Urban Fantasy Review & Contest: AWAKENINGS by Edward Lazellari

What happens when you combine an urban fantasy with a quest-driven epic fantasy? Sounds like an awkward marriage, yet Edward Lazellari pulls it off beautifully (dare I say epic-ly?) in the first book in a new series, Awakenings. Read on for more info and the chance to win a copy for yourself! 
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance. Cal’s and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men’s past lives. But these creatures aren’t here to help; they’re intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they’re being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Call me a dolt (don’t you dare, really), but Awakenings took me completely off-guard. I hadn’t read any reviews in advance, and the blurb (above) doesn’t give it away either. I was expecting a Jim Butcher-like urban fantasy, except with a few more down-on-their-heels characters and maybe a demon or two. But no. Instead, I started out that way, and then ended up on more of a Throne of Kings-ilk breakneck quest to save the life of a child in a fantasy kingdom. It’s full of what happens when our world unexpectedly collides with the Other, and about two men who live in both. The wrinkle being, they both have retrograde amnesia and don’t remember the Other.
            And, I dunno, there might be centaurs.
            I love a good mishmash of genres, and this one was such an unexpected delight (not to mention a can’t-put-it-down read) that I’m going to forgive the cliffhanger ending—so consider yourself warned about that. There’s enough resolution to sort of satisfy, and definitely enough high-stakes plot left hanging to put the next book in the series on my wish-list. Except I want it NOW.
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

30 thoughts on “Urban Fantasy Review & Contest: AWAKENINGS by Edward Lazellari

  1. I personally would be stymied by this one just because noone on the cover has horns, fangs, tattoos or six pack abs. Okay, there are glowing eyes, but that just makes me think this one would be more Stephen King-like. Which is cool.

    Anyway, it sounds like this is one to put on the Big Guy’s TBR pile when he’s done with Game of Thrones…

  2. Sounds fantastic!

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  3. I’d read the synopsis on this and had the same thoughts as you – so it was already on my to read list but now it sounds even more interesting. Would love to win a copy.
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  4. I have seen the cover around on quite a few blogs but it didn’t really attract my attention so I haven’t read any of the reviews.

    I was quite surprised to read your quick one as it is completely different from what I would have though.

    Must say it does sound interesting so please enter me in the giveaway.


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  5. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  6. I’m so intrigued by your review of this book! Looks like a fantastic read.

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  7. This book is different from what I suaully read and I’d love to try it.

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  8. I wouldn’t have added this book to my TBR list if I hadn’t read your review. Now I can’t wait to read it!

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