Friday, October 27, 2017

Book Review: 'The Seer's Daughter' by Athena Daniels

Australian author Athena Daniels has special interests and talents in metaphysics and natural therapies and is a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, life coach, and feng shui specialist. The very beautiful Athena extends her thinking into explorations of what more there is to life as we understand it, and all of this adds interest to her literary talent for writing romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Athena’s books include DESPERATE, THE ALCHMIST’S SON, and this book – THE SEER’S DAUGHTER which is actually Book 1 in her ‘Beyond the Grave series and was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews and was featured in AusRom Today’s “Lust-Have Sci-Fi, Paranormal, and Fantasy Novelists.”

To create a romance integrating paranormal qualities can be a challenge, but it is a challenge Athena seems to come by naturally. She offers a sense of understanding the paranormal subject matter – more that just a rich imagination – and that may be related to her other life interests that infuse her writing. She molds her characters well, allows the reality of those who have no appreciation or belief in the ‘beyond the grave’ world to grow and interact with those who do believe and in mastering this conundrum she manages to instill her mystery with palpable (at times erotic) physical interactions.

Her synopsis explains the outline of the story well: ‘Upon returning to her hometown for her grandmother’s funeral, Sage Matthews is terrorized by a series of strange events that unfold in her childhood home. Sage dismisses each eerie occurrence as a by-product of her overwrought emotional state, until it becomes chillingly clear that something not of this world is desperate to get a message—or is it a warning? — through to her… Detective Sergeant Ethan Blade comes to Cryton, South Australia, to catch a serial killer; three unsolved murders are tarnishing his stellar career. When Ethan meets Sage—the latest victim’s beautiful granddaughter—his attraction to her is explosive and inconvenient. He knows she’s not crazy, but Sage’s theory about the threat looming in town is unbelievable. With the handsome detective rejecting her ideas, Sage embarks on the supernatural journey that her grandmother started. What she discovers shatters everything Sage ever knew about herself—and who she really is. Ethan’s routine case quickly turns personal when he discovers Sage is the killer’s next target. For her, he’ll break all the rules and cross every line. But how can he protect Sage from an evil he cannot even conceive of?’

Yes, part of the beauty of this book is the setting in Australia – a place that those of us who have not visited long to see! This is a beautifully molded novel, one that challenges credibility until we release disbelief and simply enjoy the story. Grady Harp, August 16

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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