“Ahe’ey” by Jamie Lefay

This is a story about an uber-human race that lived pre-history, but were almost wiped out by a cataclysmic flood on their island in mid-Atlantic. They have since lived in an alternate universe, directing and sometimes interbreeding with humans. Their contact point with our earth is an uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle. Their society in this refuge has become stratified, adopting some of the more detrimental elements of human societies through the ages, especially the creation of a caste system where normal humans are on the bottom, and where gender inequality reigns.

The plot jumps back and forth through history, mostly concentrating on these demi-gods in their alternate home and on a modern human who bears some of their blood and has an affair with one of them who is hiding out in human society. Her objective is to thwart a campaign in the US to use the fear of Muslim terrorism to drive the voters towards the conservative right, and to quiet resistance through attacks on the media.

As the title indicates, names in this story are created by adding apostrophes to known words and names. One group is called Ange’els. Oh, yes, and there are dragons. And a deus ex machina ending, which isn’t an ending because it leaves us with the beginning of the next book in the series.

And if this is starting to sound rather familiar, you have put your finger on the problem with this work. While a lot of trouble has been spent creating a detailed socio-historical background, complex characters and a logical conflict, everything in the book sounds just like every other novel in the genre.

This should be no problem. A lack of originality might downgrade a book from a five-star review. But unfortunately…proofing errors, misused words (“dwelled” instead of “delved”), use of the passive voice. Long philosophical conversations that don’t move the plot forward. Full passages telling what characters are like, not showing their personalities. Simply too many writing mistakes to allow the reader full and free access to the story.

So, despite likeable characters, some great conflict and a really good climax, I can only give this book three stars out of five.

Recommended to forgiving readers who haven’t read much Fantasy. You’ll probably really enjoy it.

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)



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