Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review for "Immortal Descent" by Carolyn M. Walker

Immortal Descent

by Carolyn M. Walker

Deep in the caves of rural Western Germany, the truth about immortality has remained a secret for centuries, but now that secret is about to break free...

Ethan West knows what it means to be different. With a haunted past and a strange sixth sense he sometimes can’t control, Ethan’s in search of a better future. Instead, he’s brutally attacked. Narrowly saved by the beautiful and mysterious Rue, Ethan quickly learns the world is darker and more bizarre than he had ever imagined. And sparing his life comes with a price: being reborn immortal. Now, a dark faction of ancient, cursed immortal beings known as Lorns are after him. And they want his rare, newly awakened soul.

Descended from the mythological Nephilim, Lorns are bound by either the divine force of order or the mortal force of chaos. Ethan is a rarity, bound by neither, yet he is ruled by both. Now, wielding an ancient and volatile power, Rue and her Alliance work to keep Ethan from spiraling out of control. At the heart of a terrifying underground war between Lorns, Ethan becomes the target of one side and a savior to the other. Amid everything, Ethan struggles to understand his own purpose and power—an ordeal that tests his loyalties, beliefs, and sanity in ways unimaginable. And the greatest danger is yet to come.

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Book Excerpt

The memory tore through him and had him shuddering on the couch. Ethan didn’t realize he was screaming until he felt Rue shaking him. His eyes flew open and he stared up at her face and into those bright silver eyes. For the briefest instant, all his fear melted away when he looked up at her. He remembered the shadowed eyes of the woman from the alleyway. These eyes were so different. Never had he seen eyes as hers before, so intense—so bright, so capturing. He held her gaze, almost afraid to look away. If he looked away, what would he see?

“Ethan, are you alright?” Rue asked in a quieter voice. It was soothing, so calming he couldn’t believe he hadn’t noticed it before. “Can you speak?” she asked. He shook his head and he felt the anxiety wheedle its way back into his mind. The attack.

How could he have forgotten all of that?

“The woman—no, that thing…she tried to kill me,” he whispered at last. He felt his heart continuing to speed up.

“It’s just the memory now,” Rue assured. “It’s not happening to you anymore.”

Despite her words, Ethan glanced around the room, still paranoid. He tried to quiet the quickened breaths, afraid the memory might become real again if he made a sound any louder than a sigh.

“Just a memory,” he repeated and took a deep breath. Rue nodded and placed a hand on his shoulder. He reached up and took hers in his, squeezing it. “So that’s what happened to me—what I couldn’t remember.”

As much as he wanted to deny it, he couldn’t refute what he’d just seen. He couldn’t explain it; he couldn’t justify it. All he could think of in that moment was it was all real. What he’d just seen in those memories had been real.

“The woman—what was she?” Ethan asked, still speaking just above a whisper.

“It was a Lorn.”

My Review

4 of 5 Stars

An unexplained encounter with a dangerous woman turns Ethan West's world upside down. Soon he is swept up into an action-packed underworld beyond human imagining. Lorns are the descendants of Biblical Nephilim and the source behind many an immortal legend. It all seems too bizarre to believe, except for the fact Ethan might be one of them, with a terrible destiny wrapped in the fate of all immortals. 

While I enjoyed the pacing and sheer creativity of these beings and their world, I had a hard time diving in at first. There are many players in this epic tale, with many fully-fledge back stories. Everything happened to Ethan so quickly without the reader getting a full grasp of his character, then followed by many conversations explaining the rules of the game. However, I was hooked somewhere in the middle, once I had time to absorb the sheer brilliance of what Carolyn M. Walker has done.

This is clearly an origins story novel, setting the scene for many future installments. As each layer is unveiled and Ethan is drawn deeper into the secrets and wars within Lorn society, the book truly shines. Now I'm dying to learn what happens to Ethan, Rue and company in the sequel. An visionary re-imagining of Biblical proportions.

About the Author

Carolyn M. Walker is a California native and lover of all things literary. As an avid reader, she always enjoying new and exciting reads. Now as an avid storyteller, it is her mission to bring that same joy to her beloved readers. After earning her Bachelors in English Literature and Psychology, Carolyn went on to pen the draft for her first fiction novel and hasn’t looked back since. Aside from writing, she is also passionate about art, food, travel, history, and music. Carolyn has a soft spot for holiday cooking and loves experimenting with new recipes and treats. She also loves the beach, snorkeling and diving. Carolyn now lives in sunny Florida with her husband and daughter.

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  1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your lovely spotlight, excerpt post, and review of my novel! I really appreciate you taking the time to do this and it is so wonderful to meet another amazing author! I see you have some works of your own, which look interesting! I shall check those out! <3 Thank you for making my release day extra special! :) Readers, please be sure to check Immortal Descent out!

    Write Wise, Carolyn

    1. Hey Carolyn! You're welcome :D I'm so glad you shared your world with us. It was pure brilliance. Yes! Love meeting fellow authors and will definitely be watching for your future installments. Yay! Hope you find something you like from my backlist. Lol, I'm pretty eclectic and write cross-genre, though I try to focus on fantasy these days. Would love to chat more books & writing life with you!

    2. Jennifer,
      I love it, love it, love it! I like that you are not like any other. Cross-genre is so very interesting! I certainly would love to chat more about books and writing life indeed! I'll definitely be connecting with on Goodreads, Twitter, and wherever else in social-land! So great to make a new author friend! <3

    3. Aw thanks! I started out self-publishing in 2012 and it's been a huge learning curve through the years. I didn't have a basic clue what I was doing, but luckily I fell into friendships with some fantastic editors, authors and cover designers early-on. So cool that you had so much experience already before publishing your first novel. Can't wait to see your writing journey grow! For sure, I'll connect elsewhere online. See you on the web :D

  2. Great Book Excerpt, leaves you wanting to read, thanks.

  3. Hi Shirley! Thanks for your feedback on the excerpt! I'm so glad to hear that it leaves you wanting to read more! That is exactly what I want for my readers--to keep them interested and wanting to enjoy more of the story. I hope that you check out Immortal Descent and love it! Thanks again for taking the time to read about work. :)
    Write Wise, Carolyn

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Mary :D Hope you try out the book!

  5. Thank you for introducing me to this book, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

    1. Hope you get a chance to read it too, Nikolina! It was a fun adventure from start to finish :)