Book Review – Past Life Strife

Blackbird may seem like any other small Midwestern town, but the bland and unremarkable façade hides a dark and deadly secret. The Discordant, creatures from the realm of Chaos, lurk in the shadows, preying upon the souls of Blackbird’s unsuspecting residents. As an Observer, Seth is tasked with identifying the lost before they fall victim to the Discordant. An unenviable job under normal circumstances, but the situation takes a turn for the worse when Blackbird’s Guardian calls it quits and no new Guardian is available to take her place. Instead, Seth now finds himself partnered with Desmond, a powerful and intimidating Warrior, who worries that Seth will give in to the lure of Chaos. Desmond’s fears are all but validated when a magical disturbance draws even more Discordant to the area. Among them is Amara, a dangerous and nearly invincible femme fatale from Seth’s past. To stop her, Seth must sacrifice his own soul or put all of his faith in a psychic’s vague prediction. But without a Guardian, both the Observer and Warrior are at a disadvantage and time is running out.

Christina draws you in from the first sentence and doesn’t let you go until the last.  And, truth be told, I’m not sure she’s actually let me go yet.  Her witty repartee dialogue between the characters, the unique view from each of the main characters, and the flare she has in telling her tale has definitely left me curious about what happens next.

At first, even with the unexpected acceleration into the story, it appears to be a simple, light read.  Simple it is not.  The plot twists, turns, and at times doubles back on itself.  Told from three different viewpoints, each with an individual flavor the texture of this tale has a complexity that makes me wonder if there is more hiding under the surface.  More to the story that will only be discovered through subsequent reads.

Even in a modern setting, there is a little touch of the futuristic to this one, yet it is so skillfully woven in that defining why is impossible.  The word smithing takes you on a breathtaking ride through pages packed with action.  There are a few pauses along the way, which let you catch your breath and regroup before rejoining the fray as the battle over control of Blackbird rages on.

Overall, I definitely give this one a full 5 out of 5 stars.  Now comes the hard part… waiting on the next book to come out.



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