DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD
Beri O'Dell, Book 1
10 March 2013
Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Rating: 4 Cups
Beri O’Dell is taller and stronger than most men. She has the power of astral projection and the ability to peel and sift through the layers separating other dimensions. She investigates the paranormal in hope of finding out whom and what she is. In the past she has also helped her foster sister, Elsa, after a case goes wrong she chooses to isolate herself. Now there is a mysterious mass outbreak of comas, and since Elsa has fallen to it, Beri decides to help.
Nikolos is an ancient Minoan warrior. Shrouded in secrets and mysteries, he says what is behind the comas is called the Dweller on the Threshold, and it is very bad news. Nikolos admits to having fought it before, spending the whole of his very long life to stopping it while having to deal with some of the most evil people in history to do so. He brings dire news, but is he telling the truth? What are his true intentions?
Time is scarce. Beri has to solve the puzzle of the Dweller on the Threshold, and she will need help. Aide comes in various forms. Her spirit guides, one claiming to be a goddess. A large, handsome, enigmatic warrior with secrets of his own. A delicate witch who is more than what she seems. And a necromancer with an ego problem. Everything points to the swamp, which harbors the demon and the secrets of Beri’s true origins. Will Beri be able to handle the demon along with the truth about her beginnings?
The story is captivating with its twist on the paranormal and its usage of mythology. I love the character of Beri. She is strong, but has her weaknesses and insecurities, which makes her feel like a real person. The storyline is dark and serious, but the cast of colorful secondary characters and the humor that comes in just at the right doses from everyone keeps it from being too dark. This book is a great beginning for a new series. The world Ms. Elliott crafts is engaging and filled with potential.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More