will say that the first book was somewhat hard for me to get through, half way through I was hooked.  The first half is setting up the characters and it is slightly confusing because you as the reader do not know why all of this is happening and neither does the characters.  Both readers and characters are left scratching their heads as to why all of these events are taking place.  Why is Jesca having these dreams? Why is she hearing all these voices when no one is around?  Who keeps following her? However, the second half takes a turn and more information is revealed and then the action starts.

While Origin sets up the story and training for our beloved characters, the rest of the three books unveil young love, a prophecy, and a cataclysmic event that had me zipping through the pages.  Venessa truly knows how to dream up and write about new worlds, dangerous creatures, evil villains, and guardians of our world. 

I found that the Copula Chronicles are the kind of books that take you for ride but also once you finish it, makes you think about the future. I found myself pondering about the power we have as humans to explore our galaxy and beyond and, if we ever harness that ability to travel beyond, what right do we have to do so and will it be for good or evil? 

Each book wrapped me up more and more into the fight for good and mankind.  Every character held a little piece of my heart for their strength and bravery to save the world and the sacrifices that were made.  And I would have to say that the ending was exactly how it should have ended, with great sorrow but also happiness and joy. 


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