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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Awakening by Udey Adoga begins with a prologue that speaks of the primordial time of darkness, a period before humanity when a sorcerer sacrificed his life to save humanity, four thousand years ago. The darkness of that time is about to happen, and Emily Crane, an ordinary girl who only wants to complete her education and become a teacher, has no idea about it. While celebrating her twenty-second birthday with friends, they are attacked by dark forces. There is a supernatural war between demons and demon hunters. Emily is saved by Desmond, a man with a not-so-good past. In a world filled with monsters and demons, Desmond must face his past and re-awaken his magic if he hopes to save Emily and stop hell from engulfing Earth.
This is a good read for those who enjoy the supernatural genre. It is written in the present tense and that makes the action even more immediate, scenes playing in the reader’s mind as though they were watching a movie. The story starts slowly, with a long introduction of the protagonist and her friends. Then war breaks out without warning, with Emily watching her friends and people around her being attacked by monsters. The characters are well-developed, and apart from Emily and Desmond, Aurora will be one of the most-followed characters in this story. The imagery is strong in this narrative, starting from the black smoke forcing itself into everyone’s mouths in a rapid way and Emily’s friend attacking her after being possessed. Udey Adoga has a great sense of plot and character, and the world-building is richly done. The Awakening is well-paced, and the relationship between Emily and Desmond cleverly developed. While there is awkward phrasing in some parts, this will make for a great read.