What is it about this book that caused me to read it in four days, tearing through it like I haven’t read a book in a long time? The mixture of religion and fantasy? The quotes from a bunch of different scripture? The intriguing urban fantasy setting?
Nephilim Awakening: Enkindu is good, there’s that to start with. The author has crafted a book that stands well on its own at the beginning of what may end up being a very promising series, with interesting characters who are drawn well. And although some of Odji’s initial wise words walk the line of cliche, he ends up being interesting in his own light. Kiran is Joss Whedan’s kickass girl, which is cool as well, and while maybe I saw the way things were going, for a while the author had me believing it wasn’t just going to be a Hollywood written romance. Seth is an archetype we’ve seen before, but a well-made character nonetheless. And Brook! Wow!
The plot moved along at a refreshingly swift pace, with some moments of odd (interesting) quasi-religious reflection here and there. A nice plus there, except that the fight scenes were tricky to keep up with. While this is sort of realistic, the advantage of a novel is we get to know who’s shooting at whom, and perhaps how serious the injuries are. There were a couple of ‘huh’ moments, where it wasn’t clear why (i.e. why, exactly, is Kiran the only person in existence who can search out these keys?) but if you keep on, you get sucked back into the action, and eventually the answers make themselves apparent.
There’s also a portion of the book which feels distinctly Indiana Jones. Very cool! But… pretty confusing once again. How does that device work? What exactly is going on?
The tone of the book is matter-of-fact, which is all right, though near the end it has one silly comedy moment, which was quite out of place (the Turkish guard).
Overall it seems like another round of edits would have made this a real standout book, instead of just a good urban fantasy/paranormal (wherever you like to place it on the genre scale). This book is recommended for those of us, like me, who are looking for books in the vein of Jim Butcher while we wait for the next Dresden File to come out.
PS- I really wished the endnotes were hyperlinked.
I received a free copy of Nephilim Awakening: Enkindu in exchange for an honest review.
Brent Meske – AIA Reviewers