the_holders_dominion_genese_davis_finalcoverart_webReviewed by Krystal Larson

Kaylie has had a difficult life. Her father died when she was still young and her family slowly fell apart. To escape the memories, she went away to college. One day, her friend, Elliot, shows up at random. He is upset and looking almost insane about something called “morphis.” Kaylie feels as if she has to help him; she ends up slipping into Elliot’s strange world of Edannair and begins having very unusual adventures. Edannair exists exclusively online, or at least it’s supposed to. A strange player who calls himself “the Holder” convinces his followers to engage in dramatic and dangerous offline dares. Kaylie wants to try to beat the system and this evil-doer, but can she win and pull her family back together?

The Holder’s Dominion had two interesting plot lines.  The focus varied between Kaylie’s estranged family and the odd world of Edannair and the Holder. This flip-flop was done in such a way that the reader will not have a hard time understanding the plot. Even though it seems like the two plot lines are too far apart from each other to fit together, the author somehow ties everything up evenly to make it work.

For the most part, the plots were fast-paced and packed with interesting and nail-biting events. The characters were developed evenly. The reader will find it easy to like Kaylie and enjoy reading about her. For a girl with a sad past, she was remarkably strong-willed and smart. She was always willing to help a friend and seemed to truly love her family, even though it was fragmented. The author included memories from Kaylie’s’ childhood and youth to help the reader connect to her even further.

The other characters were equally interesting. The Holder was made out to be a “true villain” and one the reader will probably feel no pity for. The Holder is the epitome of “online non-etiquette.” It seems to be a phenomenon that people are willing to go further and say things online that they would never do or say in every day life. The author had an interesting take on this phenomenon, illustrating it very well. It also helped that the author is an avid video-gamer and her hobby added a certain realism to the book. Overall, this book would be a fun read for teens/young adults.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelley and Hall Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.