Book Review – Requiem by Richard Amos

Fallen Fire #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 228
Characters: Zayn/Charlie
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
The truth isn’t always beautiful…

They say knowledge is power, but do I want it? For a deadly creature like me, power comes with a high price tag. Still, it would be nice to fit all the confusing pieces together to fully understand myself.

I’m stuck at a crossroads. Any direction isn’t my kind of ideal, yet I’ll need to pick one soon before a choice is made for me.

It’s not just my life that’s been turned upside down…

Charlie, my Felineblood friend and aspiring private detective, is tangled up in my mess, the wrong kind of attention pointing his way too. But what is actually going on?

With various players looming over the chessboard we find ourselves on, we have to be strong enough to survive the game.

Maybe then I can claw back some sense of normality.

Requiem is the second book in the Fallen Fire series. Get ready for an Urban Fantasy tale packed with action, adventure, and a slow-burn MM Romance. A world of angels and dragons awaits, along with some very special golden bears to make any fire-breathing beast weak at the knees.

This book is not a standalone.

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Review

I love this series, and need book 3 now, especially given the way this one ended. I love Zayn and Charlie and how the fake boyfriend trope is worked into this urban fantasy. They’re not fooling anyone, let alone each other. The world building is fabulous, and at the standard I expect from this author.

Zayn and Charlie are both interesting characters, and I love how their mutual attraction is amping up, yet they’re not determined not to make a move. They’re barely getting enough time to catch a breath with everything coming to a head and some of the answers they’re seeking not being at all what they want to hear. I love how Zayn is getting slightly more control over his other side, and more powerful, but at the same time I’m worried that’s not a good sign. The revelation about the identity of the other man in his dreams is heartbreaking. And poor Charlie. His family sucks on all sides. I really felt for him in this story.

I like how the author uses alternating first person perspective to get inside both Zayn and Charlie’s thought processes. At times the narrative reads almost like a stream of consciousness which makes them feel very real.

The supporting cast rocks. I love Martha, and I’m trying to work out Scott’s real role in all of this. Lucifer lives up to his name, as does Lilith. I’m also enjoying learning more about Uriel, and I need to know how that side of the story is going to pan out. Zayn won’t be the same after this, but the question is, can he retain enough of who he is? I’m watching those golden bears too, as I’m not convinced they’re merely part of a dragon hoard.

The plot is action-packed so a fast read. I was on the edge of my seat a few times, and found myself asking questions, and trying to figure out what was really going on as there are several manipulative characters and it’s difficult to know which of the bad guys is playing who and why.

As an aside, someone hiding in New Zealand made me half roll my eyes/half chuckle as we are very far away from everywhere else in the world.

Definitely needing book 3 NOW.

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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