Series: Earth Reclaimed
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: October 4, 2013
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Dystopian/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Resilient, kickass, and determined, Aislinn's walled herself off from anything that might make her feel again. Until a wolf picks her for a bond mate and a Celtic god rises out of legend to claim her for his own.
Aislinn Lenear lost her anthropologist father high in the Bolivian Andes. Her mother, crazy with grief that muted her magic, was marched into a radioactive vortex by alien creatures and killed. Three years later, stripped of every illusion that ever comforted her, twenty-two year old Aislinn is one resilient, kickass woman with a take no prisoners attitude. In a world turned upside down, where virtually nothing familiar is left, she’s conscripted to fight the dark gods responsible for her father’s death. Battling the dark on her own terms, Aislinn walls herself off from anything that might make her feel again.
Fionn MacCumhaill, Celtic god of wisdom, protection, and divination has been laying low since the dark gods stormed Earth. He and his fellow Celts decided to wait them out. After all, three years is nothing compared to their long lives. On a clear winter day, Aislinn walks into his life and suddenly all bets are off. Awed by her courage, he stakes his claim to her and to an Earth he's willing to fight for.
Aislinn’s not so easily convinced. Fionn’s one gorgeous man, but she has a world to save. Emotional entanglements will only get in her way. Letting a wolf into her life was hard. Letting love in may well prove impossible.
Earth's Requiem is a story that takes place sometime in the future. The world we know is gone and we have been taken over by aliens. The only people left have magic and are controlled by the aliens, the Lemurians (aka the Old Ones). Aislinn had to side with the Lemurians or die like her mother and father. She doesn't understand why they are so interested in, but she will do what they say. While on a journey sent by her Lemurian magelord, Aislinn starts to make discoveries about herself. She also stumbles on another human who may actually be able to shed some light as to why the world has fallen.
Gimpel can pack quite a punch. This book starts off with a bang and doesn't let up. Our main character, Aislinn is definitely my kind of heroine. She is tough as nails and very determined to survive. She hates that she has to work for the Old Ones to survive, but it was that or the dark gods that were responsible for her parents death. So she is caught in the middle. Aislinn is a Mage and a Seeker. She soon finds out she may have more powers she didn't know about when she is discovered by a wolf named Rune. Only Hunters get animal bond mates and she knows she isn't a Hunter, but Rune may prove her wrong. I loved Rune. He was a lot like Aislinn. They are bother very stubborn and they have lost a lot. Neither one wants to put the other in danger. I loved the banter between them. They had such a great connection.
Aislinn and Rune then meet a fellow Hunter and bond mate, Fionn and his raven, Bella. Fionn was mouthwatering. I go nuts for an Irishman and he fit the bill perfectly. Fionn and Aislinn have both been alone for a very long time, but specifically Aislinn. Since the death of her parents, she tries not to have connections to people because it is so easy for someone to lose their life in the world they live in now. Anything and everything wants to kill you. She doesn't know what to make of how she feels about Fionn, but she knows it may be dangerous. Not to mention, Aislinn doesn't know about Fionn's special little secret yet. His secret may be enough to help Aislinn and probably the world.
This story was amazing. Gimpel really knows her world building. We are thrust into this new world and you feel like you are there. It was very easy to get lost in this book. The idea that the aliens we hear about one day come true and pretty much eradicate the world is quite scary. Aislinn wants a way to get rid of them and the dark gods. Both of which are bad and both want to use her for one reason or another and she doesn't know why. The journey she is sent on by her Lemurian magelord, Metae, is very dangerous. But that is nothing to what she finds out not only about herself, but the Lemurians and dark gods as well. The twists and turns that take place were insane. You won't believe what happens. Thank you Gimpel, you have made me very happy.
This is definitely a favorite read. It is full of so much imagination and is very fast paced. Also, I don't know about anyone else, but something about this book kind of reminded me of Karen M. Moning's Fever series. Well, bits and pieces anyway. Hell, the aliens and the dark gods actually had a very Fae-like quality to them. They take human forms and make themselves extremely attractive and control people through sex. The aliens and the dark gods were very scary especially the dark gods. So if you want a great Urban Fantasy, I would definitely recommend this to you. The sequel comes out in February and I can't wait until then. I think I am in love.
*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!
About Ann Gimpel
Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers her solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.
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