Echo Queen (Echo Trilogy, #2) Lindsey Fairleigh
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Genre: paranormal romance.
Well, sometimes you get a book that’s such a great read it’s hard to put down and I knew after reading Echo Prophecy and the novella Resonance that this would be one of those. I sat reading in bed telling myself “just one more chapter”, and then of course I needed to read one more, and one more after that…If you like a story that is full of detail, complex and with amazing realistic characters you’ll love this. Its centred around Lex and Marcus again, but a good portion of the book takes place 4,000 years previously, in old Egypt. That was fascinating and I really enjoyed the way Lindsey wove the past and present together. I was worried that I’d miss Marcus, but his younger self, Heru, was just perfect and it was a treat to meet him in his (relative) youth and see how he’d changed.
Of course its not all sweetness and light, they still face the problem of Apep, who’s now managed to jump into Marcus, putting Lex into danger. Lex also needs to learn how to manage the power Nuin gave her before it kills her, and meeting him in the past allows that though it’s a close call at times. I love his cryptic answers – can see just why Lex found them so frustrating though! I enjoyed meeting more new characters, and keeping up with ones we already know, trying to work out who can be trusted and who may be working against them.
Its a fantastic read, emotive, erotic, and full of detail. I loved the way Lex learned to manipulate content/stuff…not sure what to call it … from the At. Its also very cleverly done how Lindsey manages to work ways round the problems of time, such as the bonding issue and separation dangers, Lex learning to manage time and space to do what she needs and how to let her future and past selves know what to do. Clever stuff, and everything fits well within the framework of skills we’ve learned about. I HATE when the hero/heroine gets some new, untold, unheard of superpower just at the right time. There were times that Lex only managed to connect properly with her powers at the crucial moment, where stress forced the issue and brought forward her motivation and control, but she and the others did nothing that the foundations for the reader hadn’t already been laid.
Once again an amazing read, riveting story, fabulous descriptions, mysteries and secrets to solve, and all rounded up with lots of sensuality between Lex and Marcus/Heru.
Stars: Five – its one of those series that I know I’ll re read back to back once all parts are out. I can look back already and see where i missed some of the clues, where things were suggested but I haven’t picked up on, and I’d like to look again at some of the characters in the early stages of meeting them, knowing how they turn out later. I read a lot – 15+ books a week – so it’s sometimes difficult to recall exactly who people are and how they fit in the story, when I’ve read several hundred in the mean time. Its why a good back to back read works so well for me, where I can immerse myself fully, lose myself in the magic of the story and really enjoy the novels properly.
ARC supplied by author