Title – Agent of Equilibrium
Author – N. J. Mercer
Genre – Fantasy
Length – 462 Pages
My Rating – 5/5 Stars
The gift had always been with him. But only now was he beginning to understand it. Sent by his mysterious benefactors to investigate a series of powerful psychic disruptions, Johnny crosses paths with the deadly Disciples of Disorder and suddenly more than just his life is at stake. It’s the very nature of Earth. Travelling north and confronting beings whose existence he couldn’t even have imagined, he discovers the Equilibrium that preserves all life in its current state, and learns of the terrifying forces that seek to overturn it. This journey will expose Johnny and his loyal companions to the fantastic, the sublime and the depraved. It will ultimately reveal to him the hidden conflict that defines reality itself. AGENT OF EQUILIBRIUM is a work of epic urban fantasy, combining elements of science fiction, horror and the occult. It will take you on a white knuckle ride through darkness and hope. It might even alter your perception of the world you think you know.
I’m a big fan of fantasy I must admit, so this book appealed to me straight away.
Personally I thought the plot of this story was just brilliant. I really enjoyed the idea that there are multiple forces in existence, Order, Disorder and those who wish to maintain the balance, the Equilibrium, add to this a healthy dose of guns and psychic abilities with a great plot and you’ve got a winner for me. I particularly liked the idea this power struggle goes on right underneath the noses of normal humans.
One of the other major things I enjoyed about this book was the characters themselves. As the story flows you learn more and more about them (some not so much.. but I do like a mysterious character or two).
It was a brilliant mix of characters too..We start off with Johnny but as the story progresses he is joined by others which bring their own individual talent to the group, for me this meant each character got a good amount page time.
Mr Kreb for me stood out as one of the main bad guys, silent but deadly. I would love to have got to know more about him and the world for which he came from
The story flowed really well; it built up nicely to the last couple of explosive chapters which left me in no doubt just how good the story is. At over 400 pages I thought it might take me a while to read but I was so engrossed that time went out the window..the sheer enjoyment I had from reading the story kept me reading into the early hours
I couldn’t imagine how the book was going to end until it did and i can’t wait to read more.. I hope the author has plans to revisit this world.. it would be such a shame if they didn’t.
One advantage I find from reading books on my kindle app is it helps me highlight things that stick out to me, things that don’t make sense to me etc. The only note I made was that I’d love to know more about the worlds of Disorder.. I was just enjoying the story so much I never needed to make any other notes
For me this was a fresh, interesting story that totally gripped my imagination and the author has left a great chance to expand on this tale which I sincerely hope they do.
My thanks go to Kate Appleton @ Authoright for the chance to read and review the book