Cronin’s Key by N.R. Walker (Cronin’s Key #1)


Original Title: Cronin’s Key

Year Published: 2015

Published by: Self-published

Number of Pages: 263

First Sentence: “Detective Alec MacAidan ran through the dark, wet back streets of New York City.”

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec’s view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He’d been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn’t expect him to be human, and he certainly didn’t expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn’t always what it seems.

My thoughts:

I bought this book only because the cover caught my eye. Then the plot summary didn’t seem too shabby so I figured “why not?”. And I have not regretted that. It’s actually the first book I have read with the main character being gay, and sometimes during the book it felt like the romance was a little bit forced. It might be because the author is a woman and put a heterosexual filter over the characters behaviour. Don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter.

The plot itself was really good. Vampires can be difficult to write since there are so many different versions, but Walker has done a good job. The way vampire society is portrayed in this book was really interesting, and the idea that the ancient Egyptian gods actually were vampires and not gods was a new take on vampire lore for me. One that I really liked.

There is a mix of great characters, but to me they seem to be a little flat at times. There is no real character development and the little there was seemed rushed. Despite this, the characters were likable and interesting to read about.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes. It is a good book and well worth reading.


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