Title: The Age of Eve
Author: D.M. Pratt
Format: Paperback and eBook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal with Erotic Elements
Series: Return of the Nephelim # 1
Read in Order: Not Required
Purchase Now: Amazon
About the Book:
Eve Dowling, a talented writer for a successful magazine that covers New Orleans society events, is leading an exciting life filled with friends, family and work–until it is turned upside down by a fateful encounter with a stunningly handsome mystery man who ignites her most sensual fantasies.
When Eve awakes naked, sexually ravaged and alone in the garden of one of New Orleans’ most historic homes, she begins her search to uncover who this mystery man really is. She tracks him through the dark side of Old Algiers with the aid of one of its most famous Voodoo priestesses to an abandoned sanitarium in the heart of the swamplands surrounding New Orleans. It is there she first confronts two creatures, first described in ancient Hebrew and Christian texts as the Nephilim or “fallen sons of God,” who vye to posess her body and soul and keep her from true love with her mystery man.
Is Eve’s battle with the Nephilim to save her mystery lover–and her own life–real or imagined? Does Eve really hold a key to saving humanity from a loveless existence? Or is it all simply a nightmare dream? Read the first book in this series and decide for yourself.
The premise for this book was unlike any I had encountered before, so I was excited to be offered the title through NetGalley. Set in New Orleans, the beautifully descriptive prose does manage to bring the city to light, and there are several passages that are extremely well written and loaded with detail. Unfortunately, the story also is bogged down by this same descriptive prose, several passages are overly wordy and serve only to distract from the plot and story arc. Which is really a sad moment for me because it also caused a great disconnect with the characters and provided too many distractions from the promised battles of good and evil.
Yes, the erotic scenes are spectacularly written and are beautifully descriptive, but the lack of connection with the characters particularly with Eve: make it more an exercise in voyeurism than an actual woman you can empathize with and care about. D.M. Pratt writes a beautiful sentence, and I think that the book would have been greatly improved with a stern editing hand to remove the superfluous passages, of which there were many. In fact, for me, the story took a backseat to adjectives and flourishes used for description, and at about 70% in I didn’t care where the plot went –only that there was an end. And for a reader, that is most discouraging and disheartening.
Pratt can write, there is no doubting that, and I would be curious to read more by this author to see if an editor has taken the over-eager use of descriptive adjectives in hand and consolidated the prose to a manageable and readable level. I did finish the book, and found many good sentences and description that were beautiful, if overlong. This was the sole reasoning behind my rating of 3 stars – were I unable to finish this book, it would have been lower.
I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.