I am on a reading frenzy. I can’t stop picking up books. And it feels so good. I’ve missed just sitting and reading; it’s been so long since I’ve been able to do it. My latest book finished is Hekla’s Children by James Brogden. I saw it at random in the book store and thought it sounded really interesting. And I wasn’t wrong.
In the world of Hekla’s Children, a creature named the aufaugh lives in Un, a world connected to ours that’s a sort of hell-like world. The aufaugh is a monsterous cannibalistic creature. The people of ancient times found and sort of created a warrior to defend the barrier between worlds and ensure that the aufaugh cannot cross the barrier. And he defends it for hundreds of years.
In 2007, a teacher named Nathan Brookes is too preoccupied in his own personal woes to keep an eye on the students he’s meant to watching. The four students disappear without a trace, and twenty-seven hours later one of them, Olivia, reappears with seemingly no memory.
Nearly a decade later, Nathan is suddenly plagued with visions of the children. At the same time, an ancient body is found and dug up. Dr. Tara Dourmani, who dug up the body, makes an incredible and impossible discovery – the body is not all ancient. He is mostly ancient, but his leg has modern healing procedures on the ankle. And Olivia, the girl who returned, suddenly re-emerges in the world demanding the body be put back. Nathan and Tara try to work together to make the impossible they’re experiencing possible, and of course it all goes wrong.
I don’t want to give too many spoilers. But if you decide to read the book and you think you know what direction it’s going in (ie, the typical direction most stories sadly take), my advice to you is to keep reading. Because this book will surprise you as it did me. And it will be epic. Trust me, I’ve read it and experienced it.
If you’re looking for a new read that has action, romance, and intrigue, look no further than Hekla’s Children. It was a fast, fun, and intense read.
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