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#Bookreview Eyes of Osiris: A Kayara Ingham Novel (Architects of Lore Series Book 1) by Anita C Young
Thanks to the curse of foresight, Dr. Kayara Ingham has had a vision of her husband’s death. While she desperately tries to avert the grim future, she meets a mysterious Osiris Corporation man who gives her an impossible ultimatum. When Kay is forced to choose, she learns that Osiris Corporation is not what it seems. The company is made up of a people that call themselves the Architects of Lore and, like many powerful organisations, their reach is extensive—one might say inescapable.
I bought/downloaded this book in July 2015. Yeah, I know. Needless to say, I had not a clue what this story was about. Only that the title and cover made me think of fantasy.
Kayara Ingram has the ability to see the future. During one dream, she sees her husband’s death and is totally freaked out abut it. Then a mysterious strange named Aulus Tuccius from Osiris Corporation shows up to offer her a job. Kay finds herself inexplicably drawn to the man, and she feels like she’s met him before. She just can’t remember when or where. To make matters worse, when she declines his offer, he does everything in his power to force her hand. Tuccius is not a nice person, and at this point, the villain of the story.
So, off to Iceland Kay and Nick go. There, they meet Merry, and it’s at this point we begin to understand there IS something strange about the people working for the company. Merry seems to have the ability to direct people’s emotions, which then makes you wonder about Tuccius. It isn’t until almost half way through the book we’re told we are dealing with vampires that refer to themselves as Architects. These aren’t the vampires we’re used to. No, Young has put a different slant on them and their origins. Very refreshing and original.
At this point, the whole story shifts. Tuccius is no longer the bad guy, but a pawn himself under the rule of Lord Bonani, the leader of their clan. It’s also at this point, that I feel we lose the meaning of the story. Kay was hired for her expertise in viruses, but all we see is Bonani and his court of fools. I don’t know, it just didn’t sit well with me. Like two stories glued together with no purpose or direction.
The characters are well-written and relatable. I felt Kay’s backstory could’ve been outlined more. I felt dissatisfied, needing to know more about what happened between her and her family. It’s alluded to, but still too many unanswered questions,. In fact, the whole book at the end left me with too many questions. I know this is a series, but some of these subplots should’ve been taken care of in the first book.
Another reason for giving a 3 star over a 4 was the over use of adverbs. This book is full of them. Young is a good enough writer NOT to have to use them. Adverbs are a distraction. The book could also use a good proofreader. The formatting is another issue. You don‘t need a double space between paragraphs when the paragraphs are indented. And there is too much white space between pages. If this book was in kindle unlimited, I’d think she was trying to scam the system.
There are some really interesting characters in this story, and if you want a different spin on vampires, you would like this book. I give it 3 eyes.