Earth's Requiem by Ann Gimpel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was my first book by Ann Gimpel and I like it!
First things first, I only gave it 4 stars because in the first quarter the few flashbacks didn't really fit with the pace of the story. Personally I would have seen them all worked into a longer prologue chapter which told us more how things were before jumping to the present day. That's my only "negative" thing to say.
A lot has happened to mankind, magic is no longer something mythical but something real, same for creatures that go bump in the night. Those have taken over earth and practically culled all of mankind, only those left with a high level of magic in then.
Aislinn is one of those people that has seen her father and mother succumb to the Vortex, an evil portal to sucked up all the humans lured and brought there by the Lemurians. When it's her turn to choose, she chose to work for them and live. Used for three years, things starts getting out of hand and her courage is growing.
When she runs into Fionn all bets are off. The chemistry between them is sizzling. I can't blame him having to have waited this long for her. Together with their bond animals, they start to unravel what males the Lemurians and Dark Ones tick and they try to come up with a plan of action.
It's a very nicely woven tale of friendship, trust, love and betrayal. It's a longer read, so be prepared to be swept away for a while when you dive into this dark world Ann has created. As in every story (and relationship) there are up and downs, good days and bad days, this story shows them all. The female lead isn't a push over, nor is Fionn and that creates some heated debate (not always a debate but yeah, you get what I mean)
If you like mythical, dangerous, good paced stories this one should really be on your to-read-pile!!!
(was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)
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