The Butterfly Crest – A Book Review

The Butterfly Crest (The Protogenoi Series Book 1)
by Eva Vanrell
Butterfly Crest


Between the shadows of the human world, a war as old as time is being fought. Ageless pantheons scheme to obtain or keep control, provoked by the weight of human belief which has altered the realm of the divine.

An ancient prophecy speaks of a human woman who will alter the course of this divine war, a descendant of a Great House mired in misfortune and blood, whose history was shaped by the cruelty of the gods.

On a day as unremarkable as any other, Elena Vicens, a young woman living a seemingly ordinary life, receives a letter about a deposit box belonging to her mother, nineteen years after her mother’s death. When this letter sends her on a journey halfway across the world from New Orleans to Japan, Elena unknowingly comes into possession of a cursed inheritance. She is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends, where the intangible and the strange are the fabric of everyday life, and deathless gods vie for victory at any cost.

As allies converge to help Elena fulfill the prophecy, one of whom is struggling with his own inheritance, Elena must choose for herself the measure of her own destiny.


‘The Butterfly Crest (The Protogenoi Series Book 1)’ by Eva Vanrell is a lovely, well-written fantasy novel. The author, Eva Vanrell takes the reader on a thrilling, sometimes harrowing adventure. Elena first learns of a family secret, that leads to much more than she could have ever imagined.

All of the characters in ‘The Butterfly Crest’ are strong. Eva Vanrell writes strong descriptives that enchants the reader and pulls them right along to the heart of the story. The tale takes the reader along to not only different continents, but to different realms and worlds, including the afterlife.

The author knows her mythology well, and applies it, artfully, in her fantasy novel.

Personally, I loved ‘The Butterfly Crest’. I felt along with Elena the tedium of her job, the excitement of returning to her birth country, the total craziness that she could not comprehend when she was thrown together with some gods that wanted to kill her and some gods that wanted to save her. There was never a dull moment in this book for me. I cried, I laughed, and I bit my nails.

I recommend this book for all fantasy and mythology lovers. It is a great read.

I received a PDF copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

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