Song of the Blood End Times Maria Isabel Pita Contemporary Paranormal Romance Independently Published March 25, 2020 416
Sophia is coasting through life. Sick to death of dead-end love affairs, she's living in her best-selling historian father's mansion, content with her books and her dreams until three things happen at once. A secret note arrives from her mother, who disappeared twenty years ago. A nearby castle is bought by a millionaire. And the old house on the estate adjoining hers is opened up again when the deceased owner's son retires from the military.
Attracted both to her Veteran neighbor and the castle's mysterious young owner, Sophia begins discovering that reality is much stranger than she realized. With evidence of the supernatural seductively surrounding her, she learns that love and desire are powerful, even Divine forces that can't just be played with, unless she wants to risk paying the ultimate price.
Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This is a complex and ambitious start to a series. Along with a romance, Pita weaves in a lot of different threads including religion, philosophy, and science. The dreams are almost a character in themselves.
There seemed to be some missed opportunities for the characters to more deeply develop in discussions about these topics. While Sophia, our main character, is both well developed and easy to like, there is less connection with her love interest, Jonathan. He seemed very standoffish until the last few pages.
My favorite character was Consuelo. The spirit and care that Consuelo embodies is truly endearing. I realize this is a first book, but there were a lot of things that were not fleshed out in the narrative that could have drawn the reader in more.
The teaser chapter for book two did more to raise interest in future books than the ending did for me.