Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/17/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Kellan Largant and Bastet are drawn into an ancient battle while learning to love each other.
Kellan Largent is a grad student at Harvard. His thesis is on ancient Egyptian religious cults. While immersed in his research, he comes across an obscure reference to the Earth Warrior cult. Little does he know that one sentence in a dusty tattered book will engulf him in a battle between good and evil. A battle that could be the end of the world as he knows it.
The stray cat wandering the streets around Kellan’s house is more than an abandoned feline. Bastet has roamed the earth from the days when Egypt was young. He’s watched the pharaohs rise and fall. New gods come and go. His purpose has remained the same: Protect the earth at all costs and keep the secrets of the Earth Warriors from regular mortals. He’s sent to keep Kellan Largent from finding out the truth about the cult, but also to keep the unsuspecting college student alive.
One man will do anything for the spell that created the Warriors. He wants immortality and killing Kellan for the secret is just the beginning of the trouble he’ll cause to get what he wants.
This is one of those books that is hard for me to review because while there were things I enjoyed about my reading experience, I was never excited or compelled to continue reading.
I want to start with the thing that bothered me the most about this one. Bastet is a reissue by a second publisher and there were still enough glaring editing mistakes that it often pulled me out of the story. What little connection I had was gone when I read sentences with missing or wrong words. I would have thought that a second edit would have caught these things.
I did enjoy the history and mythology aspects of this story. I have never been big on Egyptian Mythology so I was pleased with what I learned and I liked how the author incorporated myths and legends into the modern world.
I liked the concept of the brothers and they way they interacted. I almost want to keep reading this series just to see what’s up with Sekhmet. But I never really connected to any one character and honestly, I will probably forget about this series before the next one is published.
I also never connected with Bastet and Kellan’s romance because it was over the top instant and often didn’t make sense to me. I understood Bastet’s attachment because it was explained, but I never understood why Kellan gave in and believed so quickly. His sense of self preservation was non-existent and I just never felt that their love was anything more than forced for the purposes of this series.
I am giving this one 3 stars because I liked this one more than I didn’t, but overall I was not entertained as much as I would have liked and have to admit this story will not be memorable. Maybe if it had been expanded the author would have had more time to capture my interest. As it stands, I will not be carrying on with this series.
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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