Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
In the year 2012, just as the Mayans predicted, life on earth suffered The Cataclysm that shifting the whole world off its axis by 90 degrees. Several hundreds of years later, life is beginning again, in the old cities and some new ones. Fiona Moon and her family, are getting by. She is a member of the Elite Black Guard, works hard at her job. When bodies are turning up at an alarming rate, she is forced to work with Ian, Master Necromancer. This job may very well cost them everything, their lives, their hearts, their very souls.
You know what?? I LOVE it when a book totally blows me away!
Totally did not see this coming at me, at all. The world building is astounding! You don't get all the history at once, you get little bits here and there, almost thrown in as an after thought, and in the beginning, I was thinking, nah, I;m not gonna like this, but as it all started to make sense, and I could put those bits into bigger pieces and finally a whole world, I grew more and more excited to see how it was gonna go.
Ian and Fiona had worked together before, and they had history. Fiona's mother was killed by and necromancer of old, plying his wares and scamming his way. But there is more to Ian that Fiona first thought, and right from the beginning there is an underlaying tension between them, that bubbles, and simmers for ages! It only a matter of time before things boil over and they do, brilliantly!
The plot moves at a clear and even pace, not too fast or too slow, just nicely plods along, but I mean that in a GOOD way! There are vampires, werewolves, shifters, mages, and all sorts of other paranormals that have been out in the open since The Cataclysm, some good, some not so.
I would love to read any future books in this series, to see what happens next for Fiona and Ian, but equally, for Fiona's sisters, River and Anya. I can see Jarrett playing a part with one of said sisters, I really can.
At the end of this review, I'm including the bit of world building that is included on Amazon, but not added here on Goodreads, it might pique your interest! Cos I know if I had seen that bit, I would have been interested, really I would!
Seriously good book, people!
5 full stars
**similar worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and BookLikes**
(ABout The Paranom world will not appear on my Amazon review)**
About The Paranorm World- Two hundred years ago the world was very different. It was an age of technology and prosperity. There were more than 7 billion people on earth. Magic and paranormal beings were relegated to fiction and myth. In the Technological Age Year 2012 the Earth experienced a natural phenomena which we now call the Cataclysm. There was a polar shift in which the earths natural magnetic poles shifted. The polar shift caused a series of natural disasters that changed the landscape of the world. In the years that followed 2012—Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and tsunamis pounded the world leaving devastation and death. Whole cities and even states were leveled by earthquakes and swallowed by the sea. The melting of the polar ice caps caused flooding. Society collapsed. With major cities being leveled by disasters governments crumbled. Power plants and refineries were destroyed. The basic infrastructure of the country disintegrated. There was no longer any electricity, public water systems no longer worked. Food supplies dwindled as there was no longer enough gasoline for shipping. At first the government tried to keep order with police and military. But as more and more disasters destroyed major cities and even the capital of the United States, the government crumbled. With no government to pay or command them there was no longer an army or even police forces. Riots abounded, destroying as much property as the disasters. Disasters killed more than half the population in less than a year. Over the next five decades famine, disease, and war killed millions more. Humanities only chance for survival was reliant on those who had long ago become outcasts and myths. Humans who through natural evolution, genetics, or viruses had preternatural abilities. In the ruins of the old civilization, a new one rose up. One that blends technology and magic. One where paranormal beings like mages, vampires and werebeasts live side by side with normal humans.