When the back of a book describes the story within as “a delicious fusion of science-meets-magic set amidst a backdrop of Celto-Germanic Otherworld,” I get high hopes. Luckily, Primary Fault vastly exceeded even my wildest expectations.
When Caitlin moves from Texas to Germany to live with her brother Gus, she is looking for a fresh start, for a break from the constant suffering she has experienced the past three years. Unfortunately, relaxation and peace are not in the cards. Her first night in Germany, she is attacked by a man who closely resembles Gus. Shortly thereafter, the police accuse Gus of sexual assault, and he disappears. In order to save her brother’s reputation and both of their lives, Caitlin must find Gus and find a way to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, she also has to deal with a handsome, mysterious stranger, a spectre of Death himself, and a number of unknown, dangerous people who will not leave her alone. Oh, and she keeps unknowingly and uncontrollably slipping into the Otherworld.
Reamer is able to weave the various aspects of the tale together to create one cohesive and thoroughly enjoyable novel. The mythos is unique and interesting. The characters are fully fleshed out and believable. The sense of place is strong, with characters often using German words (with Caitlin translating for both herself and the readers). The twists are surprising and endless, and the writing is impeccable, creating a solid sense of the world while still keeping the focus on the story. I stayed up all night reading this excellent book because I could not – and did not want to – put it down.
Primary Fault is a dark and subtle entry into the fantasy genre. It will grab a hold of you with very first sentence, and it will not let go, even after you turn the last page. It will leave you satisfied, curious, fascinated, and in awe. It will make you want to reread it right away, and it will make you eagerly await the sequel. If you like fantasy at all, read this book.
|Author||Sharon Kae Reamer|
|Page Count||361 pages|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|