Lea Ryan is an author of romance and paranormal fiction. She lives in Indiana with a husband and an equal ratio of cats to fish to human children. When she isn't writing, she can be found playing video games, drawing, or hiding in a quiet spot, dreaming of things improbable.
on April 30, 2014 :
I'm always happy to find a paranormal suspense novel that doesn't include vampires. No offense to those who love them, but the genre is horribly overdone. With Pestilence Rising, we have an interesting play with dark and light, a kind of yin and yang of abilities. On the surface, these characters are polar opposites. But opposites often complement each other and depend on one another for survival. We find that here in a most intriguing way.
The characters' need to fit in and subsequent draw toward the cult at the heart of this story is identifiable to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. This story has many layers, with inferences about the way we judge and treat those who are different. While the nonstop action leaves us breathless, the pieces below the surface give us much to think about.
The story is fast-paced action, and I think this focus takes away from character development just a bit. I would have liked to know more about Hunter's early view of himself and the world he lives in. I also would have liked a closer look at the interplay between characters as their relationships evolved. These are minor points stemming from my fascination with who these characters are.
Overall, this is an entertaining and thought-provoking read that kept me turning pages long into the night,
(review of free book)