Brighid's Cross: Keepers of the Flame, #1

Brighid's Cross
Cate Morgan
End of Days, book three
Keepers of the Flame, book one
ebook, 87 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 9781609286316

One woman with a job to do. One gorgeous hacker with a plan. One apocalypse. Any questions?

Aika Lareto is a descendent of St. Brighid in her incarnation of all things fire and warfare in a time when heroes were revered as gods. In 2025, this means Aika is hunted by all things demon and government. All she wants is to get on with her work as guardian of the dregs scraping out a fringe existence in London s blitzed underground the lost, forgotten and the just plain ignored.

Declan Pryce is the hacker who finds her first. Quite a feat, considering current ruling government conglomerate Dreamtech has issued a bounty on Aika's head for her ability to bypass their security systems.

When she escapes Dreamtech's net, the vote is unanimous.

Aika is a liability in need of immediate resolution dead or alive is entirely her choice.

No choice, really. She ll take death over disloyalty every time. Declan has a plan that doesn't include falling for an impossible woman in an impossible situation. She has plans of her own that don't leave room for a love life.

If they're incredibly lucky, it just might work.

Brighid's Cross is both book three in the End of Days series (shared with Mina Carter and Karen Erickson) and book one of the Keepers of the Flame series... and it has terrible reviews on Goodreads. But did that stop me from finishing up End Of Days? Perhaps, it should have.

This story is not told well. That is, I have no idea what the hell it was about. There was a plot. And there was a goal. And it was achieved. I'm just not sure what *it* was. She stabbed something? Something was thwarted by the action?

Okay, here's what I know, or, what I think I know. Aika is, or was, an angel in a world where angels are nothing more than evolved humans now living back on what is left of Earth. But mortals have the gift of choice. And that's all she ever wanted.

In this post-apocalyptic setting, Aika protects the survivors of the great war, living outside of a society that may or may not exist. Dreamtech is the villain, though I don't recall any demons.

Declan is a hacker on a search for angels, or Other, or any combination of the two. He first becomes aware of Aika via security cameras and tracks her down within hours of Dreamtech putting out a bounty on her. The two know each other a mere day before they end up in bed together so even the romance, and I use the term loosely, is rushed.

I have to believe the author knew what was going on, and maybe she shared with Aika. But it's a secret neither are sharing with anyone else.

1 out of 5 stars.

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