When I read the first part of the synopsis for Echo Prophecy by Lindsey Fairleigh, I read no further, and said yes without hesitating. Egyptology is a weakness for me, *grin*. Sadly, it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped or expected. I don’t hate the novel, just disappointed because it had tons of potential.
Discover what’s hidden–a powerful, mythic race, an ancient Egyptian prophecy, and a love strong enough to shatter the boundaries of time.
Alexandra Larson isn’t human…but she doesn’t know that. As far as Lex is concerned, she’s simply an ambitious and independent archaeology grad student with a knack for deciphering ancient languages, especially the various forms of Egyptian. When she’s recruited to work on her dream excavation, her translating skills uncover the secret entrance to an underground Egyptian temple concealed within Djeser-Djeseru–the famous mortuary temple of Queen Hatchepsut. Lex is beyond thrilled by her discovery…as is the enigmatic and alluring excavation director, Marcus Bahur.
As the relationship between Lex and Marcus heats up, a series of shocking revelations leave the young archaeologist reeling. Once Lex discovers the truth of her ancient Egyptian roots–the truth of her more-than-human nature–the people she trusts most make one final, terrifying revelation: Lex is the central figure of a four-thousand-year-old prophecy. She is the only thing standing between the power to alter the very fabric of time and an evil megalomaniac…who also happens to be her father. As events set in motion over four millennia ago lead Lex and Marcus from Seattle to the heart of Egypt, the fate of mankind depends on one thing: the strength of Lex’s love.
Everything that happens in this story has a slow and steady build up; it was never overly boring or overly active either. It made me think something exciting was on the way; sadly things fizzle in the conclusions. For instance, according to the synopsis and the first few chapters, Alexandra Lex, is really good at figuring out and reading ancient text. It looks as if she has tons of work and research ahead of her for this coming project. Yet she only deciphers one tablet of text, which is at the very beginning of the story, on her first day on the team, and after a small amount of trying. Not to mention, once I learned who the people on her team were, it didn’t make sense to me that she figured it out but they couldn’t. Another example is the Egyptian excavation, it’s talked about all the time, and it ties in with every single aspect of the story line. But you never get to see it happen since it’s when Lex is detained and can’t be there. All you get is a walk-through of the temple, not an excavation. If this was only done a time or two, it wouldn’t be so bad but it’s how each subplot ends, even the main plot. Technically it’s a cliff hanger, and a rather crafty/mean one I might add, so that time it worked just fine. But still, the novel built up to a specific event that never happened.
The rest of Echo Prophecy wasn’t too bad. The characters were never boring and they had enough dynamics to keep things interesting. Like Marcus, who can be caring but is rather harsh and controlling far too much for my liking. Lex is sweet and a bit dramatic at times, but most importantly, she does not put up with his crap. Because they are a part of the prophecy, they not only are super attracted to each other but become bonded in such a way that they will literally die without each other. It brings a different take to the hero and heroin set up. My favorite thing about these two is that they don’t jump into bed the first day they meet; they actually get to know each other! The bad news is she’s stuck with his cranky controlling butt for an eternity. The mythical race, Neferets, were really cool, in that they can see the past and the future and can track down people or objects using the same ‘seeing’ power. They are practically immortal, they aren’t super strong but they do have regenerating abilities. However there was one part of them that I really, really did not like; they didn’t see anything wrong with siblings having sex with each other because the women of the race can’t procreate. Ew! That part still confuses me. The entire concept of Lex and her role in the Neferet race, and her in charge of saving the world, was very interesting. It’s what kept me reading. That’s why I’m so sad that the wrapping up of all these ties wasn’t as amazing as it could have been.
Even though the writing in Echo Prophecy wasn’t to my liking entirely, I would still recommend it. It has romance, some intrigue, and a really cool, new humanoid. It even ends in a big cliff hanger, which even I can appreciate. But yes, I’m sad it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. The good news is, I finished it anyway, and that makes me happy.