From the publisher:
It’s a time of broken nations and unchecked power. The Cataclysm, a merging of two separate earths, one of science and technology and another of magic and mysticism, has lain waste to the world order, broken the laws of physics, and unleashed the wrath and power of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse onto the world.
In a remote section of Northern California, Alaric Winters is torn between his desire to serve a greater purpose by joining the Illutu Order in their fight against the Horseman, and his loyalty to his parents and their military Compound where he serves.
But when his mother is kidnapped, it removes all doubts about his priorities. He will get her back, no matter the cost.
Commanding a small strike team of shapeshifters, Alaric tracks the kidnappers through a wild landscape populated by alien beings out of humanity’s mythology at best, and monsters out of their nightmares at worst. Their journey will take them from the halls of political power, to the seedy underbelly of organized crime, and face to face with the very person who caused the Cataclysm, and broke two worlds for personal gain.
Man, I would have loved this book as a teenager (for context, about 20 years ago… yikes!). Magic, shapeshifters, badass women characters, evil mages, magic in the real world… it has everything I would have loved diving in for when I was a super avid reader. And by super avid reader, I mean I kept my nose consistently buried in a book as often as possible.
Now as a far too busy working mother of two, it’s harder for me to take the time to read. So, when I get a book that isn’t that engaging, or doesn’t have the themes I want to dig in to when I’m reading… I get a little bummed.
The good news is, this book wasn’t disappointing. It wasn’t everything I’d want in a book, but the author has a ton of room to grow within this series he’s trying to develop.
The author has more than a few creative characters and one-liners that made me burst out laughing or smile… and it isn’t a comedic novel at all. The way the author crafts cats… and has them talk to their ‘owner’… was a joy to read.
I wish more time was spent on relationships in this book. A lot of the conversation is about family, about Pack, about friendships. Only, not enough time was spent on developing it for the reader to read. A lot of it was hinted at. There was a lot of backstory brought in to the novel and at times it was distracting.
I’d love to see more of this modern world with magic brought back… and I want to see more character development in the coming novels.
I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5 because while it was an enjoyable read (and I particularly loved the cat Hally in this book), it could have easily achieved a 4 out of 5 if it had spent more time on developing friendships, romance, and family rather than “telling” it existed.
My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.
As a mother of two (a daughter and a son), I’m a self-proclaimed backyard chicken guru and someone who has “foster failed” nearly all the animals currently running the household. Oh, and I maintain a husband in my spare time.