This somewhat sobering paranormal novella has a relatively limited cast of characters who are traveling through a stark and depressing landscape yet manage to find one another and establish a connection. The horrific beings that oppose them seem to get increasingly grotesque and the heroine’s erratic powers cause doubt about the success of their quest. The story is somewhat uneven and the characters could use a bit more background but the story is an imaginative light read and establishes the setting for the ‘Mayan Destiny’ series which continues with “Mayan Craving” and “Mayan Inferno”.
“Mayan Afterglow” by A.S. Fenichel is a post-apocalyptic paranormal tale that blends mythology and magic in a world that has been trapped in winter since the cataclysmic event known as the ‘End of Days’. Ian Scott has been eking out survival by using his skills as a thief but is startled to become pivotal in a struggle involving Aileen Grant who has the power to either facilitate or prevent Mictlantecuhtli’s (aka Lord of the Dead) passage from his dimension into the world. Their journey to Mexico with its essential Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon will require ingenuity, luck and an ability to fight.
They called it The End of Days after humanity met with near annihilation. Ten months later, the real end is coming.
Aileen Grant’s powerful psychic gifts have been nothing but a curse since the day she was born. She’d given up all hope of escaping the demonic grasp of Mictlan, The Lord of the Dead, until an enigmatic thief snatches her out of Hell. With something to live for, she convinces Ian to join her on a treacherous journey to save the world.
Ian Scott is stealing from long-deserted homes when he pulls Aileen’s unconscious body from a strange bolt of lightning. Aileen is the last thing that Ian wants or needs, but her quiet beauty and courageous heart bind him to her in ways he never imagined, and ignite passions he’s never known.