Sunday, November 1, 2015

ARC Review: Cronin’s Key 3, by N. R. Walker

From the blurb:

History isn’t always what it seems… Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence. Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder. This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.




AnnaLund's rating:




I just fell into this one, watching Cronin and Alec fight stuff that seems to be beyond them, at first. Gargoyles! Or, rather, Zoans, who somehow came through a portal the moment Alec was changed.

I was beginning to get impatient, and really wanted to know about Alec’s powers as a key. And in this last installment in the series, finally things are getting explained.

This time, Cronin and Alec are facing time-hopping, space-defying creatures and it goes bat-shit crazy for a while in the middle of the story. In ALL the good ways.

I cannot fathom the amount of research that goes into Walker’s stories. Also, the sheer amount of imagination.



It is simply mind-boggling how everything gets twisted out of shape to be put together oh-so-prettily at the end. Every time, I’m thinking Walker is never going to tie this up in time. And every time, I am wrong. I love it.

There is romance. There is action. There is mostly fade-to-black sex (for which I am eternally grateful). And there is a lot of things happening, rushing, fixing, fighting, talking, shifting, and, at last, dancing.

My kind of book. Yeah, my kind, totally.


***

I was given a free copy of this self-published book from the author. A positive review wasn’t promised in return.





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