Resilient, kickass, and determined, Aislinn's walled herself off from anything that might make her feel again. Until a wolf picks her for a bond mate and a Celtic god rises out of legend to claim her for his own.
Aislinn Lenear lost her anthropologist father high in the Bolivian Andes. Her mother, crazy with grief that muted her magic, was marched into a radioactive vortex by dark creatures and killed. Three years later, stripped of every illusion that ever comforted her, 22-year-old Aislinn is one resilient, kickass woman with a take-no-prisoners attitude. In a world turned upside down, where virtually nothing familiar is left, she's conscripted to fight the dark gods responsible for her father's death. Battling evil on her own terms, Aislinn walls herself off from anything that might make her feel again in this compelling dystopian urban fantasy.
Fionn MacCumhaill, Celtic god of wisdom, protection, and divination, has been laying low since the dark gods stormed Earth. He and his fellow Celts decided to wait them out. After all, three years is nothing compared to their long lives. On a clear winter day, Aislinn walks into his life and suddenly all bets are off. Awed by her courage, he stakes his claim to her and to an Earth he's willing to fight for.
Aislinn's not so easily convinced. Fionn's one gorgeous man, but she has a world to save. Emotional entanglements will only get in her way. Letting a wolf into her life was hard. Letting love in may well prove impossible.
©2013, 2015 Ann Gimpel (P)2015 Ann Gimpel
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
I got this book in exchange for an honest review. And I really have to admit that I struggled with it, for a few reasons.
The world building was good, there seemed to be ample reasons to the why our protag Aislin, is as she is. I think I had to get through the first half of the story to really start to like here a bit though. The second half defo picked up a lot more and I did find myself more engaged. This is the first of Ann's books that I've read or listened to and I do think I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
There was a lot more sexy scenes than I had thought there would be and personally I think that detracted from the characters depth and the main story line. So I wasn't sure if this should have an erotica tag rather than the sci-fi post-apocalyptic feel that it has.
I do think that the narration seemed to be disjointed at times. I think she did a good job of all the characters though they were distinguished enough for me not to think too hard who was speaking with the tags.
I have the second book to listen to this week maybe that will feel better to me, I shall defo let you know. Many thanks for the opportunity to listen to something new.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world: ancient gods, or possibly aliens impersonating gods, have come to life, killed everyone who doesn't have magical ability and are using the rest in their wars against each other. The heroine gets entangled with the Celtic gods, with whom her family has a history. It's a fascinating backdrop but so much goes unexplained that it's very hard to follow at times. It needed a lot more attention to the mythology.
Small details about the post-apocalyptic world, like how hard it is to find new clothing and food, worked very well for me.
Absolutely not. While the story is interesting, the narrator reads like a robot. There's virtually no emotion in the reading, and even the love scenes are read in a toneless rhythmic way that makes them the audio equivalent of eating cardboard. She makes a decent attempt at the Irish accent, or I would have suspected the reader wasn't a real human. Awful.
Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger and is clearly intended as the beginning of a series. But I won't be looking for the next installment. There are spots where the writing is poor, but it felt much worse because of the awful narration. It's a shame because I did find some of the secondary characters engaging.
Yes. It feels nice and different. Not the usual characters drawn up from other stories and used again. It's entertaining, well paced and a great all-round story.
Aislinn is my favourite character. She's complex and guarded, strong but vulnerable (in ways) and likeable enough to be a good main character.
I loved the way that you are thrown into a different and new earth. No messing about with long descriptions of how it got there, just jump in. It's different and this is what it's like. From then on your drawn into this world and a great book.
It's a contemporary fantasy with science fiction elements. I don't know what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it from start to finish.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
"I love this freaking story!!!"
I am sorry but this is a freaking 5 all day long. It is Fantasy meets Dark Erotica meets Science Fiction meets Romance. I am just so glad that I got book 1. Book 2 was given to me in return for my honest opinion but I wanted to read the entire story so I went ahead and bought this one and can't believe I hadn't listened to until now. This is right up my alley. I loved the fact that it has action and story line oh yes and hot sex but really the story line is great!!
A moment no not just one moment but I was definitely touched when her dad was killed in front of her and when her mom was taken. When she goes to get Travis, when the Wolf is hurt and she finds out about her healing powers, come on now just too many moments for me to mention.
Such a great story!!
I found this book to be interesting. It's a mix between fantasy, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic genres. It has a decent story and flows fairly well. There were some slow points that made it difficult for me to get through. It is a unique story and I did enjoy listening to it for the most part. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of fantasy series, especially anyone interested in celtic mythology and dragons.
"Interesting Magic Tale!"
Enjoyed both the story and performance.
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"definitely need to pick up the second book"
So this is a tough one, and while there are no big spoilers….there may be some small ones ahead…..I did not care for this story at all in the beginning, Aislinn was not a kick ass heroine, I found her to be kinda whiny and not very likable….because of how it started out with Aislinn by the time we get close to the 30ish % mark when she started to come into her magic, I had a hard time buying it, she was changing to quickly and it did not really fit with how she (her personality/attitude) was initially presented to the reader/listener. Then she was starting to become likeable and would lapse into the whiney person we met. It was not until about halfway through the story that I actually started liking it.
So from the halfway point the story was more engaging and Aislinn became a much more likeable person for me, and she is starting to become the kick ass person the book blurb describes her as. She is coming into her magic and discovering that she can do more. Fionn, the Celtic God of wisdom, protection and divination hooks up with Aislinn and while they have a rocky start they seem to work it out. I’m not sure how I feel about Fionn while he was likeable there seemed to be something missing from his character….not sure if something was lost in the narration versus reading. As we are introduced to some of the other Celtic Gods that are still around, it me wonder that if the Celtic Gods are still around what about the other pantheons and why not try to get them involved…..I guess I need to keep reading to find out. While I did end up liking this at the end, it did end on a cliff hanger so definitely need to pick up the second book to see what happens next, but the second book will be a “make it or break it” read for me.
The narrator Caroline McLaughlin, is a new to me narrator and while I think she did a good job there were points of the story where the narration seemed off and a bit disjointed….not sure if it was how she was trying to convey the emotion of the situation or not but that aside the characters were easily distinguishable and she did good on the voices.
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"Intense journey by a fierce character"
Enjoyed this book and the believable characters populating it. The journey has quite a few twists and turns and I hope to listen to the rest of the series.
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"OMG What a wild story"
OMG WOW WHAT A WILD STORY
ok not sure I would completely label this romance more on the lines of paranormal wild action with romance lol
on a earth that everything we know has ended or changed and Loved ones are gone. We are under the rule of 2 groups 1. the old ones from another world and they have changed and or have killed most humans the ones still alive have been trained to use the magic they have. 2. The dark lords they mostly just kill ya.
This is the first book in a 3 book set and now I am so hook it is really great story. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book wow. So mind blowing with magic, gods, and dragon
This book was given for an honest review and I can honestly say I love it. You will not be disappointed in it!
"Drive to surpass the dark gods to reclaim"
This would depend on the friend. If they like reading sexually driven books, yes. If you are looking for the Urban Fantasy story, maybe not.
The story is a blend of Celtic fantasy with dystopian feel to the world as alien beings, Gods, took over. Aislinn is one that finds herself more than she ever imagined and with Celtic gods that help pull the humans remaining together to fight for their world. All this, and blend in sex as the undercurrent to everything.
The second half of the book is when things took off for me, for the good. The story deepens as we learn of connections and potential plans of the Lemurians and their connection to the Dark Ones. There is sex but it feels as it fits now.
This is my first time listening to Caroline's narration. At first I thought she was speaking a bit fast, but I think it's the information we get at diving into a new world. I have to pick up what the world is like and the "rules" at which people live by here. Caroline does slight tone differences to easily differentiate those that are speaking. Caroline's voice became Aislinn and Finn for me. She did a few different tone differences for males and females, and also to sound different for Rune the wolf and Bella the Raven. There is personality and attitude when they start to heighten.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
This story has more of a sexual content than I was expecting. Ugh. The whole book is all about sex. And not necessarily good sex to boot. The gods sleep with woman and did experiments on them when first emerged. The dark gods presence are strong in the sexual sensations to all around them when they are near. Aislinn fights with her bodies wants when they are around. Even when come cross the ghost of skeletons of the dead humans, one gropes Aislinn. I didn't think this was needed. Even a line when she sleeps with one man, it's cheesy. A dragon and minotaur? In the midst of finished battle. Yes. Granted the Dark God was stopped for now, but he could return at any time. And all the friends are missing. But the desire of not being laid in hundreds of years had to be sated at this moment.
This isn't a bad thing, but definitely not what I was expecting when going into the book. I feel like the sensual moments the characters spend together are just that. Moments of sex. I didn't feel the build up and connection between them. Just wham bam thank you ma'am. The first few sex scenes felt clunky and not to have a smooth lead in. They feel as though they were put in because sex was needed. Fine, the gods use sex to entice and take peoples lives and there's a lingering need after the spells touch that Aislinn needs to sate. Aislinn and Finn, the connection grows to be more. But with the Dark Ones, there are other ways to convince people to do as they want, other than magic to spike their sexual drive. Well, I guess the Old Ones (the Lemurians) are known to use those other methods. It didn't work for me. Others it may work well for as many people loved the book and story. Check out Goodreads as there are many.
"Interesting Concept, but Not for Me"
Earth’s Requiem seemed the promising listen when I first sampled it and sent my request off. I really wanted another unique fantasy to listen. Unfortunately while the world building is quite interesting and the story held a lot of promise, there were a lot of moments where it seemed to stall out in favor of sex.
Now, you guys know I’m not a prude…I’ve read some weird stuff and I read erotica on occasion, so the fact that there is sex isn’t the issue. When I requested this book no where did I find a tag or hint that this was going to on the same level as erotica, I just wanted a cool urban fantasy to listen to, but about 20% in I was already tired about hearing of ‘crashing orgasms’. The story itself holds a lot of promise, and I really enjoyed that portion of the world building. It’s a world where humans are struggling to survive thanks to the constant clashing of two other races, the Lumarians and the Dark Ones, and Aislinn wants to bring them both down but she’ll have some help from some Irish gods as well. It’s an odd mix, but that part worked really well. Even the magic system is rather cool, with different classes and types of magic ranging from healing to hunter (animal familiar). The moments where Aislinn was handling the problems the Lumarians were really cool, but every other being in this book seems to revolve around sex. The Dark Gods are hyper sexualized beings who need that closeness and heat to sustain themselves, and thus basically mind control humans into having sex until they die (fun, right?). Even the larger creatures like the dragon and Minotaur are sexualized…I set aside days where I read weird monster erotica and on those days I’m using in the mood to laugh my butt off and can handle being grossed out, so imagine my surprise at hearing about a Minotaur’s private bits while eating lunch.
Then there are the characters themselves. Aislinn held promise as a heroine, but she stalls out around the same time the plot started to focus less on the fight to survive and more on the fight to sate lust. She has a temper, is fiercely independent, and sort of just rushes headlong into things. She starts out being okay with magic, but by the middle of the book the Chosen One syndrome kicks in and she’s suddenly pretty good at everything. Finn was pretty interesting to being with as well and serves as a sort of magic mentor for Aislinn, but in between exercising his Alpha gland and his penis I can’t be quite sure how much Aislinn actually learned.
The narration is probably the best thing about this one. McLuaghlin probably won’t hit my top narrator list but she does bring some uniqueness to each character and does some pretty decent accents when needed.
I wanted to like this one, I really did, but I think the fact that I went into this expecting a normal urban fantasy novel and ended up getting a fantasy erotica novel really brought it down.
"Lots of Sex"
Earth has been invaded by competing gods wanting the magic users to increase their numbers. Who is aligned with who? "This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."
"Great Read and Listen"
Yes--as before, Caroline gave a very well done and professional performance in Earth's Requiem. I am happy to have this consistency in her work, and I look forward to listening to another book narrated by Caroline.
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