Echo Prophecy by Lindsey Fairleigh – review

By on August 22, 2013

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Summary: Alexandra (Lex) was a graduate student studying anthropology in Washington State. Her dissertation proposal had been approved and she was getting ready to spend the holidays with her family when the dreams started. Impossible dreams of things she had never seen and never experienced, yet she was certain they were true. After an intimate revelation makes Lex question everything she thought she knew of her family, she discovers her prophetic dreams are the legacy of an ancient heritage and that she herself is a central figure in a secret prophecy. As Lex learns more about the power inherent in her blood, she is also tasked with confronting a mad-man determined to control her future, and the future of everyone on Earth.

Review: The writing style was simple and clear and easy to read. Egyptian lore was clearly described and did not overwhelm the book with ponderous history. Instead, it helped shape the setting and lend detail. There was a clear romantic thread in the novel, which I thought was the strongest element of the plot. Lex learning to use her powers was only briefly described, and her acceptance of her own importance seemed a little rushed because it presumably happens during the two-month gap between Parts One and Two.

One slight disparity I found was that early in the book Lex is very close to her family. Even after secrets threaten her relationship with her parents, it is clear that Lex will take drastic measures to protect them. But as the book progresses, her family moves farther from the center of her thoughts, and her personal romance overwhelms her thinking. Similarly, I found it unlikely that Lex’s few close friends would simply accept her new emotional distance as easily they did in the novel. However, it is very clear that as Lex falls in love with Marcus, he fills the gaps left by friends and family. I would have liked to have seen more of Lex’s interactions with secondary characters to help give her blooming relationship with Marcus more depth.

At the same time, Lex’s relationship with Marcus was what drove the novel and kept me reading the book. From the beginning, interactions between the characters are delectable, and leave you wanting more. I almost wish they would have taken longer to cement their relationship, because the early interactions were so exciting. Overall, this book provided a great reason for me to ignore my work for a few hours as I waited to see how their romance unfolded.  I would definitely pick up the next book in the series, and fans of Deborah Harkness’s  A Discovery of Witches may find this book a likable read.

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