I received this free book in exchange for an honest review There were some new ideas and concepts here which is always welcome in the paranormal fantasy genre which has a tendency to rehash the same rather than use imagination. I love the idea of the Goddess and her children creating the races which were then cursed . I particularly liked all the references to the UK way of life. I found the book original enough to purchase the next book in the series - Nexus. BUT. Nexus was not as good and repetitive in the storyline.
So Irina finds a set of Tarot cards and starts seeing visions that lead her to move to Victoria, Vancouver Island. A strange man befriends her, and despite appearing homeless and destitute finds her a job and manages to pay for her accommodation and food. So begins her job with a strange organization of people with abilities beyond the norm. There is suspense – who or what is stalking and hurting her? And why? What does it want? Her vision search for Ilya, the founder of the organisation’s son, doesn’t go well. The organization begins to feel ever more sinister and less of a refuge for people with ‘variations’. So it begins and begins well, but, and this is a big but. For me the story stalled around 70% of the way through and started repeating itself. There are enough captures and escapes for the sinister organization begin to feel really incompetent and not something to concern yourself wit – you can always escape. I got bored. I gave up. Thus 2.5 stars. I received this free book in exchange for an honest review
At first I found the books rather slow going and traditional in the story-line, but the first book picked up sharply when the Brothers arrived and tried to burn Stella, but Etoile nipped in and saved her. Stella was a weirdo around whom strange accidents happened. A lonely child who was orphaned at an early age and who had never made friends. Due to a lack of money she had not been able to afford any training or further education and thus had left school early to enter minimum paid, low skilled, temporary clerical work. She never settled at any job and thus never really progressed. Her rescue by Etoile opened her life up to a new world of supernatural beings living alongside ordinary humans. To her surprise she found that there were werewolves, witches, shape-shifters, vampires and demons, all living in the ‘normal’ world, holding down ordinary jobs, owning houses, and apparently no different from anyone else unless you knew. Magic thus entered Stella’s world, and Books 2-5 detail her love affairs; her heartbreak; her development of her powers; the deadly political and power games that were played out amongst these supernatural beings; and the story of her family and what really happened to them. Book 5 leaves you with a horrific cliff-hanger, so be prepared to purchase Book 6 AS SOON AS IT IS PUBLISHED. As the storyline developed and became more complex, with many players and plots, I became increasingly interested in finding out what happens. It is clear that the author’s story-telling skills have developed as she write the series, as each book is better than the last.