Title: Adel’s Purr
Author: Sui Lynn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Elements of Love: Book One
In a world recovering from a war that devastated humanity, Evan Halvard struggles to control a power he doesn’t understand. Evan is a stone mason. He can give life to stone to create and awaken living gargoyles. When he receives a message that a large gargoyle is about to be demolished by the Church, Evan rushes to save it.
After centuries of sleep, the gargoyle has no interest in a present he can’t relate to. Yet, through the haze of his hibernation, a voice calls to him. He awakens restrained by those he swore to protect. Evan and Adel must work to understand the power connecting them and escape the evil hunting Evan, before the Church destroys Adel.
Adel’s Purr is a wonderful first book in Sui Lynn’s elements of love series. In this story we are introduced to the world of the future where most of humanity was destroyed through biological warfare and the Church has stepped in as the new government, imposing its views on its subjects. In this new world, not all is as it seems and there are more things roaming the earth than just humans.
In the first book of the series, Ms. Lynn introduces us to the element of earth. She does a great job in giving just enough history to set the stage and just enough information about elementals and gargoyles to make the character development meaningful. She has successfully set the stage for a great series by establishing a very interesting society, likable characters, and an intriguing plot line. I like that while the Church appears to be corrupt and tyrannical, part of it seems to support the good of its people and even sanctions same sex marriages.
I liked the way Ms. Lynn designed this novel with each chapter having some tidbt of gargoyle lore or some historical detail given before the action of the story continued. By structuring the novel this way, Ms. Lynn was able to impart key knowledge to the reader without having to force it into the plot. It was very well done.
The only part of this novel that I struggled with was the mating of the two main character. Well, not so much the mating itself, but the language of love between the two. The majority of the novel is designed to show how strong and masculine Adel is, but when he and Evan are together, they are very sappy. It just did not seem to flow well with the rest of the novel. However, this was just a small thing for me and I am still eager to read the next novel. I am glad to have discovered this series and will add it to my auto buy list for the future.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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