Reviewed by Lotte:
I’ve just re-read this book in readiness to hit book 2 and 3 in the Orion’s Order novels, and I can confidently say that second time around it was definitely just as good!
As I said in my previous short review, going into it I wasn’t sure it was for me and with it being a fairly lengthy read, I was dubious. But oh my word, it was sooo worth it, for many different reasons. For a start there was so much to the plot: lots of different characters, many paranormal elements, storylines that led to more action, and obviously as a PNR (Paranormal Romance) there was plenty of steamy scenes. I really liked that there was so much to enjoy in it. This one book almost felt like a series of tv episodes, there was so much happening. I particularly liked that a lot of the world building was done by bouncing around these various elements of the plot so rather than being boring, there was usually something happening that kept my attention, even if it did mean a little bit of repetition.
The characters themselves were all intriguing in their own ways. It was a little difficult to keep track of everyone at the beginning, not just names but their species and abilities too. I actually nearly confused Nick with Nico at the start! But they naturally got clearer the more I read, in that same way that world building happening, these characters were brought to life as we progressed through the plot. I loved that the Order was made up of different species too, it just made it all more interesting. It’s unusual for me to like all the characters but I honestly did (with the exception of The Ghost obviously!). I want to know more about them too! Our two main characters were enthralling. Watching Cali find out about herself, develop into the person she’s meant to be whilst also falling for Blake kept me hooked. There was a point where I was wondering if she was just going to be a soppy female under the spell of her Alpha. But actually, Cali is badass! She’s the female alpha to his male alpha, she’s not afraid to stand up to him and when it comes to handling the problems they face, she holds her own. And Blake doesn’t fit the stereotypical mould either, watch out for a subtle, thoughtful and respectful side too.
The paranormal parts had pretty much everything you’d want – shifters, wolves, vampires, aristocratic tech nerd, dream travellers, healers, a ghost and more. It’s chock full of abilities and alternative world fun. And as for the romance – well, Solaris knows how to write a steamy sex scene that’s for sure! Be prepared for details – lots of details – involving the paranormal elements too.
This novel is told through the POV of all characters which can get a little confusing as the switch can happen quickly. But once you get the hang of who’s who it’s easy to identify the changes. At that point it just brings the story to full fruition, hearing from many perspectives in the situation. I actually part listened to the Audio of this book (switching between reading and listening), narrated by Jarman Day. He really brings this book to life and helps with character identification – how he keeps all the characters so distinct is incredible! He’s probably one of the best narrators I’ve listened to this year!
Overall I found this novel completely addictive and I’m super excited to be able to start reading Rhyker’s Key straight away. I’ve also joined M.C. Solaris’s ARC team so check back for a review of the third book Deacon’s Star coming soon. Brilliant read, fab author, so happy I stumbled across it!
Thank you to the author and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.