Outskirts Press (2013)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (3/15)
“Daughters of Twilight” by Collette Jackson-Fink is an extraordinary sci/fi/romantic/fantasy novel, filled with action and adventure. Throw in a war between the U.S. military, an eccentric CEO of a bio chemical company, and angels – yes angels, and you get a very unique and entertaining read. After an earthquake hits Waterloo, a small city in Midwest in Iowa, a huge black pyramid shaped structure seems to push its way up from the center of the earth. Touted as the most incredible archeological find in human history, special military teams and scientists are sent into the pyramid to investigate. Once inside they are confronted by a team of female creatures, who seem to be as deadly as they are beautiful. Who are these beings and what do they want from planet earth? Will scientists use the knowledge they gained from the investigations to benefit humankind or to advance their own agendas?
The author draws you into the plot right from the prologue, setting the tone upfront for a memorable experience. The story is entertaining and fast paced, I think I only put the book down one time once I started reading. I felt like all the characters were well developed though I did have a nagging sense of déjà vu with some of the behaviors and mannerisms of some of the military personnel. Still, their roles were well played out and added another level to the plot. The detailed descriptions of the angels were mesmerizing, and I could picture an aura around each one of the celestial beings. I also enjoyed the spiritual aspects they brought to the story, enough to give you a little history on where they came from with absolutely no pushing of religious beliefs upon the reader. About the only concern I had with this book was that there were numerous editing errors that needed attention. They were not monumental enough to dissuade me from reading but enough for me to make a mental note every time I came upon an issue.