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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
In an excellent new work by debut author, November Ellison, Beacon: Book One of the Jo Benally Series is a story that will grab readers from the very beginning and keep them reading obsessively all the way through to the very end! Following the story of Pastor Joanna Benally, a woman with a very complicated double life, readers will be taken on an adventure that they wouldn't have been able to imagine on their own! Jo's public life is that of a woman working to turn around troubled churches. But while on a work assignment in Newark, Ohio, she meets Cain, and her whole life changes. Cain is a man who claims to be both a vampire and history's oldest murderer. And when Jo has to kill in self-defense, her life changes even more when she discovers that she is a "beacon," a being that harnesses the power that allows vampires to feed from humans. Jo's life will never be the same, and the choices she makes now will affect both her and possibly all of humankind. What will she do? You'll need to read the book to find out.
I loved Beacon. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Author November Ellison has done an absolutely fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will be able to connect with, relate to, and will truly care about. If that isn't a hallmark of an excellent author, I'm not sure what is. Her scene setting ability is simply second to none, and her ability to create fantastic scenarios in realistic settings is excellent. This story line was quite unique, and was able to mix elements of fantasy, realism and religious thought together quite successfully. I highly recommend Beacon to any reader looking for a great new series, and I sincerely hope that the very talented new author, November Ellison, is already hard at work on the second installment. I, for one, will be waiting anxiously for its arrival!