In this fantasy novel 3 main forms of humanoids inhabit a world that has been constructed by genetic manipulation. Not medieval thankfully – more like late 18th century customs and scientific knowledge.
But there is a secret 4th type of humanoid – humans with abilities that are more than the norm – the Graced.
The graced are trying to keep themselves secret – because it profits them to do so. But the colours of their eyes are different from the ‘normal ’humans and an observant vampire notices and wonders why and what is different about these humans. Unfortunately, he then decides to experiment on those humans with coloured eyes – those that are not the normal brown – and so the story begins.
This is a very different and in many ways a more empathetic look at vampires and werewolves. We learn that vampires can learn emotional responses, that human females can be kick-ass City Guards, and that little girls can be very good at concealing truths.
A nice writing style and promising fantasy writer publishing her first book. It feels more accomplished than first novels often are and I suspect that a good series will follow.