The forecast for Secrets of the Fog is slightly overcast with a chance of rain.
Tera, our dryad abducted from her man-hating nook in one of Artemis’s trees where so many other dryads end their seven hundred plus existences unloved and unregarded by anyone other than the goddess of the hunt, by Sparrow, an almost too aptly (on-the-beak?) named avian shapeshifter, finds she and her abductress have a lot in common, especially as regards their dream of co-owning and operating a coffee-shop.
As the narrative opens, Sparrow and Tera (Agrotera for long) swap energetic small talk, truly heartfelt. Moments like this cannot last; even though, you almost think they should. But alas Tera has a man to catch. Melissandra and Morgana, Sparrow’s magical and magically named aunts, the ones who funded the whole coffeeshop experience, see that someone grand is approaching the portal at Alcatraz. Could it be Tera’s goddess mother? Or is it, dramatic snares, Eris, Tera’s goddess mother’s arch-enemy, goddess of discord who according to this text has done nothing since initiating the Trojan War to get her a new epithet? Sabin, our shining knight from the fog, certainly played by Chris Hemsworth, enters Tera’s realm to chase down a Nunaish, a fog-shifting demon urged by Eris to stir the pot.
The names and plot points, at this point, really sway, surge, and boil with an enthusiasm and a rightness that one rarely sees in paranormal romance. Unfortunately this alignment of the stars and moon only comes together for the first ten pages before descending into a cacophony that however well-meant and occasionally radiant once more is too abruptly choreographed and forthright to let the magic happen.
As I said, sometimes this herky jerky rhythm works perfectly like the sealing of the deal between Tera and Sabin immediately following the slaying of a sex demon. Would Sabin, so unfamiliar with Earth’s custom, not perform just this?
The shortness of the book, for all the sighs of relief it brought me when I opened up the file, is more than likely its undoing. The dialogue and quirkiness of the characters is just where I would want it. I just wish their notes were held a whole lot longer.
|Recommendation:||Quick and quirky eread for a jaunt at the park, preferably on a misty day|
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Hey Josh, thank you for the thoughtful review! XOXO