John Bowen

When Holly Reilly finds herself on the run carrying a piece of technology with the potential to change what it even means to be human, she calls the only person she trusts with the skills necessary to keep her alive, her estranged husband, Gabriel.

Gabe and Holly soon find themselves caught up in a secret conflict that has raged for centuries, a battle poised to spill into the modern world, threatening chaos and bloodshed.

Vessel book cover

The idea here is nothing new, of course, and although the writing was to a high standard and without many errors, the pacing of the story, the ungainly number of flashbacks and almost 30 occurrences of “fair haird man” did, on occasion, remind me I was reading a book rather than enjoying a story. Some of the language was really nicely done though (the use of the word cleave from the Old English clifian rather than the more commonplace cleofan derivation is a good example), making this book the sort of thing I’d enjoy as a quick filler between other works.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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