2 out of 4 stars
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Tales of extraterrestrial visitors have been stuff of myth and legend throughout history. Some believe that the lives of humans and aliens have been interwoven from the earliest instances of our history. Morgan Daughtry explores this topic and more in They Called Us The Anunnaki: A Tale of Vengeance, Treachery, and the Birth of Evil. The novel begins with the introduction of the Anunnaki, the name humans gave extraterrestrials. Their home planet, Anchante, is on the verge of collapse, leading to the Anunnaki having to set out in search of a new home. Along the way, they settle on Earth until an imminent meteor strike causes a split in their people. Some chose to stay on Earth while the rest continued their journey to find a new home. This home ends up being four planets within the Valende Ster Galaxy. These planets awaken the dormant powers of the Anunnaki, some of which include resurgence and telepathy. One of the Anunnaki, a woman named Natasa, is bestowed the honor of guarding three crystals that hold immense power. Only someone from her bloodline is able to wield their power. Unfortunately, a power-hungry Anunnaki named Vartan wishes to control the crystals, threatening the safety of both the Anunnaki and Earth.
The world constructed within They Called Us The Anunnaki was fantastical. The depictions of the new worlds the Anunnaki settled were beautiful. I especially enjoyed the description of Encanterra, the most Earth-like of the planets. It was described as having vivid waters colored “in tones of cyan, aquamarine, and turquoise with streaks of fuchsia.” The descriptive imagery of the setting caught my attention. The plot also proved promising. I was curious to learn more about the relationship between humans and the Anunnaki, as well as if Vartan would be successful in his endeavors. I really appreciated that a glossary was included at the end of the book. It covered the types of powers that the Anunnaki possessed. This helped me understand their extent and meaning. I only wish that some of the terms applied to the Anunnaki were included in this section as well. For example, I would sometimes get mixed up with the difference between the variety of classes of Anunnaki, such as the Okomanu. Including them in the glossary would have aided me in keeping track of everything.
Despite the promising setting and premise, I found the execution to be a bit lacking. While there was a note at the beginning stating that the book was to serve as a primer to the world of the Anunnaki rather than a traditional character-driven novel, I found the book hard to follow. Numerous characters and subplots were introduced throughout the book’s 200 pages, making it difficult to keep up with them. The novel switches focus at a dizzying rate. As a result, I did not really get attached to any of the characters or get a strong feel for their personalities. I think that if the goal was to develop the setting, the book fell a bit short. Descriptions of the world and the intricacies of the Anunnaki’s society were sparse; the book mostly focused on Vartan’s quest for power.
They Called Us The Anunnaki contained errors, mostly composed of inconsistent names and improper word usage. For example, the spelling of Zandar switches to Zandor randomly. While these errors did not significantly detract from my enjoyment of the novel, they indicate that it still needs to undergo professional editing.
I rate They Called Us The Anunnaki 2 out of 4 stars. While the premise was interesting and I was curious to learn more about the intricacies of the Anunnaki’s world, the editing errors and rushed plot prevent me from giving it a higher rating. I would recommend the novel to readers who are interested in science-fiction, fantasy, and alien life. Readers who are sensitive to topics like gore and sexual assault may be triggered by the book’s contents.
They Called Us The Anunnaki
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