Review: The Cathedral of Cliffdale by Melissa Delport

Synopsis:

Beyond the limits of mankind’s understanding there exists a City, created as a sanctuary for the survivors of a brutal and bloody war.

Within the city of Summerfeld the last mythical creatures live out their days in peace, fiercely protected by twelve immortals: brave defenders known as the Guardians.

A Guardian is dead. For the first time in one thousand years, no replacement has come forward. Following the murder of her twin sister, Quinn Harden abandons the Guardianship in order to take care of her sister’s children in the modern realm of man. Shortly after their second birthday, the children are taken, against her will, in an attempt by the Guardians to bring her back into the fold.

Quinn will stop at nothing to find her niece and nephew, but as she is drawn deeper into the world of Summerfeld, she finds herself torn between her loyalty to her family and the wards she has sworn to protect.

As their enemies close in the Guardians must unite or Summerfeld will fall.

 

Rating: 7/10

Opinion of the book:

One of the biggest challenges of the fantasy genre is being able to build a world that is both believable and rich, and Melissa Delport does that excellently from Summerhall to Cliffdale, I could almost feel the chill in the atmosphere, or imagined the setting encloses of all the mythical creatures. Delport completely achieved the transportation of the readers’ minds to a different realm.

Another thing I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was that the story was told from multiple sources, it centers around a centuries long war between the vampires and fae but even though the protagonist was on the side of the fae we got to see the story from the perspective of the vampires too, and the gypsies who fall in the middle and other characters making the story that much more endowed and richer. It was like a 360 look at this one point in the story’s timeline.

The storyline of Quinn and Drake completely enthralled me and I found myself hooked and eager for them to interact more. Perhaps it’s the chemistry or my unhealthy obsession with forbidden love, but I was rooting for them every step of the way even though they fought on opposite sides. I loved their unlikely friendship.

A strong female character is always enough to get me interested in a book, regardless of the genre, and Delport delivered with Quinn. She is multi-faceted, interesting, tough, vulnerable and most of all, she feels real. She is the driving force in this novel and what kept me interested all the way through.

One problem I did have with the book however is that I found that Delport introduced too many mythical creatures too soon – I felt like I was barely learning about vampires when the gypsies were introduced then the werewolves, then the faes, then the unicorns etc. I was constantly confused over which character was who and what species each one was. I think this might have been easier to understand if so many mythical creatures were not introduced in the first book and they were staggered throughout the series.

Would I recommend this:

Yes, Quinn and Drake will suck you in, you will cheer for Quinn, and the world itself is a place you have to experience for yourself.

 

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Journalist, Reader, Dreamer, Fangirl, Defender of the Weak (and that's just my formal titles). I hope to one day take over the world or marry Tom Hiddleston.

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