Aodh, The Dagda, a man made of ancient legends, has slumbered for two millennia. Tonight, when the moon is full and the stars are aligned, he rises from his temporary grave to find the world is not as he remembers. His people, have vanquished, along with the majority of his considerable power. Chance takes him to Dru, and together they set out to find the key to reopening his world, whilst forming a bond of friendship neither has ever previously known. During their search, Dru learns Ty was no mortal man, but a god with a prophecy to fulfill. Ty died before fulfilling that prophecy, setting off a chain of events that would forever alter the future. Devastated, Dru abandons Aodh and the life that should have already been hers, and finds herself in the company of the worst sort. She begins a sordid affair with Kas, a daemon whose insatiable lust for power is only outdone by his lust for Dru. Separated from the only friend he knows, Aodh is left to search the world alone for answers. He meets the young and beautiful dancer, Katerina, and is instantly smitten with her grace and purity. He set out to find the key to reopening his world, whilst forming a bond of friendship neither has ever previously known. During their search, Dru learns Ty was no mortal man, but a god with a prophecy to fulfill. Ty died before fulfilling that prophecy, setting off a chain of events that would forever alter the future.
First of all this is a very interesting concept. And for the most part was a really interesting read from beginning to end. But there are a couple of things within the book that were slightly annoying so I am going to go over there before going on to the good things about the book.
First off, there were some formatting errors in the book itself. I'm not sure if the copy I received was an ARC or not, but it looks like a smash words copy. And even though I am one of those people who is willing to overlook the every once in a blue moon format error, this was a big one. About half way through every page the authors name would appear and then on the other page it would have the name of the book. The second issue with the book the chapters alternate with between two separate stories (they all come together at the end), but in the beginning of the book it often feels like you are reading two separate books, and for some people that could be a bit on the confusing side.
I will say that those two things aside the book was pretty good. The first chapter was a bit on the confusing side, but I think that is what the author intended, since it does introduce the reader to a brand new world. The second chapter really brings you into Katerina's world, which it would be mild to say that she lives a hard time. It is really easy for you to feel for her situation, and it's obvious that she has a past, but you don't get much information about her past. You do get little hints every now and again about Katerina's past, and when you do it makes you even more sad about whats going on with her life. Katerina is on the run from a life we can only imagine. And her escape is well planned and thought out, but at the same time it's so sad to watch, the terror in her actions shine through from the pages. She is one of those characters that you instantly identify with. It's rare for a character to do that with me, normally it takes more than a couple pages but for some reason she just pops right off the page and it is so easy to both love her and want her life to get better.
Now you also have two other sets of characters you meet early on, Dru and Aodh. Dru is more confusing to understand because you often feel like you are missing a huge part of her backstory, but every once in a while there are moments where her personality and past are aloud to shine through and you feel for her. Aodh is an even harder character to get to know, only because he is so out of place and well out of time. However, even though you don't feel for these characters like you do with Katerina, they are seriously interesting. Not only that but watching Aodh try and fit in with a world he does not belong in is highly amusing and very funny at times, especially when Dru is just trying to make sense of everything as well as be able to enjoy her own creature comforts. Their stark differences so easy to see from early on it's amazing, Dru is a vegan and Aodh is a raw fish off the bone eating cave man.
Of course the course the characters take don't always stay on the path you think that you think they will go down. But that is part of what makes the story so interesting and entertaining. I do have to say that about half way through the book the it really started to pick up the pace and become a real page turner. So overall, I am going to call this a good read.