REVIEW: Echo Prophecy, by Lindsey Fairleigh

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Blurb: The first book in the steamy new Paranormal Romance/Historical Mystery trilogy.

Discover what’s hidden–a powerful, mythic race, an ancient Egyptian prophecy, and a love strong enough to shatter the boundaries of time.

Alexandra Larson isn’t human…but she doesn’t know that. As far as Lex is concerned, she’s simply an ambitious and independent archaeology grad student with a knack for deciphering ancient languages, especially the various forms of Egyptian. When she’s recruited to work on her dream excavation, her translating skills uncover the secret entrance to an underground Egyptian temple concealed within Djeser-Djeseru–the famous mortuary temple of Queen Hatchepsut. Lex is beyond thrilled by her discovery…as is the enigmatic and alluring excavation director, Marcus Bahur.

As the relationship between Lex and Marcus heats up, a series of shocking revelations leave the young archaeologist reeling. Once Lex discovers the truth of her ancient Egyptian roots–the truth of her more-than-human nature–the people she trusts most make one final, terrifying revelation: Lex is the central figure of a four-thousand-year-old prophecy. She is the only thing standing between the power to alter the very fabric of time and an evil megalomaniac…who also happens to be her father. As events set in motion over four millennia ago lead Lex and Marcus from Seattle to the heart of Egypt, the fate of mankind depends on one thing: the strength of Lex’s love.

My Review:

So, I have to say that this book was right up my alley, with the history, science, and the ancient Egyptian-y storyline.  The paranormal aspect was just the icing on the cake that really made it interesting.  When I started reading this book, the first maybe, three or four chapters or so, were somewhat slow getting started, but I always like to give the author the benefit of the doubt during the beginning chapters.  Just because the first couple chapters are slower (and they can be when introducing the setting, characters, storyline, etc) doesn’t mean that an awesome story isn’t in the works.  It usually pays off to push through those initial chapters, and in Echo Prohecy, that was definitely the case!  I have to say, I was really impressed with Miss Fairleigh’s writing style-she was able to tie in a lush setting, engaging, three-dimensional characters, as well as adding a thread of ancient Egyptian mythology to the mix.  The pace of the story, for me, was very engaging the more I read into the book.  I could hardly put it down, and I just had to read it through until the very last page! 

Now, I will say to those who are wondering, there are maybe, two scenes, which are for more mature readers.  Those scenes are not really what I would call explicit, but they are definitely not for younger readers.  I started this book thinking it was mostly a historical mystery/adventure, but there is a definite romantic element tied throughout the storyline, which I have to say, just enhanced the overall story.  And, it is not just a superfluous addition to draw the reader in (even though it kind of does), it is fairly central to the overall storyline.

I fell in love with this story and its characters.  I am very excited for the next installment in the trilogy, coming in 2014.  This is a very promising new series, full of twists and intrigue that any fantasy fans would love!  Great work, Miss Fairleigh!

I give this book 4/5 stars!