Title: Dweller on the Threshold
Author: Rinda Elliott
May Contain Spoilers
After my success with Erica Hayes Redemption, I decided to dive into another Paranormal/UF book. Dweller on the Threshold looked like an interesting blend of creepy and magical, and it was. The romance is kept on the back burner, and instead the focus is on finding and taking down the dreaded Dweller on the Threshold. There are people dropping like flies as their souls are sucked out of their bodies, demon battles galore, and an ancient Minoan warrior who possesses both brawn and good-looks. I liked the Greek mythology that was incorporated into the story, as well as the concept of guardians, ghostly protectors who watch over their charges, usually invisible and undetected for normal people. Beri, the protagonist, isn’t normal.
I found Beri an interesting protagonist. She knows that she’s different, but she doesn’t know why. She can see her guardians – the serious Fred, who was killed in a fire when he was on the cusp of manhood, and Phro, who claims to be the Goddess of Love. Yes, that Goddess of Love. Beri wonders what motivates both of them to stay with her, especially the beautiful Phro. Surely she has better things to do than follow a towering, streaky haired freak of a woman around year after year. I am still wondering what Fred’s deal is, because it’s obvious there is more to him being with Beri than meets the eye. Maybe we’ll find out what’s going on with him in the next book of the series? Where does he keep disappearing to, and can he be completely trusted? With so many dangers popping up to threaten her life, I believe these are questions that Beri needs to have answered stat.
Beri has been searching for other answers for her entire life. Who is she? What is she? After being bounced around from foster home to foster home, she’s developed a thick skin, and she prefers to keep others at a safe distance. The only person she is close to is Elsa, whose parents took Beri in before weird things started happening and they became too terrified of her to keep her round. Now, the two women consider themselves sisters, and when Elsa interrupts a paranormal hunting trip in the swamp, Beri is obligated to help her sister, a police detective, with the case she’s working on. Even though things ended disastrously the last time she tried to help, and Beri ended up bathed in blood and detached body parts. Ugh.
Back in the city, Beri learns that Elsa is in a coma, and things don’t look good. When she can’t see Elsa’s soul, Beri knows that she has to figure out what she was working on. As danger mounts, and more mysteries are revealed, Beri has no choice but to trust Blyth, a flaky witch, and Nikolas, an old, old being who is surrounded with the darkness of hundreds and hundreds of trapped souls. And, oh, yeah, even though he’s older than dirt, he’s a handsome, hulking warrior, and Beri can’t help but be attracted to him and all of his secrets.
I loved Nicolas’ tragic past, and all of the references to Greek mythology. While some of the world-building was confusing or non-existent, there was enough demon slaying and demon attacking action to distract me from most of my hang-ups about the world Beri resides in. Just throw some magic, some ugly monsters, and a kick-ass heroine into the mix, and I’m a pretty happy camper. The action and the quest to find and defeat the Dweller drive this story, more so than the romance or any other element, and I didn’t mind one bit. What did kind of bug me? The non-ending!
Review copy provided by author