Reviewed by Sarina
AUTHOR: Cari Z
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 184 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2017
Cillian Kelly can look into people’s eyes and see their fates. He’s running from a past filled with mistakes, lying low and selling his services on the sly. When he learns that Sören Egilsson, a man who sacrificed himself so Cillian could escape imprisonment two years ago, is somehow still alive, Cillian has to find out how. What he gets is the body of the man he loves possessed by an ancient spirit who draws Cillian into a battle to the death for the right to control Sören’s fate, and the power that comes with it.
Cillian Kelly has the ability to look anyone in the eye and see what their future holds but that power comes with price; nightmares abundant with the glimpses of other people’s lives and constantly looking over his own shoulder in self preservation are just two such examples. Add in an inability to save the life of the only man he’s ever loved and Cillian would much rather have been born an ordinary, ungifted human being. When a face from his past makes a sudden reappearance, Cillian goes in search of answers and finds himself embroiled in a fight for the one person he thought lost to him forever; the price of success may prove to be too high, however, and the only way to win may be through making the ultimate sacrifice.
Cari Z just has this knack for making characters that I just love to read about and stories that I hate to put down. When I started this book, I thought I had a fairly good idea where it would be going and what Cillian was going to have to go through in order to save Soren but I was completely wrong. The reality of the situation Cillian finds himself in had him flying by the seat of his pants for a good portion of the story and that made for a highly entertaining read as I had no idea what was going to happen next. Over the course of the book I was amused, upset, intrigued, thrilled and horrified all while dealing with an undercurrent of anticipation for what could be coming around the corner. I really enjoyed Cillian quite a bit, which is good since he’s the main character, but I never really felt connected to Soren; perhaps because he was more a shadow following Cillian around than an in your face partner. Honestly, if I had to pick a second favorite character, it would be Roger because that man was awesome and obviously knows how to throw a party. 😀
A word of warning about the book, however (there are spoilers ahead so beware). There is an instance of suicide in the book but the character in question doesn’t die and it isn’t too terribly graphic but if that is a trigger for you, you should be prepared. I don’t want to say too much about it as it would ruin something integral to the plot but I felt the heads up was necessary.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit; the story was unique and easily kept me interested the entire time I was reading it. If you enjoy paranormal stories and books with more action than romance, I’d give this one a look. 🙂