4 supernatural stars!
Ingrid Seymour’s ‘The Morphid Chronicles’ falls somewhere between ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and ‘Harry Potter.’ She has skillfully created a whole new species that co-exist with humans. Morphids are supernatural beings hidden amongst humans on Earth. Their population has always been small, and for generations, a Regent has overseen Morphids, in order to protect their secrets and ensure their existence.
All Morphids were predetermined, by Fate, into their caste. Some are Companions, who have a soul-mate, an Integral, with whom they bond, marry, and have children. Other Morphids are born into being Sorcerers, Seekers, Warriors, Caretakers, etc. Fate is the guiding force that determines a Morphid’s role in life, and once they ‘morph’ into that role around 16 years of age, their mind and body is never the same.
With ‘Keeper,’ Seymour gives us something to think about; free will vs predetermination. Morphids rely heavily on their inner instinct; a caste-determined instinct. At times it seems there is a secondary voice in their minds, insisting that something is right or wrong. As a Keeper, Greg feels a connection to his charge, Samantha, but he is not her Integral. Instead, another young man by the name of Ashby, is Sam’s Integral. Despite his Keeper status, Greg retains more of his own mind than most Morphids, and retains his own feelings towards her.
‘Keeper’ is also a nice coming-of-age story revolving around the three teenagers. We see Greg, Samantha (Sam), and Ashby with their parents, in three very different home situations. We see the teens interact with their friends, and go through a tiny bit of normal high school drama.
‘Keeper’ is a clever and well-written YA fantasy. Highly recommended for fans of YA, coming of age, and fantasy books.
Thanks to author Ingrid Seymour for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.