Echo Prophecy (Echo Trilogy)
Author: Lindsey Fairleigh
Publisher: L2 Books
Date of Publication: August 16, 2013
Discover what’s hidden–a powerful, mythic race, an ancient Egyptian prophecy, and a love strong enough to shatter the boundaries of time.
Alexandra Larson isn’t human…but she doesn’t know that. As far as Lex is concerned, she’s simply an ambitious and independent archaeology grad student with a knack for deciphering ancient languages, especially the various forms of Egyptian. When she’s recruited to work on her dream excavation, her translating skills uncover the secret entrance to an underground Egyptian temple concealed within Djeser-Djeseru–the famous mortuary temple of Queen Hatchepsut. Lex is beyond thrilled by her discovery…as is the enigmatic and alluring excavation director, Marcus Bahur.
As the relationship between Lex and Marcus heats up, a series of shocking revelations leave the young archaeologist reeling. Once Lex discovers the truth of her ancient Egyptian roots–the truth of her more-than-human nature–the people she trusts most make one final, terrifying revelation: Lex is the central figure of a four-thousand-year-old prophecy. She is the only thing standing between the power to alter the very fabric of time and an evil megalomaniac…who also happens to be her father. As events set in motion over four millennia ago lead Lex and Marcus from Seattle to the heart of Egypt, the fate of mankind depends on one thing: the strength of Lex’s love.
I went into this book not really having any expectations. For some reason, although there’s a publisher, I had the belief that this was a self-pubbed book, and for the most part my experiences with those haven’t been spectacular. However, whether self-pubbed or not, I was absolutely blown away by this book.
Ms. Fairleigh took the familiar Egyptian mythology (without going into it too deeply, which could be a bit of a disappointment if you expected lots of in-depth information about Ancient Egypt) and twisted it right around into a completely new species, opening up a fascinating new group of people with some pretty awesome powers. No, we don’t have the tired old “Oh, I’m an immortal, be mine forever” blah blah from Marcus, thank goodness. No, Marcus is truly ancient and the species he represents is quite different from most of the paranormal blah blahs out there (and I use blah blah with the very best of intentions behind it, given how much paranormal you guys know I read).
Lex is a determined grad student working on her dissertation on Ancient Egypt. For me, she’s a bit unbelievably young. PhDs in archaeology are generally earned in the early 30’s, and the dissertation is the very last step in the process, usually after 2-4 years of classes beyond the undergrad work and there’s no explanation as to how she got to this stage so young. After a terrifying dream in which her professor is run over by a car, she starts on a new adventure which brings her into contact with Marcus. Their initial meeting was a bit silly and (to me) obvious when she spilled her drink on a random hot stranger at a bar the night before she meets with the excavation leader. But other than that, I loved the interplay between the characters. It was a nice, slow build up to when Lex and Marcus finally gave in to their desire for one another. Sex was decent, but not overdone, nor introduced too early to the plot.
Now for the villain. Woooow. He was truly sick and twisted, and I loved him! Lex got herself one HECK of an evil father. I don’t know where the series is going to turn after this, because it seems like Ms. Fairleigh wrapped up all the loose ends throughout for the most part, but I know I’m going to eagerly be waiting to find out!
Completely awesome book, a 5-star rating from me. Wahoo!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.