Book Review – Reborn by Richard Amos


Fallen Fire #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 227
Characters: Zayn/Charlie
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Solitude and shiny things.

That’s all I care about.

I’m a fixer of magical objects, and collector of golden bears. I like my own company, finding solace in my own little world.

But a life-changing encounter with a male stripper and a swimming pool puts an end to all that.

I find myself with an ability I shouldn’t have—the ability to transform into a creature of wings and scales. This isn’t me. I’m a Humanblood, not this thing that shouldn’t exist.

No clues, no answers—I’m left completely in the dark.

Enter Charlie, a Felineblood and wannabe detective with a sharp tongue and an addiction to catnip cigarettes. As annoying as he is, he may have the skills to help figure out the insane puzzle that has been dumped in my lap.

Goodbye to peace.

Reborn is an Urban Fantasy tale packed with action, adventure, and a slow-burn MM Romance. Step into a world of angels, dragons, and a whole host of creatures (like Charlie!), where danger and mystery await.

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Review

I’m already a huge fan of this author, and I love the set up for Fallen Fire. The characters are interesting and quirky, with a fun inner monologue, and the world building left me intrigued and wanting more.

Zayn’s narrative drew me in immediately especially with the background story about his family, and his obsession for golden bears. I loved Charlie as soon as he entered the story, so was delighted when his was the second POV, and he took on a much larger role than I expected. His smoking catnip cigarettes is a very clever touch and makes a lot of sense. I’m enjoying the slow burn between the two, especially as the attraction is obvious and they’re both going nope, not happening. Famous last words as the series progresses I’m sure.

I liked that Charlie struggles with having shot someone, and doesn’t just move on from it, even though it was in self defence. I also liked that Zayn has to learn to use his abilities, and his backtracking when he figures out what the cost of becoming fully who he’s been told he’s meant to be.

The world building is fabulous. This is a world that is ours, yet isn’t, which is this author writes very well. I found myself looking for clues as to whether it was an alternate reality, or set in the future or a mix of both. I like the setting too, and how different this world is, with some of its inventions. I hope some of its history is touched on in later books.

I love the idea of different humanoid species, and how magic functions in this world. The mystery element of the story is nicely woven into the plot, and kept me turning pages trying to figure out what was going on. I don’t trust those angels in the slightest and am sure there’s another side to their version of what happened which might be closer to the truth. There are twists and turns at every step, and I’m already hanging out for the next book in the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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