Sunday 25 March 2012

Rock of Aeons by Lawrence Kapture - Book Review

Title: Rock of Aeons
Author: Lawrence Kapture
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 2011
Pages: 164
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Author

Ozzie (Ozma) Jones, licensed bail bondswoman, is following Hank, the oiliest skip she’s ever had, to what she thinks might be a dropoff of stolen goods in a Midwestern junkyard.

Hank and the Seraph begin to fight. Hank turns into a dog to run away, and Ozzie is wounded. When she wakes up in the hospital, Ozzie finds out Hank has ended up in the pound.

She rescues him, but is interrupted when Astaris, a Seraph who was injured in the junkyard fight, appears and attacks her. As they flee, Hank explains that he is a Djinn, and that when Ozzie bled on Astaris he became a fallen Seraph, and is now addicted to her.

Drawn into a secret war between shape-shifting Djin and government infiltrating Seraph (both of whom think they know what is best for humanity) Ozzie is compelled to make hard decisions about how far she will extend herself to interfere.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I received this book as a review request from the author and the premise caught my attention straight away. I loved the idea of the story and, as I started reading, I also came to love the characters too.

Ozzie is a strong, capable heroine, ably assisted by a cast of diverse characters, such as Hank the Djinn and fallen Seraph Astaris. The characters all came across well as individuals and there was some good dialogue and interaction.

The story moved at a pleasing pace and I was always keen to find out what would happen next. There were a few little bits here and there that had not been picked up in edits - some typos, some repetition - but they were only minor things and did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to Urban Fantasy fans who are looking for a bit of a change from vampires and shifters. I would certainly be happy to read more from this author in the future.

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