Title: Breaking the Nexus
Author: Lindsay Avalon
My Rating: A-
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mythrian Realm #1
Main Characters: Sha and Connor
Release Date: December 2012
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?
Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.
For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
*** Warning this book contains two graphic sex scenes featuring a sexy detective ***
What an incredibly creative and inventive world this is. This is the first book from a series by Lindsay Avalon. You quickly discover that there are two realms within our world...the human realm and the Mythrian world. They are kept separate by a Nexus. In the Mythrian realm, there are gateways to the human realm, but they are carefully guarded by Sentinels.
Sha is one of those sentinels and when something goes wrong at the gateway, she is flung into the human realm, directly into a serial killer crime scene which is being investigated by police detective, Connor. These two both feel an instant connection to the other, although they both have very good reasons to stay way, way apart from each other. It makes for an interesting set-up.
I think that this is considered an Urban Fantasy because it looks like it's setting up to be an ongoing adventure following the same characters, but it could easily fall under paranormal romantic suspense too, because there is a huge mysterious adventure aspect to it too. Both of these characters work in law enforcement in their respective worlds, so both of them are pretty tough, independent characters. I loved that they are both so strong, but when they truly start to connect, they find out just how much stronger they are together.
The problem is that it looks like the Nexus is in danger of failing which means all the stuff of legends: dragons, banshees, demons, fae, etc will be unleashed on the human world. Needless to say, everyone pretty much agrees that will probably not be a good thing. The Nexus was raised for a good reason. It's an ongoing issue that looks like it will play out over several books.
There was a lot to this book and the world is firmly established after this first book, but there are still lots of questions. Why does Connor, who's human, have his own powers? Who exactly is Alec and how does he fit into all this? What happened to Luca when Sha went through the gate? It was a fun first book, and now I'm excited to read #2, as it looks that book will take place in Mytherian, which could prove to be really interesting.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.