The Fireborn Chronicles: Resonances by Mary Andrews
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (251 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen
PSIONIC SCI-FI: MAN, MACHINE and THE PARANORMAL THEY’RE BACK
Once again the Dark Ops crew of the Nemesis is called into action. But this time it’s personal. When a former team member is kidnapped on a Hive drug mining planet both the Universal Government and the new Corporate Overlord have to respond. For the first time the Nemesis team and the Corporate Archangels join forces against a psychic vampire, his strange twin brother, and the Oracle menace threatening their universe. But is anything truly what it seems?
The Dark Ops crew is sent out to rescue a former team member who has been kidnapped by a psychic vampire capable of draining the life force out of any humans who get near him. The vampire’s twin brother has the ability to calm people and make them like him, so together the twin brothers pose quite a threat to the rest of the world. In addition, the Oracle, which set Rael up as the new Corporate Overlord, is posing its own threats in a world where men, machines, and the paranormal interact.
Resonances is the second book in The Fireborn Chronicles, and it can be read alone. However, I was very glad that I’d already read the first book (Fireborn Found) so that I knew the members of the Dark Ops crew. This knowledge made my reading a much deeper and more satisfying experience. That being said, Resonances works fine as a stand-alone and the story is exciting, fast-paced, with many twists and turns in the plot so that the reader is engaged quickly, as the roller-coaster ride of thrills takes off.
I was particularly impressed with Mary Andrews’ sensitive handling of the difficulties encountered by the telepaths in every day life. Imagine what it would be like to be bombarded all the time with people’s emotions. Handling that kind of onslaught without being damaged requires a great deal of skill. The Archangels who serve and protect Rael have their own unique learning curve. They have been used to handling the previous Overlord so that his every need was instantly met, his emotions were handled, and everything ran smoothly. But Rael refuses to give up his humanity. He doesn’t want his needs anticipated and he doesn’t want to lose his own feelings. The Archangels must learn a new way of working, and when Rael insists that they have a right to have their own needs met as well, the Archangels become disturbed and confused, proving that change is never easy for anyone.
This is an exciting and thought-provoking fantasy novel, and I am sure that any readers of fantasy will find it fascinating and enthralling. This novel portrays an alternate reality that is complex and fully realized, and I truly enjoyed the time I spent in it.