#BookReview of The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland @annecater @matadorbooks #randomthingstour

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#BookReview of The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland @annecater @matadorbooks #randomthingstour

#BookReview of The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland @annecater @matadorbooks #randomthingstourThe Genes of Isis by Justin Newland
Published by Silverwood Books on February 18, 2017
Pages: 300

The Genes of Isis is a speculative account of the genesis of today's human race, aka homo sapiens sapiens.

Akasha is a precocious girl living in a world where the oceans circulate in the sky waters. She dreams of releasing the Surge, the next evolutionary step for an embryonic human race, but it's dormant, trapped inside every human.

Horque is a Solarii, a tribe of angels who manifested in human form and settled in Ancient Egypt. He and they are desperate to return home, but can only do so by unravelling the chaos left behind by the Helios, another tribe of angels who left humanity on the brink of extinction and who sired a race of hybrids.

When Akasha foretells the falling of the sky waters and falls in love with Horque, her life becomes an instrument for apocalyptic change.

This is not the sort of book I would normally read…which is exactly why I went for it. I wanted to get out my comfort zone, and once I had peace and quiet in the house and could concentrate I am glad that I did. I am intrigued by the Egyptians as I will devour anything to do with Greek Mythology I wanted to see if it would be the same here.

Well I was not disappointed like I said I had to concentrate but once I got in the flow, I wanted to learn all I could about the divide between the hybrids, Solarii and humans and to learn more the astral plane that was being discussed

I absolutely loved that the chapter titles were all included in the body of the chapter, I kept looking out for it when reading and the chapters were all short and snappy so it was easy to speed through this book. 

The vivid imagery used by the author, had me picturing the events perfectly. The dust storms, in the beginning, I felt I could actually be there experiencing it, trying to keep the dust off me! 

With the multiple points of views in the different chapters gave the reading of this mythology a whole new reading experience, one I thoroughly enjoyed. I am sure that some historians would pick holes in the story, and I do not know how much of this is factual (ignoring some of the glaringly obvious bits) but I read this at face value and ignored the legends (and google!). 

If you want to know if anyone survived the apocalypse then you need to open to page one and begin the adventure.

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*Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things tours, Matador Publishing and the author Justin Newland for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

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About Justin Newland

JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent.

He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.

For further author info, see http://www.justinnewland.com/.

Short stories in anthologies include: The Fool of Abbot’s Leigh in Hidden Bristol and Fisher of Men in North by Southwest.

Another short story, Vallum Hadriani, is included in The Dark Half of the Year.

His first novel, The Genes of Isis, is published by Matador. For more info, see http://www.thegenesofisis.com/.

His second novel, The Old Dragon’s Head, a historical fantasy set in Old China. is to be published by Matador in November 2018. His work in progress is a historical novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 1760’s. All his novels deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human’s place in the universe.

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