30 Jan 2015 No Comments
Nobody who works with superstar political consultant Olivia Shepherd knows that she has supernatural empathic abilities—and that’s just how she likes it. But when she wakes up one morning to find Elsa, an ancient time-walker, standing in her kitchen, Olivia can no longer ignore her gifts or the mystical path that awaits her. Soon she is plunged into the hidden world of powerful “Others” who operate beneath the dense fog of San Francisco.
Drafted to work for the Council, a shadowy organization that controls the fate of humanity, Olivia must decide whether to dedicate herself to its cause. Complicating matters further is Olivia’s new love interest, William, a centuries-old vampire who is far too jaded to take an interest in human affairs. As shocking details from Olivia’s own past emerge and her role in the world begins to take shape, will she rise to the challenge of her destiny?
This book has an intriguing cast of characters – witches, fairies, time walkers, demons, and vampires. It’s also well written. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me in some areas.
“There is a lot about this world you don’t know, Olivia, and that has put you in harm’s way.”
Olivia comes from a family of humans with special powers, but she chose to ignore them until something happens in her life that forces her to get in touch with her gifts. I was never clear on how she managed to ignore these powers until she reached her thirties. Her character sometimes came across as childish and willful, to the point where I expected a full blown tantrum. Other times she was far too naive and easily led, not questioning things or following through on conversations.
And then in a blink of an eye, he was right next to me, kissing me again in that way that made my lips feel like they would catch fire.
The other characters were a fun mix, though I never truly felt their powers. I wanted to see what they were capable of, beyond a bit of demonic mind control.
Staring down a demon is tiring business.
One oddity that stood out for me came with the point of view. This book is almost entirely written in first person, from Olivia’s perspective. This works well for the story. But two short chapters, both coming toward the end, are written from William’s point of view, in third person. Because they came so late, and because there are only two short chapters, these felt out of place and unnecessary.
William thought he detected an almost imperceptible shudder passing through Aidan and Elsa.
The plot is straight forward and moves along at a good pace. There are some issues here though. First, the content is very liberal politically, and perhaps a bit insulting to Republicans. I had no real problems with this myself, but this book would be offensive to anyone with strong conservative political beliefs. The big problem for me was that the story had no real ending. I know this is the first in a trilogy but, for me, each book needs to have closure and this one does not.
“I object because I don’t think we should meddle in the lives of humans, period,” he said. “They’re incapable of learning from history. They’re incapable of resisting their worst urges for power. They should be left alone to their own devices.”
Overall, this is a good first book with the potential to become a great series.
Thanks for reading.