Book Review Reflection of the Gods

Reflection_oftheGods_LRes_COMP_2Title: Reflection of the Gods

Author: Lisa Llamrei

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

Reflection of the Gods constantly switches POV between the main characters, which is, right away, the book’s greatest flaw. The other flaws are minor, and I ended up enjoying this book, even with the switching POV.

Das MacDermott has recnetly divorced, and he wants a new start. When moving out of the city, he witnesses a young woman held at gunpoint by three men, and he saves her. The victim, Aislinn, acts totally ungrateful, but for some reason does decide to join him in his new life in rural Ontario. The two of them start to develop a relationship, first as friends, building on trust, but then as something more. But turns out Aislinn isn’t quite who she pretends to be. As a demigod with unusual talents and abilities, who has been alive for over a thousand years, she’s certainly more than meets the eye.

The plot was nice, and although not entirely original, it had enough originality to still sound refreshing. Good characters, good writing. If it wasn’t for the switching POV, I would’ve loved this, now I like it, but I don’t love it.

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One thought on “Book Review Reflection of the Gods

  1. Many thanks for taking the time to give an honest review. I much appreciate it!

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