Book Review: Reflection of the Gods by Lisa Llamrei

Reflection_oftheGods_LRes_COMP_2Title: Reflection of the Gods
Author: Lisa Llamrei
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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 was a pleasant, enjoyable read that kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the book. We meet Das MacDermott at the start of the book, a recent divorcee who moves from the big city to a small town. He spots a young woman held at gunpoint by three men. Das intervenes, despite being outnumbered, but Aislinn, the victim he so bravely saved, doesn’t seem too happy with his interference.

However, Aislinn joins him to his new life in rural Ontario, where she helps him set up his photography business. Despite her helping him out, Das can’t get over how different she is – the past she never wants to talk about, her unusual talents and odd behavior.

But Aislinn has more secrets than she wishes to share with the man she’s falling for. She’s half-Sidhe, daughter of a fairy king and a human woman. As a demigod, she’s immortal, and tries to protect humanity from Sidhe wars, and the cruelty of some other gods. But as Das discovers more about Aislinn and who she really is, he also discovers that the human world and the world of the supernatural are set to collide in a way that could destruct all of humanity.

The story starts off in Das’ POV, but switches soon after, and the two main characters occasionally tell us part of the story. The plot was intriguing, and I loved reading about Aislinn’s history, the Sidhe, the war, and all the paranormal elements introduced in this novel.

With decent writing and a solid plot, this is a great read for fans of urban fantasy.


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