Patricia A. Jackson
Unknown to Humanity, the descendants of Fallen Angels live among us. After millennia of living in anonymity, a serial killer has discovered their secret and has marked them for death. FBI Agent Michael Childs is brought in to investigate a series of grisly murders in New York City. The only link between the victims is they were all born with twelve fingers and twelve toes, known in occult circles as the Nephilim, a forsaken people.
A break in the case leads to Marine Corps sniper Anaba Raines who is listed as killed in action in Syria. Michael finds the hardened soldier alive and well, but no longer Human. After getting too close to the truth, Michael refuses to be an unwitting pawn in a 3000-year-old vendetta. With the killers closing in, he is forced to confront his own unique heritage or die. Only Anaba can save her life, but at a terrible cost – her freedom.
Reading the first few chapters of this novel, you’d be excused for thinking that you were starting a straight and relatively gory (and compelling) serial killer thriller. The switch to urban fantasy is a little clunky, but as this is the author’s debut novel, I’ll be kind. Once the transition is made, Forging a Nightmare develops into a rollicking action-packed read that pulled me along with it until I suddenly found myself running out of book and still wanting more. Fortunately, this is the first in a series, so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.
The one thing that rankled with me was how quickly and easily certain characters accepted and adapted to vastly major changes in what they previously thought their realities to be. There are two main instances that caught my eye, but as they both involve major spoilers, you’ll have to discover them for yourself. This led to a suspicion that the novel was originally much longer but had lost chunks to the editorial cutting room floor, when maybe it would have been better to expand on the story and lengthen it into two books. However, this is still an enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to meet these characters again.
I received a free reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date: 23rd November 2021