Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker

Cronin's Key
(Cronin's Key #1) 
by N.R. Walker
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Publication Date: 13 March 2015

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn't always what it seems.

( 3 stars )

Maybe it was my high expectation from this series. Maybe I'm too busy to dedicate 5 hours of uninterrupted time to read this book. Because in the end I found that watching my toddler walked like a drunken sailor is way more entertaining that reading this book.

I think Cronin's Key is a decent urban fantasy with all the necessary info, world building and characterization that form the backbone of the story. But it seems like too much info dump in the first half of the story. Initially, I was fascinated with the new theory about vampire colony, but later I just want the author to get to the action. 

Cronin, the vampire and Alec, the human cop are fated mate. The thing with fated mate is they have this undeniable bond between them since they first met. Despite one of them isn't human, everything just seems too easyand insta-love. They are so lovey dovey and touchy feely and smitten with each other. The amount of PDA is astounding even. 

The core of the story is the good vampires, which are Cronin's coven, trying to stop this mad female vampire from resurrecting an army of mummies vampires. With the Egypt setting and mummies resurrection, it reminds me of the movie Mummy of course. The battle between good and evil ensure and the action plot was pretty good. 

For urban fantasy lover this might still be a worthy read, but the romance reader in me feel that the romance department was falling short and lack a decent build up.