Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scent of Salvation

Author: Annie Nicholas
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-748-5
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 07-30-13

When the military tries to take over her research, Dr. Susan Barlow attempts to stop them. She ends up stranded in another dimension. It’s similar to Earth, but without any of the advantages of civilization we take for granted. The biggest shock is the world is filled with all manner of nasty paranormal creatures and there’s not one single human.

Susan’s found by Sorin, the alpha of his pack, and he needs helping fighting the illness killing his people. He takes Susan falling through a blue light in the sky as a sign from the Goddess. He’s convinced she can save his pack but there are others who want her, too. Sorin must fight to keep her at his side but Susan isn’t certain how she can survive on a world alone—as the only human.

Scent of Salvation is the first release in Annie Nicholas’s new paranormal series, Chronicles of Eorthe.

Well, I’m happy to report I’ve found a new author with a great creative flair. She’s taken what could have been a typical werewolf/vampire story and instead turned it on its ear by using an alternate dimension premise. It’s a nice change from what you usually see in the genre and I really enjoyed it. The way she mixed 2lst century scientist Susan into Sorin’s dimension is very well done. Their worlds are very different on the surface but as you’ll see as the story progresses, there’s a common thread with ‘old’ Earth. It’s a well thought-out way to tie the two Earth’s together and I appreciated the author’s use of history to do it. 

But that’s not the only reason I enjoyed this unique story. It’s filled with vivid imagery, has fully developed personalities in Susan and Sorin, there’s plenty of interesting secondary characters and it has a fast pace from start to finish. It’s pretty serious most of the time but it still manages to have a few funny moments that made me smile. I’m anxious to see what happens in the next one. Watch for it.

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