It’s almost Hallowe’en, which is my favourite holiday of the year, so what better time to start up a new blog and what better topic than to review a sci fi thriller/paranormal book? I was given an ARC for review purposes, but the book will be available for purchase on October 31, 2017. Faith of Beasts (City of Angels #1), by E.M. Nally is our subject today. This is actually Lila Dubois, whose work I already enjoy, writing under a new name for a new genre.
I have to say that this book reads more like a prequel than a true “first book” in a series. The book ends with the characters in what is obviously going to be just a brief moment of peace, leaving most of the story arcs and plot lines still very much in question. I wouldn’t describe it as a stand-alone book at all, but that’s ok. The basic premise of modifying humans to be smarter, stronger, more talented or somehow otherwise different will be familiar to any reader vaguely interested in sci fi, but the author’s development of that idea is unique enough to still be engaging. I very much look forward to seeing how she moves forward with this in the series – will there be an attempt at a halfway believable scientific explanation or will it be what I think of as “magical science”? I don’t assign any value judgement either way, I’m just curious.
The action takes place in what seems to be the present world, with some allowance for a level of science that may or may not be completely achievable in the current state of affairs. The characters are well developed, with language and themes that make me suspect that the author has some background in psychology or social work. Although several of the main characters come from somewhat similar backgrounds, it is obvious that they are going to respond very differently to the situation they find themselves in, which makes for a more engaging and more believable story.
In my not very well-defined system, I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads and I do recommend. I think I will have to come up with a slightly more rigorous rating system, if I’m going to continue with these reviews, but for the time being, you get my slap-dash, gut-feeling rating.