Thursday, January 5, 2012

Devin O'Branagan's Glory - A review

Seventeen-year-old Glory Templeton's blood holds the cure for a deadly pandemic-plague and she embarks on a quest to save humanity. When evil forces conspire to stop her, three supernatural beings are assigned to be her guardians. Forbidden love, ancient secret societies, mysterious astronomical monuments, witches, angels, vampires, and demons all contribute to the high adventure that tests the character of this remarkable young woman.

The legend of Glory begins!

Glory - Devin O'Branagan

It’s been a long time since I’ve read YA fiction. Why? Well, mostly because I never really read much YA fiction. I jumped into the big-girl stuff from a pretty young age. Fortunately, you’re never too old to read a good book, because once again the mind of Devin O’Branagan has given me something to delight in.

There’s a lot of love about Glory – both the character and the novel. You’d think that being young adult fantasy, it would lack some of the depth and darkness that her novels Threshold and Witch hunt delved into - but you would be mistaken. It’s just a bit more subtle. Good vs. evil; hope or hate for humanity; whether a dog can really save the human race – it’s all there.

The characters in Glory are fun, that’s what kept bringing me back to it whenever life forced me to put it down. Each man, woman, anthropomorphically flexible being, and canine have his or her own species-specific dilemmas, their own complete stories going on as an undercurrent to the main narrative, and I wanted to know more about all of them.

Another perk is that, in a day where “Team Vampire vs. Team Werewolf” stories abound, O’Branagan takes an…angelic twist that I find refreshing and charming. This is one battle in which I wouldn’t be able to choose a side.

I have to say that my favourite characters appeared right at the end, the lovely Goth Girls: Jinx, Jade, Jasmine, and Jezebel. These ladies kick all kinds of ass and I want to be their friend. Please?

Fine, well even if I’m not given that opportunity, then I can at least look forward to their return in the sequel to Glory – which is currently being on worked by Ms O’Branagan (permission to hop up and down with excitement)?

For all official Glory info, including character bios and a novel trailer, click here!


  1. I'm pleased you enjoyed my novel! I'm hoping to release the sequel to GLORY, titled PRETTY SACRIFICES, in 2012. Teaser: The Goth Girls all girl gang of vampires will appear as a gang of women outlaws (with special talents) in the Old West. Stay tuned...

  2. Oh really looking forward to Pretty Sacrifices! :)