Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Merkabah Recruit by L.Z. Marie Review

A fresh kill. An ancient evil. And the only person capable of preventing the next murder is an unwitting and anxiety-prone recruit.

Divorced, depressed, and dissertation-less, Daphne Sites is stunned to learn that a unique empathic ability allows her to identify otherworldly life. So when a secret organization asks for her help, it's difficult to refuse.

Serik Jalani is the man who must convince the reluctant recruit to assume an awesome mantle of responsibility. There's only one way to do this. Reel her in slowly.

Except Daphne suspects Serik is not being entirely truthful. About the organization. About the mission. About his identity.

As Daphne attempts to keep her new life secret from two sassy sisters, one jealous ex-husband, and her Bimbo-Barbie neighbor, she struggles to embrace the mysteries of a cosmic technology and realize her own self-worth.

If Daphne hopes to stop the murderer she must first confront her biggest problem. Herself.

At a time when recent theories like Quantum physics confirms the existence of the fantastical, The Merkabah Recruit flirts with the links between treasured legend and scientific possibility. A story that blurs the shadowy line between myth and fact.

So, I’ve been sitting on this review for a while, because I want to do this book justice, because I loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved the mythic nature of the plot and I loved all the twists and turns. I genuinely found this book hard to put down, reading it whenever and wherever I got the chance.

The story follows Daphne, a lecturer going about her day to day humdrum life, going to work, going home and struggling to write her dissertation. When on the verge of summer break, Serik Jalani reveals the truth about Daphne and her intuition. Leading her to a new exciting yet dangerous life, where the wonders of the world can finally be seen.

Daphne is the Merkabah recruit, and is able to locate creatures from other words, the creatures that inspired the myths and legends of today. And her mission is to track a particulary nasty one that has brutely murdering innocent people and harvesting their organs.

This book is myth and fact heavy. Daphne’s talents are explained in a believable and realist way. The myths too, are explored in great detail. And yet, as a reader I wasn’t bored or tempted to skip pages, because Marie’s attitude to the “supernatural” here was utterly refreshing. Many books that I have read, the existence of supernatural creatures is a given, and the abilities of the humans within the story, a helpful coincidence. But Marie has rooted her story in scientific fact, as well as myths that we would have grown up with since childhood. And I live this. We’re treated as idiots. Daphne is an intelligent character, and so needs a factual explanation, which is passed onto the reader. Yes its complicated, and at times I had to stop and think about the information being presented, but it works really well, as you find yourself questioning little details of your everyday life, because the world that Marie has created is so realistic and believable.

The bond between Daphne and S.J is amazing to read, and artfully written. Yes, the attraction is there. It’s plain to see. But there is more to S.J’s character than meets the eye. And yes, you want these characters to get together, but at the same time, I was against it until I knew his “deal.” The deal in question; was looking back at it, a clear and perfect choice, but at the same time I didn’t see it coming. Which was brilliant. And how Marie leaves things between these too…lets just say I can’t wait for the next book.

And finally the mystery of the killer demon; is perfectly written. I suspected nearly every other character pretty much, as well as some of the major ones. Marie skips between Daphne’s perception and that of the demon, which is an infuriatingly good way to keep the reader guessing. You feel you have a sense for that character, and you do feel a little sorry for it, but at the same time you don’t, Marie has crafted a fine and delicately written line. What is more, when the demon is revealed you have an “Ohhh…of course” moment, when really deep down you know, you suspected a few people above them.

I highly recommend this book, if you like supernatural, if you mystery, if you like romance…this is the book for you. And if you don’t read this, this is sure to change your mind. 

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