Fantasy Book Review: The Originals: The Rise

The Originals: The Rise by Julie Plec

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

The Originals is not only a fantastic spinoff of a popular series, but with such exceptional characters and writing that it surpassed the Vampire Diaries, in my opinion. I was very excited to learn that these novels were releasing, giving a glimpse back to the first time the Mikaelson’s arrived in New Orleans.

Klaus is as complex as ever, falling hard and fast for Vivianne, a half witch/half werewolf. Poor Rebekah falls for the captain she’s supposed to be manipulating. The Mikaelson’s romances always seem doomed from the start. Fans of the show will devour this fast-paced exciting story. As the show, this first original (no pun intended) novel is full of romance, mystery, suspense, and heart-wrenching drama. The next in the series can’t come soon enough. These immortal, Originals are a favorite of mine. And I just can’t get enough of them.

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