About the Book
Cato is the only true half-human, half-ghost hybrid in existence. He’s powerful and unique with two divine powers instead of one.
The United States government believes he is the key to developing a devastating weapon that will give humankind an advantage when war inevitably erupts between the Human Realm and Avilésor, the Ghost Realm.
After being an unwilling test subject in Project Alpha for two years, Cato and the rest of his “lab-family” survive a transport accident to find themselves stranded and powerless in the middle of the wilderness. Hunted every step of the way by ghostly Shadow Guards with supernatural abilities and human Agents desperate to recapture their prisoners, the eight young fugitives are drawn to Cato’s hometown where the Rip between Realms connects the worlds.
Cato wants nothing to do with his past, but as his enemies close in, he realizes he’s willing to do anything to protect his lab-family . . .
. . . even kidnap the daughter of a ghost hunter and make a dangerous deal to become a mercenary.
This book definitely exceeded all of my expectations, and let’s just say they were quite high after seeing all of the positive reviews about it! I’ve been trying to diversify my reading lately by expanding my genres, and I was really excited that this one seemed a blend of sci-fi and fantasy, which is usually the way to get me most excited for sci-fi (and are usually the ones I love). It was also just so well written that I felt fully immersed in the world.
So, I love books that have ghosts in them. It’s just one of those things that is an instant deal maker for me. And I loved how the ghosts were interwoven into this story and world. Oh, and there’s a ghost realm and I think all books need a ghost realm. So, as you can see there’s a lot of really interesting things in this book to keep the story interesting and amazing as it was.
The only downside to this book is having to wait for the second one. I mean, seriously, you need to check it out and devour it like I did. I mean, it’s not only got such an interesting concept, amazing characters, and great storyline but there’s also my favorite thing ever: world building. So, because of this everything makes sense and that’s what helps draw the story all together.
About the Author
Sara A. Noë is an author, artist, and award-winning photographer. She has had poetry, short fiction, and memoir works featured in various anthologies and journals since 2006. Her photograph “Aftermath” was published on the cover of Voices Literary Journal in 2018, and “Spiraling” was awarded Best Still Life in a 2019 juried gallery exhibit.
A Fallen Hero, the first novel in the Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms series, was published in 2018 and has been critically acclaimed by NAM Editorial, The Prairies Book Review, Literary Titan, and Chronicle Focus Editorial, among others. The novel also made book reviewer Lauren Gantt’s list of Top 10 Favorite Books of 2019. As an artist, Sara creates her own covers and graphics. The series sequel, Phantom’s Mask, is scheduled to be released in July 2020.
Sara lives in a little cottage with her calico cat, Calypso, who has a fondness for chewing pens and being as loud and sassy as possible.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*