Monday, March 16, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Dark Prophecy, Book 1 in the Soul Storm Series by Ann Gimpel

When the dream world spills its murky contents, everyone’s worst nightmares run free.

Dark Prophecy
Soul Storm, Book 1
Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Dream Shadow Press

Release Date: 12/11/14

Genre: Urban Fantasy

About Dark Prophecy:

Dr. Lara McInnis reads auras and flirts with an elusive ability to foretell the future. Ambivalent about the magic within her, she’s done a fine job ignoring other aspects of her power—until now. After several patients—and a student or two—describe the same cataclysmic dream, she uncovers ancient evil intent on draining her power. Lara knows next to nothing about her psychic side, but it will destroy her if she can’t come to terms with it.

Trevor Denoble has secrets, but he shields them well with a stunning body and a boatload of British charm. The airline he works for folds because there’s no fuel for the planes, and Lara’s changing into someone he barely recognizes. Though he doesn’t know it yet, the rest of his carefully crafted life is about to come crashing down too.

Living in a world teetering on the edge of anarchy, Trevor and Lara are faced with a series of painful decisions. Is the love between them enough for Trevor to swallow his distrust of Lara’s burgeoning paranormal ability? Will their personal demons tear them apart in a world gone mad, as shortages of everything from electricity to food escalate?

My Review:

Dark Prophecy takes us to a world on the brink of destruction. Fossil fuels are scarce and amounts getting harder to come by and prices are through the roof. Once rare power outages are now becoming standard occurrences. Food is disappearing off of shelves faster than it can be restocked. There is rioting and protesting all across the world, especially in harder hit once prosperous countries as tensions mount.

Back in Seattle, WA, Dr. Lara McInnis is a psychologist, oblivious to much of the world around her. She hasn't the time or energy to analyze the world's problems after long days of marriage counseling, eating disorders, OCD, and other patient interactions.  She has psychic abilities that assist her in reading the auras of her patients, which she's always had, but hasn't been properly trained.  She gets visions and they seem to coming on faster and harder than usual.  Then, there's the dream...

After Lara finds out that several people she knows, including herself and Trevor, her long time love, have the same reoccurring dream, she goes on a quest to figure out what it all means.  Unfortunately, this involves welcoming strangers into her life that seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.  Disconcerting to say the least.  On top of that, when a patient turns malicious, she has to stay one step ahead if she wants to save herself and the patient's spouse.

What she encounters in the quest for training divulges linkages, associations, and darkness surrounding her powers.  She's pulled into a world that is foreign and cryptic and a quite bit uncomfortable to her.  The world as humans know it far worse off than what meets the eye and there is evil on the outskirts waiting to make its move.

Dark Prophecy is such a well-written pre-apocalyptic novel that masterfully weaves in urban fantasy, paranormal, and straight up fantasy.  The world that Ann created is so realistic that as I read it I found myself wondering if the non-paranormal elements of the story (the worldwide lack of fuel, food, sanity) could be right around the corner for us.  Are we doing anything to stop what could be the end of civilization?  So creative and thought-provoking.  

Lara is a wonderful main character.  She somewhat has her head in the sand but that quickly changes as her visions become more forceful and unpredictable.  Finally seeking out training for the correct way to use her psychic gift and to reign it in and control it becomes a reality after realizing that a dream she's had has also been dreamed by others.  

Trevor is the yin to Lara's yang.  He's a great supporter of Lara's and they compliment each other well.  He's the realist - always knows what's going on in the world.  He's been planning for their future in the event that the world does indeed try to destroy itself.  

Dark Prophecy draws the reader in and keeps them wholly engaged.  Between the end of the world theme, the malicious patient, Lara's heritage, and Trevor's past there isn't a dull moment.  There are twists and turns around many bends and the suspense is high.  Be ready to devote an entire day to this novel because you won't want to put it down until you're done.

Novel contains adult scenes.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Old blood and ancient power pit themselves against evil so dark, deep, and menacing it changes everyone who comes into contact with it. And not for the better.

Dark Pursuit
Soul Storm, Book 2
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press

Release Date: 12/30/14
Genre: Urban Fantasy

About Dark Pursuit:

Widespread rioting, plus shortages of fuel, food, and electricity lure demons across the veil to invade Earth. Drawn by anarchy, they’re out of control, drunk on their own power, and growing stronger by the day.

With her life crumbling around her, Dr. Lara McInnis is reluctantly roped into channeling her unpredictable psychic talents to help a detective who saved her from a psychopathic killer. Problem is, she’s still quite the neophyte in terms of either summoning her magic, or bending it to do much of anything. Her lack of skill strands her in the murky underbelly of a world inhabited by dark forces.

Trevor Denoble may not be psychic, but his old blood gives him gifts as well. After years of uncertainty, Lara is really and truly finally his. He’s determined to keep her by his side, but she refuses to cooperate. The detective’s daughter is trapped in darkness, and Lara insists on going after her—to a place barred to Trevor. Not to be denied, he latches onto his Celtic blood and uncovers latent power. No stranger to violence, more blood on his hands is a small price to pay to keep the woman he loves safe.

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Some choices can never be undone.

Dark Promise
Soul Storm, Book 3
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press

108K words

Release Date: 1/29/15

Genre: Urban Fantasy

About Dark Promise:

Lara and Trevor flee Seattle in the wake of rising chaos. Like raptors drawn to road kill, demons converge on what’s left of civilization, urging it to implode even faster.

In this final book of the Soul Storm series, Lara and Trevor’s relationship undergoes stresses that threaten to annihilate them. Constantly hungry, besieged by dark forces, they need every resource they’ve developed as a couple to keep from ripping each other apart. With her mentors snared in a chokehold by Goblins, Lara has only her half-baked magic standing between survival and certain death for herself, her love, and their unborn child.

The remote location that was supposed to solve all their problems has done anything but. Though she works diligently, Lara’s crash course in magic proves woefully inadequate. Trevor’s determined to protect his family, but he’s developed a decidedly haunted edge from all the carnage.

When he’s captured by demons, Lara curses their decision to leave Seattle, risks everything to go after him, and falls headlong into a cunningly crafted trap.

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About the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 20 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

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Ann Gimpel said...

Aw, you just made my morning, Saph. First for inviting me back to your wonderful book blog, and second for your thoughtful, in depth review of Dark Prophecy. I'm so glad you're losing yourself in the series. It's closer to home for me than many of my books, so it's very special when it resonates for readers. Hugs and thanks.

Sapphyria said...

You are very welcome, Ann. I can't wait to start book 2 tonight.