Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 by Colleen Gleason, Joss Ware

Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 by Colleen Gleason, Joss WareSeries: Envy Chronicles #1
on January 12, 2010
Pages: 398
AmazonNarrator: Sebastian Fields
A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

Dystopian novels are tough ones for me. Their subject matter lends them more towards the horror trope in my opinion, so it’s usually the romance that keeps me interested. The romance was there but I didn’t connect with the main characters Elliott Drake and Jade Redfern.

I will say the narrator Sebastian Fields did a good job, but I found the plot to be a tad dry. Elliott and a group of guys survived 50 years in a cave when an apocalyptic event occurred. Various survivors now exhibit a supernatural power and Elliott, who was a doctor prior to his hibernation, inherited a healing power. Jade had been hiding after being a prison by some creatures but she has joined the resistance to fight off the alien creatures who have set up camp on earth.

Elliott and Jade kind of had insta-love but I found it okay as the world had changed and everyone needed comfort and the peace that comes from having a partner. But they had a constant tug of war as they were establishing their power dynamic and they were both pretty stubborn. I found the book to be slow but I realize the author was engaged in world and character building. So I expect book 2 to be faster paced. All in all, it was a good beginning to the series.


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