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- Print Length: 163 pages
- Publication Date: November 18, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PUUJCUY
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Past life strife is an urban fantasy written mostly in first person POV from three different characters: Seth the Observer, Desmond the Warrior, and Bogie the lesser demon. All three have their distinct voices, but the one I preferred without a doubt was Bogie's. While he's an entirely different kind of character, his speech pattern reminded me of Lafayette (True Blood TV Show) in an endearing manner.
Even if he's a demon, Bogie has a conscience, which makes him more Neutral than Chaos. The same trait that caused him trouble with his clan shows in his actions all through the story. (I hope we'll see more of him in the sequel.)
Seth as an Observer for the Order is a direct witness to the pain and suffering of the humans. His job is to spot the ones who may turn to Chaos. This has made him a sensitive, and vulnerable soul. He's calm, less prompt to judge people. What's not to love?
Desmond, a Warrior, also works for the Order at Seth's side. He's your all round tough guy, with a hint of softness.
Now add witches, vampires, succubus, angels, and what not to the plot and you have a short but delightful read.
“You got banished for being banished?” The new warrior asks the demon, Bogie. Desmond is a Warrior for Order and had at one time saved Bogie’s life by banishing him back to Chaos, but they didn’t want him either. What’s a lowly demon supposed to do? Every twist is this story is simply brilliant writing. Absolutely fantastic storytelling! And then there’s the Angels – well I’ll just say it’s unique and adds another layer of intrigue. All the characters we meet in this first book have some baggage they need to come to terms with. There is plenty of action, suspense, and mystery. I am relieved that I have the box set of this series on my kindle so I can continue with this amazing story. Highly Recommended!
Each main character has their own unique voice, their own unique background, and their own way of doing things. Each has a job to fill, and in doing so they show how perfectly imperfect they are. I love it when a book turns things on its head, and this book does a beautiful job of doing just that. The final twist at the end had me laughing, and applauding Christina as well as groaning because it's going to be a while before the next installment comes out. (Meannie!)
Even though the pages are packed with action, there are enough pauses in the scenes to let you catch your breath and regroup so you can look forward to the next round of problems to pop up. And, there are plenty of problems to deal with. The characters feel real through their complex, multi-dimensional creation along with the interactions they have among themselves. The setting has so much potential, I'm looking forward to rereading this one to see if anything else surfaces since I've read it once already.
Overall, the story was intriguing although there were times when I found it difficult to follow. Some of that may be due to syntax but it may have also been due to certain characters representing things that didn't seem usual to me.
Somewhere along in the read I found myself trying to figure out who I might be like if I were in the story. You might find yourself wondering the same thing if you begin to read Past Life Strife.
P.S. We should be careful, because fracking could open a gate to hell- I know because I read it in this book.