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Reviewed by Nicholus Schroeder for Readers' Favorite
In Of Us and Them by T. L. Coughlin, the year is 2120. Earth is a dissolute wasteland and humanity is a shadow of its former self. Ancient texts speak of divine intervention in such times. Times of chaos. Beings known as Leviathans are said to bring about the evolution and salvation of humanity in such trying times, to fulfill the rumored prophecies of old. An ancient order called Nexum works tirelessly to deliver humanity’s salvation. They are the protectors of the chosen vessels for the Leviathans: the Paladins. Once the last Paladin, Evren, joins the other eleven, the ritual is held. To everyone’s dismay, however, it’s a failure. Evren is distraught and blames herself for taking so long to mature. This is the least of her worries though as a fellow Paladin is found brutally murdered after their pity party. Evren fears for her and her newfound friends’ lives. She vows to catch the killer and bring the fiend to justice. Will she prevail? Or will she be the next to perish?
Of Us and Them was a pleasant read for me. It was interesting, well-written, and the plot kept me hooked. Even later on in the book it still had a great number of surprises for me. So kudos to T. L. Coughlin for providing a well-thought-out and constantly interesting plot. The pacing throughout was also great. There was a nice balance between the slower, more intimate, and light-hearted moments and the more frantic and chaotic scenes that were beautifully relayed to me. The cast of characters was very organic and well-written. I loved getting to know more about each of them as the story progressed. The lore present in this book was also very interesting. Great and well-established lore is very important for me in a book of mythology. T. L. Coughlin delivered and I’m more than satisfied with the well-written lore. In conclusion, I enjoyed my time with this book, and it's a really good read. I have no doubt that mythology lovers will definitely love Of Us and Them.