Monday, March 23, 2015

ARC Review: Cronin's Key, by N. R. Walker

From the blurb:

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever. Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge. Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball. Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death. Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn't always what it seems.

AnnaLund's rating:





I seriously thought I would never read another vampire book again in my life.

Right?!

And there goes Walker, writing me one that I just fall into and roll around in and fall in love with and just simply adore.

Damn. Double damn.

How is it that vampire lore can actually be explained in a hilarious half page, Q&A setting? That had me giggling like a loon. Joyous, crazy, and totally sweet. And a most excellent way of sending the reader out into the story. Well done.

Then I cracked up (so bad I woke Mr Anna) while reading this line:
“You know, there’s a joke in there somewhere. A Highlander, a Viking, and a Samurai walk into a bar.”

Or, what about this one:
“Okay. So you’re all ancient, and I’m twenty-nine.”“Well, that technically makes you the oldest here.”

I loved the nod in the “They always asked ‘Why?’ and ‘What are you going to do to me?’, then lastly, ‘What the fuck are you?’

Oh dear me, but this was so good. And by all that is holy there is a lot of well-researched facts in here, too. From Egypt and mummies, to Scotland, Japan, and my own old Viking shores. So much research.

I loved that we got a tour inside both heads a bit, for once head-jumping felt good. Informative. Not confusing. (I am easily confused). Two POVs, third person, really well done.

There was serious friendship happening, also between the secondary characters, and I love a group of buddies like these.

Walker, Walker, you do this so well.

What? There is more? A book #2?
Even if this one was so perfectly rounded?
Well, that is excellent!

More Cronin and Alec!! YAY!

***

I was given an ARC copy of this book by the author. A positive review was not promised in exchange.






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