Book Review: Game Over by: Taylor Keating

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance

Publish Date: November 2, 2010

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Video game designer River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. When she unwittingly taps into a parallel dimension via cutting-edge technology, a Dark Lord is quick to take her up on her inadvertent offer. Trapped in the world she thought she’d created for her game, River finds herself in a very real alternate dimension that she must escape from before her soul can be used to unleash evil--upon this dimension and many others.

River’s only ally is the sexy and mysterious Chase Hawkins.  A prisoner of the Dark Lord, Hawk is a man adrift—literally. His body safe at home under the watchful care of the Guardians’ scientists, his astral-traveling spirit has been enslaved by his people’s worst enemy, the Dark Lord. Clinging desperately to his sense of self, Hawk is determined to turn the tables on his captor before the connection to his body is lost.  When the beautiful, achingly familiar River enters the picture, he vows he will do everything he can to save her from her bleak fate.

Drawn together with an inescapable force, Hawk and River must wrest her soul from the Dark Lord’s grasp before it’s too late. 

Review: River Weston is a gaming and technological genius with untapped magical abilities and she’s working on a new game in her mother’s memory. A game which will feel so real, it will give people with debilitating injuries the chance to feel alive and whole again. Yet there are a few kinks she can’t quite work out yet, especially the fact she can’t defeat the Soul Man to win the game. What River doesn’t know is she has tapped into a Dark Lord’s virtual prison and he is looking for a way out – through her. The Dark Lord holds many souls prisoner, including Chase Hawkins’. Hawk is a Guardian, whose body resides at his home world in stasis, but he’s been trapped and abused by the Dark Lord for too long. Now he’s forced into the game, just as River has made a wish she’ll soon regret. Guardians are honor and duty-bound to protect the Fae and River does not know who she truly is, but she needs to figure it out – quickly – before the Dark Lord claims another soul.

The author has brought us a highly original and creative world in ‘Game Over’. This is a post-apocalyptic Earth and the inhabitants are slowly starting to rebuild. River Weston is a strong woman with a heritage she knows nothing about as her adoptive parents found her as a newborn by the river on their property (hence her name). When she meets Hawk who the Dark Lord has made take the guise of a helper in the game, Sever, she starts to realize there is something special about herself. Now she and Hawk must race against time and unknown obstacles to defeat the Dark Lord. I liked the mythos the author invented for the Fae and the Guardians, as well as the immortal Dark Lords. The author has created deeply rich characters who are all necessary to the plot development. There are also outside forces working with and against River and Hawk. The separate threads throughout the story came together very well and I think ‘Game Over’ is an exciting and imaginative story!

Guardian series: Game Over (1), Mind Games (2), Fair Game (3)


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