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Echo Prophecy (Echo Trilogy, #1)

Echo Prophecy (Echo Trilogy, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lindsey Fairleigh
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The first book in the ECHO TRILOGY.

DISCOVER WHAT'S HIDDEN--a powerful, mythic race, an ancient Egyptian prophecy, and a love strong enough to shatter the boundaries of time.

"...we only see what we want to see...what we expect to see..."
Alexandra Larson isn't human, but she doesn't know that. As far as Lex is concerned, she's simply an ambitious archaeology grad student with a knack for deciphering ancient languages, especially the various forms of Egyptian. When she's recruited to work on her dream excavation and her translating skills uncover the secret entrance to an underground Egyptian temple, Lex is beyond thrilled by her is the enigmatic and alluring excavation director, Marcus Bahur. As the relationship between Lex and Marcus heats up, a series of shocking revelations leave the young archaeologist reeling.

Together, she and Marcus are all that's standing between an ancient evil being and the power to alter the very fabric of time. Events set in motion by a dying god over four millennia ago pull Lex and Marcus away from Seattle and into the heart of Egypt, where Lex learns that the fate of the world depends on one thing: the strength of her heart.

***contains some adult content***
Echo Prophecy
(an Echo Trilogy novella)
Echo Queen (September 2014)

About the Author

Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book—as long as that book transports her to a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure and romance. When she’s not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and confused cats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2240 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: L2 Books (16 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIV14HK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book--as long as that book transports her to a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure and romance. When she's not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and confused cats.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I have been waiting for, for years 2 Dec 2013
Something weird is going on with Alexandra Larson. Lex is an archaeology grad student, and adept with deciphering ancient languages, but lately she's been having weird dreams.....dreams of things that haven't happened yet...but that come true, and dreams that show her scenes from the past, that she shouldn't know. Like the identity of her biological father. When Lex is recruited to her dream excavation, her skills uncover a secret entrance to an underground temple concealed within the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Lex isn't the only one thrilled with her discovery, so is Marcus, the excavation director, and extreme hottie.

After a series of shocking revelations, including a 30 year old grandfather she thought was dead, and the admonition that she's not exactly human, she realizes Marcus has been lying to her. He is not what he seems. As she discovers her Ancient Egyptian roots...and those of those around her, her new family and friends drop another bomb on her. That there's a tiny little four thousand year old prophecy involving her....and her being the only thing standing between an evil man who happens to be her father, and the power to alter time. No biggie. As things heat up between her and Marcus, and the solstice gets closer, the team land in Egypt...but who will win?

If you saw my last review you know i'm a huge history geek. Certain area's really interest me and Egyptology is one of those areas, so when I saw this book I new I had to grab it!

Echo is the first in a trilogy of paranormal romance and historical mystery books, and it doesn't disappoint. Not to be over dramatic but this is the book I have been waiting for. A historical book that has mystery and romance, and paranormal and loads and loads of history all in one place.
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By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Echo Prophecy (Echo Trilogy, #1) Lindsey Fairleigh.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

As you'll have guessed from my reviews I love paranormal romance, especially when there's a solid, strong storyline. Echo gives all that and more, I was entranced by this book, and luckily started it on a free day as I couldn't put it down til I'd finished. It's one of those where you're dying to know what will happen but then when you finally get to the end you feel sad, lost without the world and people that's so gripped you for the last few hours.
This books starts in an innocuous way, we meet Lex as a post grad student and then....she gets recruited for a dream expedition, meets the delicious sexy director Marcus, and learns more about her past. She starts to have weird dreams, finds out they're not dreams as such but insights into her past and present, and possibly her future...and its all allied to her strange parentage, which in turn connects closely to her interest in ancient languages and Egyptian mythology. There's some massive shocks in store for her, and a steep learning curve if she's to stay one step ahead of the people out to capture or kill her.
Lex was a terrific character, always been slightly alone with few friends, and as she learns more some of her past begins to make sense. When she meets Marcus there's an instant attraction between them and that was done so well, the way they flirt and always stop just this side of the line, both knowing they will cross, but prolonging the initial stages and enjoying it. Its really erotic but with so much of the overt in-your-face tasteless stuff that proliferates. Its how to make just a glance or a touch feel simmering, smouldering, sexy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time. 28 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
(Disclaimer: Dropped at 45% in. A digital ARC of this book was kindly provided by NetGalley.)

What a shame this book was such an incredible let down. I was actually really excited to read a paranormal romance against the backdrop of an Egyptian archaeological excavation. I know that paranormal romances are generally either completely terrible or surprisingly good, but I do enjoy reading them when they get it right. This book was not one of the surprisingly good paranormal romances. In fact, it put me in mind several times of Fifty Shades of Grey - Lex is as ungainly and unlike any real university student as Anastasia (who makes a dyspraxic like me look like a goddamn prima ballerina), and Professor Bahur is the smouldering Christian Grey, who may or may not have a dark past... All that, but with an Egyptian backdrop.

Well, actually, no. The Egyptian backdrop doesn't even come in until presumably way after the 50% mark, with Lex spending most of her time in Washington as she discovers the devastating secrets that led to her birth and prepares to head out for the excavation.

Lex is the main problem here. She is one of the worst Mary Sues I have ever read. It's 2013, you guys. Sure, you can write characters who are particularly talented or who have a great destiny ahead of them. However, the way Lex is handled utterly sours the reading experience. There's one part about 30% in where Lex takes a single afternoon to decipher an undecipherable stone tablet. I don't care that Lex has a `knack `for translating ancient languages, true breakthroughs come through a lot of hard work and knowledge in the field. Not just: "Hey guys look at how special I am!" She's also got special prophetic dreams and she's liked by everybody, especially her the gorgeous Professor Marcus Bahur.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blend of Romance, History, and Magic 15 Nov 2013
By Lesleigh J. Owen - Published on
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I love Egyptian mythology. I’m also a huge, unrepentant, nerdy fan of The Matrix. When the first Matrix movie occupied the theaters, so did I. Twelve times. I even, although don’t tell anyone I said so, kinda liked the Twilight series, especially the last two. Oddly enough, all of these loves collide in this book, in which the main character, Alexandra Larson, archaeologist and Egyptologist, stumbles across a race of beings on whom the ancient Egyptian divine mythologies were based. More, Lex learns she is not only one of them, but, like Neo, is The One. I’m a shameless fan of “The One” trope. How cool is it when a normal, even boring person, finds out she’s, oh, you know, the savior of the human race or something? Booyah! Finally and bizarrely, the gender dynamics between Echo Prophecy's two main characters reminded me a lot of the relationship between Bella and Edward in Twilight: arrogant and gorgeous man whom everyone wants falls madly, hopelessly, protectively in love with the shero, who cries a lot over him until they resolve their differences and have steamy sex.

Farleigh’s universe is creative and interesting. It’s also educational; I learned quite a bit more about those awesomely anthropomorphic Egyptian gods. She populates it with likable and unlikable people and a few who, as in real life, are both. (Heaven knows I like me some blurring of the traditional boundaries.)

Farleigh’s greatest strength, in my opinion, is her clever use of dialogue. She’s fantastic at portraying realistic patterns of speech. I like characters’ misunderstandings, slips of the tongue, and anxious stutterings; it’s a giant slice of relatable reality. My favorite character is Kat, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a shop owner. From her obsession with cute boys and her boob size to her eye rolling and use of popular slang, Kat is the quintessential straight teenager. She adds much-needed levity to balance the parts that feature violence, kidnapping, torture, and physiologically required sex. Gulp. Dominic, another character who becomes extremely important to Lex, also stole my heart. Despite the creep factor (you’ll know what I mean when you read it), had it become a love triangle among Lex, Marcus, and Dom, I would definitely have signed up for Team Dominic.

I admit it: I stayed up super late to finish this book. That’s just how it is. The creative universe and the cool race of superpeople sucks you in, but the skilled dialogue and the sweet and loving relationships between people (I love the relationship between Lex and her beloved mother!) in this novel keep you riveted.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of cat and mouse 19 Dec 2013
By Cindi Clubbs - Published on
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When I started reading the summary and saw that Echo Prophecy was about an Egyptian tomb and curse, I have to admit that I sighed. I’ve read plenty of books on Egyptian mummies and antiquities, romances and paranormal stories. Once I picked up the book and cracked the spine (ok, figuratively), though, I couldn’t put my eReader down. Alexandra, the protagonist, is a grad school student who finds herself having dreams that come true, learns that her father isn’t her biological parent, and is invited to work on one of the most exciting Egyptian expeditions all within a mind-numbingly short time frame. Poor Alexandra has gone from having a strong sense of self-identity to a dangerous game of cat and mouse with her life in danger.
Author Lindsey Fairleigh has found the perfect balance of romance, intrigue, paranormal aspects, and history to entertain the reader from tragic beginning to amazing ending. Her characters are realistic and human despite the inhuman aspects of several of the characters (No spoilers!!). The deep and loving bonds between Alexandra and her family, the love/hate bond of sisters, and the maternal instincts of parents that Fairleigh centers the mysteries of Egyptian gods and goddesses around gives the reader a sense of home and familiarity. On the flip side, Fairleigh has created a magnificent legendary story that’s fun and scary to read. Excellent book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, modern story with mystery, ancient Egyptian mythology and romance! 29 Dec 2013
By Nicole Richards - Published on
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The Echo Prophecy is well written and fun to read. Lex is a strong femaie lead who grows up through the series of events. The romance with Marcus wasn't central to the story but was a slow build throughout. The Egyptian mythology was fascinating and well incorporated into the lives of the characters. I'm eagarly anticipating the sequel!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book 22 Dec 2013
By Dbs - Published on
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Ancient Egyptian mythology, romance, subterfuge, enemies. Add a fantastic story line , a strong heroine and handsome hero made for great reading. Hope there's sequels in the works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read! 1 Nov 2013
By Chene - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. It could be because of my existing love of all things mythical related but either way I really enjoyed this book! At the beginning of the book there are maps which help you get a feel of the place when they get to Egypt. I think this was a brilliant idea as it helped the world building which was also great.

Characters: 4/5
I really enjoy the family dynamics Lindsey has brought to the story. When reading about Lex and her interactions with her Mom, Dad, Grandma, I felt a part of it and felt the love between them all. All her characters are lovable in their own way, even Set who is the 'bad' guy you love to hate.

Plot, Writing style & Cover: 4/5
Lindsey incorporated the title brilliantly in the story and the plot kept my attention. The plot is balanced, has great world building, and you can see that a lot of research has gone into the story. I felt like a smart Egyptologist! The writing is catching and the story is well put together.
Lindsey has an easy writing style, the story flows and she sets a great pace.

I am glad there was no cliff hanger. The ending was the perfect prelude to the next book.
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