#BookReview – The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland @matadorbooks @annecater #RandomThingsTours
The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland
Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd on 28th August 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
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Akasha is a precocious young girl with dreams of motherhood. She lives in a fantastical world where most of the oceans circulate in the aquamarine sky waters.
Before she was born, the Helios, a tribe of angels from the sun, came to Earth to deliver the Surge, the next step in the evolution of an embryonic human race. Instead they spawned a race of hybrids and infected humanity with a hybrid seed.
Horque manifests on Earth with another tribe of angels, the Solarii, to rescue the genetic mix-up and release the Surge.
Akasha embarks on a journey from maiden to mother and from apprentice to priestess then has a premonition that a great flood is imminent. All three races – humans, hybrids and Solarii – face extinction.
With their world in crisis, Akasha and Horque meet, and a sublime love flashes between them. Is this a cause of hope for humanity and the Solarii? Or will the hybrids destroy them both? Will anyone survive the killing waters of the coming apocalypse?
This is not the sort of book I would normally read…which is exactly why I went for it. I wanted to get out my comfort zone, and once I had peace and quiet in the house and could concentrate I am glad that I did. I am intrigued by
Well I was not disappointed, like I said I had to concentrate but once I got in the flow, I wanted to learn all I could about the divide between the hybrids, Solarii and humans and to learn more the astral plane that was being discussed
I absolutely loved that the chapter titles were all included in the body of the chapter, I kept looking out for it when reading and the chapters were all short and snappy so it was easy to speed through this book.
The vivid imagery used by the author, had me picturing the events perfectly. The dust storms in the beginning I felt I could actually be there experiencing it, trying to keep the dust off me!
With the multiple points of views in the different chapters gave the reading of this mythology a whole new reading experience, one I thoroughly enjoyed. I am sure that some historians would pick holes in the story, and I do not know how much of this is factual (ignoring some of the glaringly obvious bits) but I read this at face value and ignored the legends (and google!).
I am struggling to articulate my review for this, how to review something that is part sci-fi, part historical and part fantasy beats me! *Lots of head scratching. I do know that I did really enjoy this book, and would recommend this to anyone who wants to dip out (or in) their comfort zone.
If you want to know if anyone survived the
*Thank you so much to Anne Cater at Random Things, Matador Books and the author Justin Newland for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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About Justin Newland
JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent.
He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.
For further author info, see http://www.justinnewland.com/.
Short stories in anthologies include: The Fool of Abbot's Leigh in Hidden Bristol and Fisher of Men in North by Southwest.
Another short story, Vallum Hadriani, is included in The Dark Half of the Year.
His first novel, The Genes of Isis, is published by Matador. For more info, see http://www.thegenesofisis.com/.
His second novel, The Old Dragon's Head, a historical fantasy set in Old China. is to be published by Matador in November 2018. His work in progress is a historical novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 1760's. All his novels deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human's place in the universe.
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