Name of Book: Lifethread
By: L.j. Charles
Copyright Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 263 (Kindle edition)
Format: YA fiction, paranormal
Reason for Reading: (disclosure) I was given a copy for review; however, my thoughts are my own.
McKenna is a priestess to the Fate Atropos-the cutter. It is her job to the cut the lifethreads of demons. She is not human, but has to keep repeating her senior year of high school for all eternity until she is granted humanity. She works with two other priestesses whom she considers to be sisters. Shea is priestess to the Fate Clotho-the spinner-and her job is to assist in the creation of life. The Fate Lachesis-the apportioner-has Merritt as her priestess. Merritt can spin time. The sisters work together to rid the world of demons and prevent them from possessing humans.
On McKenna’s fiftieth anniversary as priestess, she is given a new job. Now she is responsible for cutting the lifethreads of humans in addition to demons. Her first assignment? Nathan Quinn. He also just happens to be the first guy that McKenna has had feelings for in many many years of her long existence. In her attempts to fulfill her task, things get very complicated for the three priestesses.
I have read a lot of paranormal books over the years, but they mainly focus on witches, vampires, werewolves, and sometimes ghosts. Lifethread is refreshing for the paranormal genre as it centers on the Fates. Sure, there are demons involved, but vampires are purely a myth in this realm. I liked that the priestesses, while not human, were not overloaded with special abilities. They each have one gift and one curse from the Fates. The gift is to aid the priestesses in their demon hunting; the curses are to help them understand humanity better. McKenna is gifted with superskin. Her skin is nearly impenetrable, which comes in handy when demon fighting. Thus she doesn’t have to worry about the usual scrapes and cuts that ordinary folk do. Her curse is an innate fear of water. For the record, McKenna does not have super strength or any other powers normally associated with slayers and demon hunters.
Because I ❤ Buffy, I did enjoy the few references peppered through the book. And because I am a House of Night fan, I liked that Charles chose Nyx over Themisno as the mother of the Fates. (The fates are the children of Zeus and either Nyx or Themisno.) So it was fun to see the girls call out to Zeus and Nyx in their times of need.
McKenna is a great character with strengths and flaws. She has a strong moral compass, is very determined even when she is quaking with fear. She is also quite stubborn and pigheaded at times. She tends to act before she thinks at times, which can be cause for serious trouble.
I found the story to be very engaging. I really enjoyed reading about the three priestesses. Their adventures are harrowing and perilous. The bond between the three girls is very strong. Also, the ending was unexpected, which pleased me very much.
A well-edited, self-published novel. A fun, engaging paranormal read about the Fates.