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- Publisher: inklingwell Press (July 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 4, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HZBUFBA
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I purchased this book two nights ago. Night 1- stayed up late to read (which I haven't done in a long time!) Day 2-I rushed home from work to continue reading. I just finished and I'm already ready to reread it just to be sure I didn't miss any tidbits. The author wrote the storyline beautifully. It had just enough detail to paint a picture without being so wordy that you find yourself skipping over parts. My mind is reeling with questions. What will happen to Mallory? How will the find affect humanity? What's the deal with Keaton? Grey?! I have so many questions that I want answered, I'm really looking forward to future books in the series.
Perhaps the best thing about this book is that it combines aspects of "hard" scifi and myth-based urban fantasy. The main characters are all trained academics who approach the question of what they have discovered scientifically, and yet there are also suggestions that what they are dealing with has a religious rather than a scientific explanation, something that some of them, at least, are willing to consider. Although this is not that unusual for stories like this (Indiana Jones is explicitly referenced on multiple occasions), it is well-done here, giving realistic details of the excavation process and situating the story in the realistic here-and-now, even as it gives tantalizing hints of something more.
The main focus, though, is not so much on the science and mythology but on the interior life of the main character, the lead archeologist on the dig. A complex and compelling character, Mallory wrestles with the scientific and moral dilemma placed before her, as well as her personal tragedies, which, it turns out, are also linked to the project. A strong female lead who doesn't play into the stereotypes of strong female leads, Mallory is a welcome addition to the specfic genre. I definitely recommend this book for readers looking for smart, female-oriented speculative fiction.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
• “The subject matter is very interesting and well described without causing confusion due to too much information being given at one time. I did not realize that henge are separated into above, partially above and completely covered sections. I have already learned something, which is why I love reading.”
• “I am enjoying the pace. It is not so slow as to drag and not so fast that I feel rushed and like I haven’t absorbed something important that will make a difference later.”
• A character says to his colleague, “And now let me ask you one last profound question: do you follow the dove or the raven?” “My personal answer is: I love birds especially mourning doves and crows/ravens. Mourning doves are so beautiful, but rather stupid and unaware of their surroundings until it’s usually too late. Crows are very intelligent and aware of their environment at all times. They are hard to trick or get close to, not so with doves. If I had to choose based solely on the bird itself, I would choose to be a Raven. Rather beautiful and intelligent than beautiful and clueless.”
• “I know things are not exactly as they seem. There is an underlying tension that you’ve created around this dig, which is keeping me slightly on edge and wondering when the next oversized boot is going to drop.”
• “I find that part especially fascinating. It would be expected if it were mummified, wet or dry, but it’s a skeleton and not a mummy. I can’t wait to see what this significant tidbit reveals. (removed spoiler)”
• “Dang! He should have at least scared the little prat (I love that word!)”
• “That neighbor is something else. I have to smile at his ‘imminent domain my ass’ attitude.”
• “I want to stand up and applaud, whistle and cheer! Perfectly said! Love this – pure Mallory at her very best!”
• “I like Sir Henry! He knows a gem when he sees one. Take that, Paisley, old girl!”
• “UGH! She is killing me (removed spoiler). Gasp! Eck…killing me…ack…need life support…eck…now…gasp…beeeeeeeeeeeep…I cannot believe I am left hanging! (removed spoiler) What, what, what!!??”
• “I am so looking forward to the rest of this series…Ellison, you are truly gifted”
I was given a free copy for an honest appraisal. The opinions contained in this review are my own.
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