Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: London Burden
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Lycan descendant of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Tristan is not as extraordinary as his ancestors. He is an average warrior, unremarkable throughout. But this fact does not trouble him because he has found his Twin Flame, the one person destined to be his, who will love him unconditionally, life after life.
Then his Flame betrays him, leaving him shattered and dying. Brokenhearted, Tristan dissolves the sacred bond and leaves. His best friend, Ushna, accompanies him, vowing to guard and protect him, and Tristan slowly comes to realize that love does not require a sacred bond.
But if he hopes to keep the love he chooses, they will first have to survive ancient secrets, lies, mythical creatures, and the return of absent gods…
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Twin Flames has been on our review list for a while. I have looked at it and read the blurb and skipped over it many times. However, this last viewing hit something just right and I decided to give it a shot. OMG, I loved it! I want to kick myself for skipping over it for so long!
I do have to say that the blurb did not do this story justice so that may be a part of why I did not pick it up. The blurb focused mostly on the first maybe 40% of the story and only hinted at the rest, which is where I fell in love with this world. Yes, I enjoyed the love story, but, for me, it was nothing compared to the mystery and world building that took place. It was only a small piece of the whole and in that respect, the blurb was a bit misleading.
I am a huge fan of mythology and I love stories that bring forth elements or gods I know nothing about. The author chose to focus on the Sumerian gods and I have very little understanding of their history and structure. The author did not spend a lot of time detailing EVERYTHING about this mythological sect, but gave enough that the pertinent gods and their actions are understood but the reader was not overwhelmed. I loved learning about these new to me gods and even did a bit of research on my own once the story was complete.
The world building, pack structure, and character purpose were really the main focus of the tale. The love story was used as the impetus for plot movement and while it was great in and of itself, I love how the author tied everything together so that the romance and the plot were a cohesive unit. Without the bond breaking and discovery of new love, the characters would not have grown and been able to handle what was thrown their way.
The reason I did not give this 5 stars was the abrupt ending. I was so into this story that I read it non-stop in one sitting. I was so engrossed in and compelled by the story that the ending hit me out of left field and left me feeling lost. I understand that the author wants this to be a series, but the ending was not a natural place of conclusion. It was labelled as “the beginning,” but in my opinion, it was the middle of book 1. This story and world were so rich that I would gladly have sat down to read a book twice as long as this one if it meant I could have the entire story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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