Yet when Surina Malik, a woman masquerading as his new lawyer approaches him, she reveals that what he believes to be hallucinations are actually the remnants of the old world long forgotten.
As Surina frees Quinn from the confines of his asylum, she pulls him further into a world fractured and foreign yet still somewhat familiar. It is a world of mortal Gods and Goddesses, living, ruling and dying only to be born again.
Quinn is quickly inducted into this world of multiple Realms, reality altering artifacts, fantastical beasts and ancient orders; only to find himself at the heart of a dangerous investigation into the thefts of three ancient artifacts known as the Eyes of the Eternal. Partnering with the mysterious Surina and the handsome God of Death Jared, Quinn rushes to not only retrieve the artifacts and prevent a bloody war, but to find the missing answers to the secrets behind his own past.
- Read all at once (riveted)
- This is a lengthy story
- Quinn loves reading so much that he completely zones out and neglects everything because he can't stop*
- The world-building and explanation of the realms is very well-done; thorough without being boring
- Their gods are mortal, so they're reincarnated forever because it gives them motivation to make more human-centered choices
- In case you ever find yourself in the Underworld...well, they have cell service so you'll be fine :)
- The character diversity is very much appreciated
- They can switch realms at will in their cars, which means they can ghost right through traffic gridlocks; can we have this technology, please?!
- I enjoyed reading the threads of fate scene and seeing the ways people's lives intertwined
- The climax was certainly a page-turner...geez...
- Neck deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few typos
- …but it's 93% into the book
- It's been a couple of years, so I'm not sure if the author plans to continue this series; I hope so!
- Moderately emotional
- Non-con (minor, multiple, past)
- Character death (minor, two, past/present)
^The cover seems custom-made for this book; could have used a better layout, but I love the artwork
^^There wasn’t really any romance in this story, either…but I find myself not caring all that much in this case. Quinn is gay, so maybe there’s supposed to be a love interest in later installments?
*That’s truly an addiction, plus he remembers everything he reads because he’s practically absorbing it, which makes internet searches impossibly overwhelming
Jared’s known Quinn for a REALLY long time, and over the course of the story Quinn discovers this. Jared gives Quinn the toy duck he lost when he was a toddler, which shows that Jared is far older than Quinn. They’re referred to as “the older man” and “the teen” respectively throughout the book, but I’m going to keep this as a YA book since Quinn is the main protagonist.
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