Novels with multiple POVs can truly add to the reading experience: you get more than one view of events, a different kind of tension, and more personalities you can love or love to hate. So read on for my five picks of Indie books that feature multiple POV characters.
Also, if you’re confused and don’t know what this challenge I’m talking about is, check it out here. It’s a relaxed challenge, so read as many or as little as you feel like.
How to participate
The standard part of this post: some explanation. All you have to do is check out the page I linked above to find out what all the challenges are and when I’ll be doing them. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, there’ll be a list of suggestions for the challenge of the next month. So, for the challenge of July, I’ll post a blog with a list on the 17th of June.
Exception: the post for the June challenge will be late since I had to catch up on the previous challenge. That post will come next week instead.
And then, when the challenge is finished, you can read my review on the book I chose.
Naturally, it would be even more fun for me if you participated by leaving a comment on this blog post to let me know what book you chose, and what you thought about it, so we can discuss it! But you’re free to participate in any which way you want. So if you’re going to follow along silently, then that’s fine as well. Whatever works for you!
As I said, there’s just something enjoyable of having multiple viewpoints. They can bring more depth to the story, and you get to know more than one character intimately. It’s often used in epic fantasy tales, as it can show you multiple places and give you the satisfaction of seeing how the characters are linked and when they finally meet. You get a lot more information.
Also, Multiple POVs are often used in romance stories. It can be a frustrating experience (in a good way) to watch as both characters seem to really like each other but are certain the other doesn’t feel the same way. Anyone else ever screamed at a book for the characters to just kiss already? Is that just me?
Anyway, that’s enough from me. Here’s the suggestions!
Chaos Surging – Brain Sherlock
This one is my pick for this challenge. It’s 2047, and the world is divided into the people with powers, called the Novi, and humans, who hate the Novi. There are several terrorist attacks happening involving an extreme group of Novi, only fueling the hatred of the humans. Cassey Lawal, otherwise known as ‘the Oracle’, gives everything she can to avoid more attacks to ensure peace. Her best asset is Dylan, who has the power to control water. Cassey wants him to infiltrate in the group responsible for the terrorist attacks and therefore has to get close to Asher Paravis. It’s going well but becomes more and more difficult as they become romantically involved, and Dylan’s affection for the healer grows.
Read my review here.
Soul Bearer – Elexis Bell
Soul bearer is a fantasy romance featuring Aurisye, part human, and part Orc. One day the mark on her arms appears and glows, and there’s no denying that she is the Soul Bearer, destined to kill the dragon that has arisen again. The King and Queen choose Rafnor as her companion, and to teach her to fight in the limited time they have. Aurisye’s walls slowly seem to fall around Rafnor, but can he truly love her, knowing she’s not human?
FYI: She also has other romance novels in different settings that feature two protagonists that you can choose from. For example, you can also pick ‘World for the Broken’, her newest post-apocalyptic novel.
You can read my review of Soul Bearer here
Daughters of Fire & Sea – Holly Karlsson
We follow the story of two twin sisters, Lyric and Runa, who were abandoned by their mother. However, when that aforementioned mother suddenly returns, Lyric and Runa must flee their home as their lives are threatened. They journey deep into the Veil of the Underworld and learn that perhaps there’s a truth to the myths they know. Not just that, they have magic of their own, magic they can use. How will they survive all these sudden revelations as they’re being used in an age-old war? And will their bond survive?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m intrigued!
A Good Demon is Hard to Find – Kate Moseman
Without considering the consequences, Erin places a curse on her cheating ex-husband. What happens next was unexpected. A well-dressed Demon shows up in her kitchen to make good work of the curse. His name is Andromalius, who just loves wickedness and revenge. And when Erin’s ex-husband suddenly announces he’s getting married again already, she doesn’t just need revenge. She needs a date for the wedding.
This book promises to have romance, a curse, a demon, and comedy. Not just that, you get the first part of the story in Erin’s perspective and the second part from Andromalius’ perspective. What can’t be fun about getting inside the mind of a demon?
A Girl from Nowhere – James Maxwell
Taimin is learning to survive in a scorched world. This isn’t easy: he’s disabled and only has his aunt to protect him. But one day, when he comes home only to find his aunt killed and the house ransacked, he only wants one thing: revenge. In his hunt, he comes by a mystic named Selena. She’s in search of the fabled white city and convinces Taimin to go with her. But the road there is paved with danger…
Challenge discussion questions
Have you found an indie book featuring multiple POVs? Let me know in the comments! I would also love to hear what you thought about the book of your choosing.
Here some example questions you could use to share your experience:
What book did you read for this challenge?
How did you choose your book?
What are your thoughts on the book you read?
Did the multiple POVs add to the story?
Were there any POV character(s) you liked more than the others?
Would you recommend the book?
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