Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
The world building and the focus on ancient biblical texts were the strengths of this first book in a new series by R.R. Pearl. Pearl has created a world where the stories of the bible are coming back to life-if indeed they ever left- in our modern day. The Praesidium and the New Watchers are organizations with vested interests in keeping the work Alec, Rafe, and Clemy are doing on their archeological dig in Egypt.
The adventure aspect of this story is well paced- even if there are a lot of characters and things going on to keep up with. The character of Alec was a bit confusing to me, as at times he reads as the expert archeologist he is, and at others more like a bumbling teenager. While the book follows Alec’s point of view and so we know more about him, there seemed to be a lack of information about his romantic interest and bodyguard, Rafe. Hopefully more will come in future installments of the series. Overall, the romance seems a bit rushed for me.
I really loved Clemy. She was funny when the story needed it and an anchor for Alec.
As a first book, a lot of plot lines were trying to get established and most of these were successful. Overall it is a good story and I will be looking forward to seeing how it develops in book two.