Review Echoes at Dawn (A KGI Novel) by Maya Banks
Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline–an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister–has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is running out…
Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He’s unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he’s fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her. In Rio, she finds a safe haven, and for the first time…hope. But the mission is far from over. The danger Grace has eluded is fast closing in. And now it’s pitching two lovers toward an unfamiliar horizon, with no place left to hide.
Incredible. Just beyond incredible and amazing. Thats how I feel about Echoes At Dawn. We met Grace in her sister’s story, Grace is the one with the amazing healing abilities, the one that every agency “really” wanted for her ability to be the person to take on all of their injuries and then be miraculously healed. So she is currently captured and Rio has come to rescue her but the rescue of course goes FUBAR, but Grace is stalwart, strong, despite, being so hurt that most others would have rolled over and died but not Grace, she holds and holds and struggles and keeps going and keeps pushing and never says die.
She is such a wonderful character, her strength of character is amazing, her unique strength is so ingrained in her, is such a part of her character as is her will to survive her will to keep her sister safe and her will to protect those she considers hers. Its simply lovely. Grace is an inspiring character, as you are rooting for her to become more savage, stronger, harder you are amazed at her ability to not be angry, hurt, pissed and hard. Her, well grace, under tremendous strain, amazing pressure and insurmountable odds, is simply amazing.
Rio is simply a powerhouse. A former leader of the mercenary organization tasked with bringing Grace in for their own use, he is not hindered by his guilt, over his sister, his past, his military history, but it was amazing, he was just so centered. So himself, so simply Rio that he centered Grace and allowed her to heal even when she didn’t know if she could heal and strengthen herself. Rio’s quiet strength allows Grace to be herself and allows her to process what she has endured so far and finally gives her the smallest measure of peace she’s enjoyed ever, so that she has the time and the ability to really consider what she wants.
Grace and Rio are just 2 parts of what make this such a wonderful novel. The whole story of Titan the mercenaries and Hancock their leader, I’m not going to spoil anything but some of my favorite exchanges involve him and well, everyone he interacts with. they are just great. My second favorite part has to be the dialogue. Its just amazing. There is such a sense of timing and humannism, and true honest exchange and discourse that it just makes the story infinitely better.
But the best part, the best part in this whole book, is the plot. There is just something so awesome about the fact that it felt real. Their inability to make decisions, or rather the right decisions about what to do, and when they need to get where they need to go, their indecision may be the best part of this book. It was great seeing these high speed people utterly perplexed trying to figure out who was a friend and who was foe, and yet still making decisions and doing what needs to be done. It was nice to see that even the most capable people can be surprised and that is what makes them human and so much fun to read about.
Its obvious that I loved this novel.
Overall Rating: A