Series: The Orcadian 01
Author: Stuart Wakefield
Length: Novel (169pgs)
Publisher: Self-Published (12 August 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: 4 ½♥♥♥♥
Blurb: “Stay away from the water.”
Leven has heard that rule all his life but, when he breaks it, he loses the ones he loves.
Bereaved and broken-hearted, escape seems like his only option. At the invitation of the father he never knew, he flees London and seeks refuge in the storm-battered Orkney Islands.
Thrown together with the handsome but volatile Dom, a series of strange and terrifying encounters lead Leven to the reason the rule existed.
Something in the water is coming for him.
But as evil rises, so must good.
When he is born from chaos can he calm the storm?
Purchase Link: UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005H7UVAA
Review: Leven is a young man with anger issues. He has been passed around foster families before he is taken on by Ruth and Alex where he manages to settle in and be accepted.
This is a well written book that has a very good plot and a rock solid story-line. The first third of the book is based in London. We see Leven at 9 years old trying to drive Ruth and Alex away when they want to foster him. Then with his first boyfriend at 16 years old and the disaster when Sean’s parents find them. His heartbreak and loss at 18 years old when his adoptive mother dies and then his fear when a mysterious letter arrives and he knows that it will change everything for him. So we get a great build up for the rest of the book which is set in the Orkney Islands.
The setting that we get for the Orkney Islands is incredible and sets the tone for the rest of the book perfectly; it’s dark, menacing and threatening. It’s as though the very weather with the wind, rain and pounding waves trying to warn Leven that there is danger when he first arrives. What we then get is Leven trying to get to the bottom of a mystery that he has only had a slight hint of and nobody willing or able to help him solve it. As he uncovers the truth he is immersed in Myth and Legend that he finds difficult to believe, but he must if he is going to save not just himself but all the inhabitants of the island. Leven’s relationship with Dom is fraught with difficulty and tension as they both have to learn to trust the other.
A fantastic story that I highly recommend… this is for those who love the paranormal, Myths, danger and an ending that will touch your heart.