Book Review by Gillian: Eagle’s Shadow, by Aleksandr Voinov and Jordan Taylor

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Eagle’s Shadow, by Aleksandr Voinov and Jordan Taylor
Series: Witches of London #2
Published by: Self-Published
Release Date: February 4, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
4-5-of-5

summary

When Chicago journalist Tom Welsh meets British banker Sanders Templeton at a conference, Sanders insists they have a connection, though he does not know what it is. They’ve never met before—but the strangest thing is, Tom can also feel it.

Sanders Templeton is a highflier who has it all—the money, the lifestyle and a rare intellect. Only a few chosen people know that he also suffers excruciating pain since childhood, with no cure, a mystery to western medicine.

Sanders knows that meeting Tom may be the most significant event of his life. As their relationship deepens, they learn that this is not the first lifetime in which they’ve fallen for each other. This time, true love can be theirs if they find the courage to forgive.

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M/M Pairing
Bisexual Characters
Contemporary
Hurt/Comfort
Reincarnation/Past Lives Regression
Magick

Part of Series (can be read as a standalone)

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Sometimes when I read a book that has touched me, I find myself at a loss for words and basically want to flail on the ground and mutter nonsensically because I can’t find the proper words to describe how it made me feel. This is one of those times.

*rolls around flailing*

…….

(note: Just Love Reviews does not condone rolling around on the ground as an acceptable review process)

Oh, fine.

As flailing really isn’t an option when people are expecting actual words to be linked together to form mostly coherent sentences, here are some that I hope will suffice.

You know the saying ‘soul mates’? I think those are one of the most overused and misused words in the English language. I’m sure we’ve all known someone who used that phrase to describe their relationship with another person – only to have them break up months later. You know what, though? This book made me believe in those words again.

Witches of London – Eagle’s Shadow introduces us to two men who are soul mates in the truest sense of the word.

Sanders and Tom are strangers but…not. From the moment they meet, there is an undeniable but inexplicable recognition, a sort of deep-in-the-soul knowing of one another that both confuses and intrigues them. The weekend conference at which they meet doesn’t allow for much time to explore this connection, so Tom decides to fly to Sanders’ home in London to figure out where this attraction might lead and what it all means. But upon arriving, Tom quickly learns that Sanders is hiding a secret – he has an affliction which causes him to experience almost constant physical pain which Western medicine has been unable to diagnose or cure.

When Sanders decides to move forward with an alternate healing method he has previously been reluctant to pursue, it results in a shocking and disturbing revelation, and the two men are forced to confront some life-changing truths about a past neither of them knew they shared.

Darker and bolder than its predecessor, this book explores the concept of past lives and possibility that the emotional and physical damage experienced by our previous incarnations can affect the health and well-being of our present selves. It also asks us to believe in redemption and the power of forgiveness.

Much like Witches of London – Lars, there is an fascinating and open-minded exploration of healing through non-traditional means. I’ve never given much credence to the concept of reincarnation and my knowledge of it is fairly superficial, but this story manages to make it both appealing and rather frightening. I’m intrigued by the idea that there are some things we need to get right, that there are some life lessons that we must learn before we can move on, and we may need more than one lifetime to make it happen. On the other hand, the idea that our lessons may come at the expense of our physical and emotional well-being is rather intimidating.

As this story progresses, both the past and the present become intertwined and although the two men endure a rather difficult journey, it leads to a pretty amazing conclusion. I loved every minute of this book, from start to finish, and I was completely caught up in the story. This one is quite different from Witches of London – Lars, but it’s every bit as good and supremely entertaining.

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Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as an financial editor, writing coach, and complementary therapist. At 41 years of age, Voinov has written more than two dozen novels and published five novels with German publishers. After many years working in the horror, science fiction, cyberpunk and fantasy genres, Voinov is now primarily writing queer fiction.

Interests at the moment include WWII, medieval siege warfare, William Marshall, the Golden Age of Piracy, and whale-hunting. These interests are subject to change from one day to the other, and Voinov single-handedly sustains two bookshops in London.

You can find Aleksandr online at:

Website
Facebook
Twitter

Jordan Taylor: Author of fiction from short stories to epics, designer of award-winning book covers, lover of travel and ice cream, Jordan finds it easier to write a novel than remember to keep up a blog.

Jordan writes historical fiction (mostly World War One and steampunk), contemporary fiction from dog stories to thrillers to paranormal and occasional romance, and middle grade and young adult titles. Her series include; Lightfall, eight YA novels mixing historical fantasy, dystopia, and zombies in the Wild West; Great War Centennial, shorts honoring the 100-year anniversary of WWI; and the best-selling Angel Paws stories, suitable for dog lovers of all ages.

You can find Jordan online at:

Website
Facebook
Twitter

You can purchase Eagle’s Shadow from:

Amazon (Canada)
Amazon (US)
Kobo
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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