The Fall of the Gods by Nicola Bagalà

The Fall of the Godsby Nicola Bagalà
The Elynx Saga Book One (Original Title: La Caduta degli Dèi)
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (132 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

When new graduate Yuki Kashizawa moves to London for her PhD, she is certainly not expecting to be dragged into a mystery. At the Deverex Tower, an ultra-modern skyscraper and her new home, Yuki bumps into the extravagant Rupert Howards. He involves her in his personal investigation on the building’s former owner, Edwin Deverex, a brilliant scientist who vanished into thin air years before.

The prime suspect, Ayleen Marker, hides more than one secret, and the connection between the enigmatic past told in her dreams and Deverex’s disappearance is unlike anything Yuki and Rupert could ever imagine. The investigation takes an alarming turn when Rupert discovers that the Deverex Tower’s hidden technological wonders have fallen into the wrong hands…

When one of the world’s richest and most eccentric researchers disappears without a trace leaving behind a vast empire of scientific and technological advances; many interested parties look to investigate. Yet, years later there is still no trace of Edwin Deverex. Life moves on and the posh Deverex Tower is revamped to become a small cityscape bustling with various activity. Yuki Kashizawa moves to London to stay in the Deverex Tower while completing her Ph.D. in Mathematics, never suspecting that she would become entangled in an enigma that will cause her to question everything that she has come to understand.

The story also follows the life of Ayleen, a woman who awakened in the middle of the desert, alone and without memories, found by the missing Edwin Deverex long before his disappearance. Ayleen is trying to piece her memories back together through lucid dreams as she struggles to come to terms with the unexpected disappearance of Mr. Deverex.

The one who can provide the most information on the disappearance of Mr. Deverex is the character Hex. Hex plays a strong role near the middle of the story, which interestingly enough, would not have even involved Yuki if she had not been looking for more to life than completing her Ph.D.

The various story lines blend nicely together and the story itself is greatly researched. Although the bulk of the description lends itself primarily to the sciences and description of technology, the action and combat scenes do not lack in story-telling quality.

I personally struggled at the beginning of the story with the complex sub-plot story lines and narrative style which frequently overlapped, jumping from one scene to the next, often without warning. As the story moves forward the frequent jumping from scene to scene begins to lighten, lending to easier reading. The original story is written in Italian, which lends to a bit of translation and technical errors, which I feel can be overlooked for the underlying quality of the overall story line.

This is a shorter story, which is the first in the Elynx Series. By the end of the first book I found myself wondering where the author may take the second or further subsequent books. I found myself fascinated with the overall plot of the series and I look forward to future work by this author. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book if you would like to experience an adventure outside of what we often consider normal!

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