How am I doing so far? My time travel went haywire, all the signs I needed to stop the prophecy have passed, and the only way I can save my world is by keeping yours from ending. Then there's Gaelen, most days I want to deck him. He hides his true motives and if it was not for the intel he had, I would be rid of him. Any day in my life without a demon attack is a good day; I haven't had a whole lot of those lately. The only problem is, if I don’t stop the Mutari, this world will burn.
Alana Devereaux is one of the few human survivors of the Mutari, a cataclysmic event that saw the walls between dimensions torn down and demons pouring out into the human realm. Now there's just a small hope for humanity. Those who possess magic have banded together to send Alana back through time to try to stop the event from ever happening.
When Alana arrives she discovers her timing really sucks! It's later than she'd hoped and the clock is ticking. Already demons are arriving and Alana is struggling to find out just what triggered the Mutari. Her journey leads her on a wild goose chase from one museum library to another searching for clues but she quickly discovers she's not the only one looking. Gaelen is sinfully attractive and just keeps turning up but can she trust him? Gaelen is unlike any male Alana has ever met. He's strong, he's fast, and his powers are unbelievable. Demons keep showing up but there are other sinister players involved and time is running out for both Alana and the rest of the world.
First, can I just that I really liked the cover? Although this heroine is crazy about any weapons, she could have easily been depicted with an Uzi and it would be appropriate! It's a fast moving book with oodles of action. This heroine seriously does not know the meaning of giving up and it's an enthralling ride Ms Gallagher takes us on. It even starts with an horrific event that would crush many, but Alana is a fighter.
I loved that the action moved from place to place and it was interesting to see how the author's research played out. It's a story told mainly in first person. As readers, we get more than a glimpse of Alana's thoughts and that actually does help give depth to the tale. Her attraction to Gaelen is off the wall and it's interesting to watch her struggle with both her duty and her fears. One thing is certain, Alana will never give up. There's so much to be revealed about Gaelen and even Alana herself, but perhaps even more compelling, are the peripheral characters who are only just beginning to show their true colours.
So this story dragged me in and didn't let go until I'd finished reading. An end of the world scenario that didn't feel like a clichéd dystopian novel. A heroine who I totally believed in and a love interest to add a bit of spice.
Anything I didn't like? I do have a niggle and it concerns the dialogue, I wanted more! Please Ms Gallagher allow these characters to verbally interact more as it will bring their story to life. I enjoyed their conversations but really wanted to understand more about Gaelen's role in all this. As for the dialogue, well I'm English, and I'm sorry but we don't all sound like cockney chimney sweeps! A couple of times Alana dealt with shop assistants and taxi drivers and the way their speech was portrayed just grated on me, sorry. That being said, I really did enjoy this book and am so looking forward to the plot moving forward in the next book.
A great beginning and well worth your time.
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