Monday, October 20, 2014

Number of the Beast: Paladin Cycle, Book One

The foreword to this book warns the reader that this series extends the borders of multiple genres and that is certainly true.  

This story is one of unconditional love and the lengths that one will go to in order to protect and defend that love.  It is the story of a town, haunted by ghosts, real and imagined.  And it is the story of that town and the people in it being caught in the middle of a great cosmic battle that will potentially end the world as everyone knows it, leaving behind something far worse than anyone can imagine.

Unbeknownst to the residents of Buckeye, Texas the pond that lies in the middle of Sacred Oaks covers a cosmic portal to other worlds.   Also unbeknownst to them, the portal has recently served as the passageway for the Geminus Beast who has come as instructed by his mother Galmoria to find the “Beloved” and nothing will stop him in his quest.

Shane and Amy are building a good life together in Buckeye Texas. Shane works as a derrick hand in the oilfields and Amy is a waitress at the local diner and is helping raise Shane’s younger brother Scooter.  They are not perfect people and they have had their share of hard times. Amy spent several years in a psychiatric hospital and is very superstitious and even more so after a visit to a local fortune teller who not only refused to read for her during her last visit but also practically threw her out and told her to never come back.  Shane struggles with the guilt of a tragic accident and the responsibility of his brother when their father left and their mother became too unwell to care for him.  When Amy begins hearing a voice she is certain that she is once again losing her grip on reality, which unfortunately is not the case.  Reality is sadly going to be much scarier than anything she and everyone else could have ever imagined.

In the desert of New Mexico, a young man and his twin have been raised since infants in training for battle with the Beast.   It is their destiny to slay him together.  Or is it?

The author does a wonderful job pulling you into this mythical fantasy world and the descriptions of those worlds and the heinous beasts that inhabit them are so vivid you can clearly imagine them in your mind.    There are several sexually explicit scenes in the book that may be a little much for some readers, but nothing in my opinion that would make the book unreadable.

I am not typically a fan of this type of fantasy writing but after reading the first book of the series, I am very curious about what happens to the characters next.  Aside from that I am incredibly curious about a theme threaded throughout the story and I am definitely planning to read the remaining books so I can see if what I think is happening, really is.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys supernatural fantasy and those who enjoy a love story with something a little extra.

Want to check it out?  You can get it here.   I would love to hear what you think!   Happy reading!

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