Resilient, kickass, and determined, Aislinn's walled herself off from anything that might make her feel again. Until a wolf picks her for a bond mate and a Celtic god rises out of legend to claim her for his own.
Aislinn Lenear lost her anthropologist father high in the Bolivian Andes. Her mother, crazy with grief that muted her magic, was marched into a radioactive vortex by dark creatures and killed. Three years later, stripped of every illusion that ever comforted her, 22-year-old Aislinn is one resilient, kickass woman with a take-no-prisoners attitude. In a world turned upside down, where virtually nothing familiar is left, she's conscripted to fight the dark gods responsible for her father's death. Battling evil on her own terms, Aislinn walls herself off from anything that might make her feel again in this compelling dystopian urban fantasy.
Fionn MacCumhaill, Celtic god of wisdom, protection, and divination, has been laying low since the dark gods stormed Earth. He and his fellow Celts decided to wait them out. After all, three years is nothing compared to their long lives. On a clear winter day, Aislinn walks into his life and suddenly all bets are off. Awed by her courage, he stakes his claim to her and to an Earth he's willing to fight for.
Aislinn's not so easily convinced. Fionn's one gorgeous man, but she has a world to save. Emotional entanglements will only get in her way. Letting a wolf into her life was hard. Letting love in may well prove impossible.
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Interesting story ruined by narration
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world: ancient gods, or possibly aliens impersonating gods, have come to life, killed everyone who doesn't have magical ability and are using the rest in their wars against each other. The heroine gets entangled with the Celtic gods, with whom her family has a history. It's a fascinating backdrop but so much goes unexplained that it's very hard to follow at times. It needed a lot more attention to the mythology.
Small details about the post-apocalyptic world, like how hard it is to find new clothing and food, worked very well for me.
Absolutely not. While the story is interesting, the narrator reads like a robot. There's virtually no emotion in the reading, and even the love scenes are read in a toneless rhythmic way that makes them the audio equivalent of eating cardboard. She makes a decent attempt at the Irish accent, or I would have suspected the reader wasn't a real human. Awful.
Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger and is clearly intended as the beginning of a series. But I won't be looking for the next installment. There are spots where the writing is poor, but it felt much worse because of the awful narration. It's a shame because I did find some of the secondary characters engaging.
- Caroline Marks