Book Review: Epoch (Transcend #2) by Jewel E. Ann

 

Who do you choose between your soulmate and the love of your life? What are the limits that you can cross for your love? Should you cross them? At what point do you stop looking for answers and let go?  Can you defy your fate? Do you have the right to decide the fate of someone else’s life?

“I think a part of you will be mine to love in every life.”

These are some of the questions that went through my mind while reading Epoch. I never thought I’d be thinking such deep thoughts when I’d read the first of the Transcend, the prequel to Epoch.

Swayze has dreams for her life. Dreams that involve Griffin, the love of her life. And yet, she can remember memories from another life. Memories that makes her aware of exactly who the reason was of the death of the person whose memories she remembers. And although she loves Griffin from the core of her being, she also can’t let go of Nate. Nate who tells her that she is the reincarnation of Daisy, his first love. Daisy – who died the year Swayze was born. Daisy – whose life is so entangled with Swayze that she can’t escape those memories.

Epoch is all about Swayze fighting to learn more of her past. Swayze is not the brave and carefree Swayze we saw in Transcend. She is scared for her life. She knows the man who was responsible for Daisy’s death is roaming freely and she has nothing to prove her claims. She loves Griffin. She wants to grow old with him. But she can’t stop thinking about Nate. He has an allure to her that goes beyond her soul. And Nate’s daughter Morgan too. These two are her connection to a past she can’t let go of. And Griff is the future she wants.

“What if some people are meant to pass through our lives instead of walking along beside us?”

Griffin knows Swayze is the one. He is ready to start his life with her. But Swayze is so hell bent on finding the truth behind her memories, that Griff feels like he’s losing her. He is ready to do anything to make Swayze feel safe. But is that enough?

“I’m not going to watch you self-destruct. I’m not going to watch you fall in love with another man.”

Nate has lost the two loves of his life. He only had his third and final love, his daughter Morgan before Swayze stormed into his love. Discovering his first love and his best friend in her was a relief for him. But now he is conflicted by the separate space Swayze has created in his heart, separate to the part of her that is Daisy. But Swayze is not his and he can’t selfishly keep her from her life, a life which was perfect before she met him.

“It’s just what’s always been in my heart. You died, but I lived and so has my love for you.”

We see these three characters struggle with the curveball life threw at them in Epoch.

This book wasn’t perfect. Many readers might be frustrated by Swayze’s indecision throughout the book. I was frustrated too. But I never got annoyed with her. The author was successful in conveying Swayze’s inner turmoil to me, and I really felt for her. At one point, when Swayze reaches a decision, my heart broke. And then when another twist comes, my heart mended and slightly broke again. But then the epilogue mended my heart again and some more.

This book had a shocking twist that made me actually stop and think about how I felt about it. I didn’t expect that twist from this book. But by the end of the book, I was comfortable with that twist.

Normally, I detest love triangles. And I’m always on a team. But this duology felt more than a mere love triangle to me. It was more than about who she ends up with. I was invested in a happy ending for all three of them, even if neither of them got the girl.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget Swayze, Griff or Nate.

In the end, neither Swayze nor the readers do not get all our questions answered.  But I think there’s a beauty in that. The beauty in letting go.


 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Book Review: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

 

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

Okay. So, this is the tenth and final book of this particular series. A small intro for the people who are not familiar with this series – These books are pure Urban Fantasy. There are not only vampire or werewolves. You get your pick of shapeshifters from wererats to werelions. And that’s only the beginning.

To put it in TV show terms. This series is a mixture of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Except, Kate Daniels is even more badass then Buffy. Yes, I said it.

The author was not at all discriminating in her use of myths in this series. Be it Greek gods, Islamic djinns and ifrits, Roman gods, Hindu gods. You name it. There are 10 books in this series and every book brings a different myth and creatures.

So if you’re a fan of myths and fantasy. You’re gonna love this series. And, this is one of those rare gems which only gets better with each book. In fact, when I started the first book, I wasn’t impressed. The author dropped us in the middle of the universe and it took me time to adjust. But I went along. The second book was better at keeping me engaged. By the third book, I was all in. Hook. Line. Sinker.

In short, this series is hugely recommended by me. If you start the series and stick till the second and third book, you won’t be disappointed.

This series could go on for another 10 books and I’d still gobble it up. I’m still a bit glum that I won’t read more from Kate.

Kate Daniels is a character who has the rare accomplishment of not annoying ME even once in all TEN frikkin’ books. ME. Me who got annoyed by Harry Potter every 50 pages and who found even Elizabeth Bennet irritating at times. So suffice it to say, kate Daniels is the slayer of my heart.

She evolves so much throughout the series. In this final book, she’s a mother. She and Curran were great parents.

The previous books had so much of everything in them, I was never left not entertained.

Just when I thought nothing about this series would surprise me anymore, we get a case of 300 people boiled in a mass grave at the beginning. Creeeeeepy.

As if that’s not enough, she still has her father (a more civilized version of Voldemort, to put it mildly) after her. There are threatening messages from mysterious creatures. There are dragons. There is her 13 month old son who has started to shapeshift to a lion cub.

(Oh, did I mention Kate’s husband? Who’s a warelion? No? Well, there you go. But Kate and Curran are as equal as you can get. They might not have the most epic love story and Curran might not be the most swoonworthy hero ever. But they’re still one of my most favorite couples because they actually have a healthy relationship.)

Anyways, so Kate has a lot on her plates and she doubts she’ll see the end of it. But we have a dozen supporting characters who are thankfully there to help her. Kate who started off as a loner has now a BIG support group. That makes me emotional more than anything else. I’m such a proud reader! You go girl!

Oh on a side note, little Conlan stole the show for me. He was such an adorable mix of a devil, innocent and cuteness. I wouldn’t mind a book all on him.


Anyways…

I loved the book like I loved the other books in the series. But I’m still a little sad that I won’t see more from Kate. No worries, though. We will see more of this universe in multiple spinoffs. But no character will be able to resemble the awesomeness that is Kate Daniels.

You know what would cure me of my sadness? A TV adaptation on this series. Yes please. Pretty please?

And if you want to read a series that has an amazing blend of Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Romance and a billion bucket of FEELS, Kate Daniels is the one for you.


 

My Rating: ★★★★☆