Light is a British vampire, who has been captured by the ruthless Blood Club, an underground society who deal in vampires, training and selling them as slaves for the rich. Defanged and ‘trained’ into a life of subservience to his new ‘owner’ Grayse, Light feels a long way from the rebel he once was. From the start though, he realises that Grayse, whose father owns the Blood Club, is not like her family her at all. An attraction grows, family bonds are tested, and as Light writes his diary to Grayse, detailing the horrendous abuse he has suffered, the two of them devise a daring plot of rescue and revenge. A shocking and at times uncomfortable read, this dark book leads us deeper into the world of vampires and their enemies, and sets the story up for book three.
The Enemy Within has everything you’d expect in a YA fiction novel. The central mystery is engaging, the main cast members are endearing and have some funny dialogue, and the main character Max deals with his isolation in a very relatable way. The book is also very tightly written. Every line of dialogue and plot set piece serves a purpose with not an ounce of fluff. All the elements of the book fit well together as well, leaving the reader with a short, but overall very solid read.
For fans of historical fiction, specifically that based on the ancient Egypt civilization, and readers who like stories based on an untold figure in history, this book may just find you delightfully surprised.
The best writing comes from experience, and experience requires us to make mistakes. Learn from them. Instead of looking for the answers from someone else, dive in and find them on your own. Don’t follow others blindly, hoping to find the easy way, because there isn’t one. Sure, lots of people out there say they have the answers, but they have THEIR answers. A lot of them are full of shit too, so there’s that.