Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Fifth Watcher Book Review

Melissa Barker-Simpson's first attempt at a self-published SFF novella is spectacular. She has created a unique and fascinating world with The Fifth Watcher, with characters that are dynamic and easy to relate to. I was drawn into the story right from the start. It's definitely a book I will read again and again.

The main character, Audrey Montgomery, spends her youth running from some danger she doesn't understand, but it all catches up with her. Throughout the story she is drawn into several parallel worlds where she discovers more about who she is and the truth about her life. Lieutenant Keith Delany is an Interdimensional Officer of the Law, or IDOL for short, who has been given the task of finding and protecting Audrey. He gets a bit more than he bargains for when he discovers that she is more important than anyone could have possibly imagined.

Their adventure is full of many twists that made it difficult to pull myself away from the story. I can't wait to read it again, and I'm eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. I hope Melissa doesn't keep us waiting too long!

5/5 Stars

Review provided by: Renee Scattergood


At the moment of Audrey Montgomery’s birth a new world came into existence. It is a barren place, a catalyst for the darkness spreading through the multidimensional system. The shift in power makes Audrey an invaluable pawn in a war between those who want to protect her and those who will go to extraordinary lengths to eliminate her.

As a result, she has spent her life on the run, unaware of her true origins. When her father dies and leaves her with a shocking legacy, her life is irrevocably changed. If she has any hope of surviving, Audrey must embrace her new reality and trust a man who is as dark and uncertain as the future itself.

Lieutenant Keith Delany, an Interdimensional Officer of the Law (IDOL), is tasked with bringing her in. It is an assignment his entire team is invested in, having spent years searching for her. As a senior member of the squad, Keith is charged with protecting her, with showing her the truth about her past, and with preparing her for an unknown future. As an IDOL he is responsible for every life, for every traveller who navigates the system. But his connection to Audrey is unprecedented, and he soon discovers she alone holds the power to prevent the continuum’s collapse.

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About the Author

Melissa Barker-Simpson

Melissa Barker-Simpson fills her days with language and words so she doesn’t get lost among the clouds. She is an interpreter by day, and a pen-wielding conjurer by night. Of course the only thing she conjures belong between the pages of a book, but it doesn’t make them any less compelling.

Her most important job, as far as she sees it, is being a mother to two impish teenagers. They keep her feet firmly on the ground, are a huge source of joy (despite the rampant emotions) and allow her to live out her fantasy of being a musketeer!

She spends her time living between different communities, one of them being the (mostly) online writing community and giving back the magic that has touched her life.

Melissa runs a series of blogs, has a thing for collaboration, and enjoys to support others as often as possible.

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