A Chimera’s Revenge by Eve Langlais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The mad scientist and his patient!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 🤓☹️😙🥰
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Jane – she knew Adrian Chimera since they were young where she was the most popular girl in high school and often spoke up against bullies for wheelchair bound Adrian, who had a motor neuron disease (same as Stephen Hawking). She overdosed on prom night and he absconded with her body, putting her in his penthouse in a hospital room, giving her his experimental genetic treatments but she has remained in a coma for the past 20 years.
The Hero: Dr. Adrian Chimera – He was the founder of the Chimearam Clinic. He created the clinic and was the scientist behind the genetic experiments that have gone on there. In previous books he has shown to be morally corrupt and though from time to time, he has shown a bit of regret, he has also hasn’t been transparent with his patients about what side effects might come from the treatments they have gotten for their ailments. The patients believe they are lifesaving treatments and will do anything for a chance to live, but they don’t know that they might be changed into monsters.
The Story: Adrian has enemies at his gates, coming after him and he decides to get rid of much of the evidence of his illegal experiments. Since Jane has never woken from her coma, he finally gives up on her and burns down the penthouse with her in it. However, the heat from the fire is what finally brings he out of the coma. She is a phoenix and rises from the ashes so to speak.
The book is told in multiple points of view via solo narration. The narrator was Troy Duran like the rest of the series. I love his narration, he uses a variety of voices for different characters. He did a great growly lion for the last book and he does a terrific intelligent sounding voice for Chimera. His female voice is vastly different and though I really dislike when males do female voices and vice versa, Troy’s female voice is much more palatable than most.
I didn’t know if I would like this one, since Adrian is pretty much the evil mad scientist in the first three books. Even if he is saving the lives of his patients, he does so by misleading them and downright lying to them, keeping them locked up at times and some of them that become feral, he had kept in cages. He wouldn’t kill any of them unless absolutely necessary, not for their benefits, but because he thought he could continue to learn from them.
Though Adrian’s back story did make him more relatable and he became likable when dealing with Margaret and Becky who are both pregnant with the first hybrid children from his genetic experiments (Luke is the wolfman from book 1 and Becky is the mermaid from book 2). The story was certainly different which is good.
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