Protecting her from the fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.
Claudia Emerson’s life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia’s dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a Nephilim–half angel, half human. Now that she’s been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other Nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mary Ting’s Crossroads. This was not simply another story about angels and demons. Readers were given a glimpse inside the world of the Nephilim, half human and half angel beings. Other books I’ve read about the Nephilim only spoke of their existence. I never got a feel for what it was like to live in their world, not truly respected by angels and even frowned upon by the fallen.
Ting calls her Nephilim “alkins”. My favorite ones were Michael and Davin. She painted a wonderful picture of them struggling with their human emotions. They were entrusted with angelic responsibilities and a code of behavior. These alkins bent the rules to their favor. I enjoyed their interactions with each other and their human charge, Claudia.
Claudia, however, was not my favorite. She did grow on me by the end of the story. I felt she wasn’t a very strong protagonist, acting more like the damsel in distress. The tragedies that kept popping up in her life made me like her. She handled them far better than most people would have. Claudia even dealt with the issue of angels and alkins very well, which earned my respect.
I loved Ting’s handling of the fight scenes. The details were believable and entertaining without being gory. I was able to easily visualize each one.
I appreciated the story’s premise. The idea of fallen angels luring alkins intrigued me and kept me involved. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.