Review: The Brede Chronicles (The Brede Chronicles #1) by P.I. Barrington

The Brede Chronicles (The Brede Chronicles #1) by P.I.Barrington
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book Summary: 

Half-human Alekzander Brede is a law unto himself…or so he thinks. Elektra Tate, the street orphan who loves him has other ideas. When she betrays him for no apparent reason, he vows to punish her one way or another.

Taking the one thing she treasures most—their son—begins a cat and mouse relationship spanning two planets and costing possibly his life. Elektra will stop at nothing to save her son but can she overcome Brede’s twisted idea of vengeance?

Book Review:

This book was a futuristic fantasy with an amazingly detailed universe that took my breath away. P I Barrington has written this book beautifully and it is refreshing to see that she did not go with the cliché story arc of bad boy meets the girl and then suddenly everyone falls into a bed of roses. The story has really strong characters with complex characters and deep motivations that played a role into their actions. This contributed to a rich and intricate plot. The central characters are Brede, a harsh and dangerous hit man and Elektra, a resourceful and too-stubborn-to-give-up orphan girl.

Brede is almost an anti-hero. He is cold, calculating and vengeful. I’m glad that he did not turn into one of those characters who turned into mush as soon as he realized he had feelings for a girl. To the contrary, he became even more complex. To me, Brede seemed like a hard man to understand but I always believed that books are the mediums that you can use to live a hundred lives; they let you feel what you may never get a chance to feel in your real life. They let you expand your emotional spectrum, that is, if you are a deep reader who tries to resonate with the characters that you read about, if you emotionally invest yourself in the words on the pages. That being said, Brede was an interesting character to read about.

Elektra, on the other hand was the opposite of Brede in many ways. She is a stray orphan girl who survived in extreme conditions. Her character development has been amazing from the sweet and shy girl who was crushing on the emotionally unavailable, tough guy to a very determined and motivated woman driven by revenge. I felt sad for her, cheered for her and felt proud of her during her journey in this book.

The other characters in the book, even the ones that seemed like they were essential to the plot, were just that - essential to the plot. And the plot was this twisted love story between Brede and Elektra. Everybody else in this book helped intensify the drama around these two characters. Compared to them, everyone else faded into the background for me.

However, I wish there were more moments of happiness in this book. Not that I'm a sucker for happy endings but making the reader smile once or twice would've been nice. Also, the story was being told from the perspective of too many people and sometimes it was difficult to differentiate between certain characters, because honestly speaking, everybody wanted to kill someone throughout the book. But this might have been because I read the story on a soft copy, so I won't hold it against the book much.

A few words of warning though. This book is not for the soft hearted or squeamish. There is violence, a few graphic scenes and healthy amount of misery from various characters. So be warned!

*A review copy was provided to Oh Just Books by the author in exchange for an honest review* 
This review written by - Ashwati 

A person who loves to not just read books, but bring forth the characters to life inside her head; then she loves them, hates them, studies them like specimens, and analyses their redeeming qualities and flaws, all the while wishing she were a part of the story and its universe.
PS: she also loves long sentences.

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