Today I have an Historical Sci-Fi: The Hidden Ones: Legacy of the Watchers, Book 1 by Nancy Madore. In addition, everyone can enter to win an eBook copy (format of choice) of the book by entering this Rafflecopter. Drawing ends at midnight 7 April, 2013.
The Hidden Ones
Legacy of the Watchers, Book One
Science Fiction/ Historical Fiction
About the Book:
As CEO of her own thriving company, Nadia Adeire is flush with success, but a secret society dating back to the Essenes believes her to be one of the ancient djinn–the notorious demoness of Hebrew legend, Lilith. What’s more, they have reason to believe that she’s plotting a catastrophic attack on the world.
Nadia is snatched from her ‘perfect’ life and trapped in a maze between a present day disaster and the ancient legends of the djinn. The only way out is to retrace the steps of her deceased grandmother, Helene. The deeper Nadia goes into the past, the harder it will be for her return unscathed. But it is the only way to stop the impending disaster that was set in motion five thousand years ago.
This book was a mixed bag for me. The historical details and explanations were amazingly detailed and accurate, but this did lead to several moments of “info dump” where the reader is told rather than shown, and that did cause the plot to lag. While I appreciate the depth of research into several elements, providing so much information and managing the intertwining stories of the 3 generationally distanced female characters required several moments where I had to stop and contemplate who was where, and what was happening. I also found myself stopping or struggling with conversations, particularly moments where dialog was being written with the ‘attempt’ at an accent. This is a particular gripe of mine: if you find a need to ‘write’ an accent or patois into a character’s conversation, understand that many readers will find that difficult to process. Unfortunately there were particular characters that were bordering on caricature in their conversation, I do think an editor should have questioned that continued inclusion.
When the story was moving forward, it was quite engaging and there were so many different elements coming into play: action, romance, old grudges and mythology. Keeping it all straight from a plotting perspective is a Herculean task, and the effort was evident. For me, however, the sheer volume of information to process made this a good, not great read.
I received an eBook copy from author for purpose of honest review for the Indie Authors Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Nancy Madore achieved enormous critical acclaim writing ‘female friendly’ erotica in her Enchanted series. Now, following her life-long interest in history and mythology, Nancy Madore is making her debut into the historical and speculative science fiction genres with her new series, Legacy of the Watchers, beginning with The Hidden Ones.
Though the Legacy of the Watchers series is a work of fiction, the historical content within the stories is based on actual accounts from ancient writings. It is interesting to note how the claims of that time still affect us today. They play a part in our religions, our wars and even our worst fears involving monsters, ghosts and even vampires. Perhaps the past really does hold the keys to our future, buried among the many artifacts like hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Nancy Madore lives in the Northshore Boston area with her fiancé. You can read more about Nancy Madore and her books by visiting her website at www.nmadore.com, and you can follow her on Google+ or Twitter.