Book Reviews

Requiem (Falling Awake 3) by Kristoffer Gair

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 22-February-2024

Book Blurb

They targeted him before he was ever born. They will hunt him. They will execute anyone around him. They will rip his innocence away, corrupt him, and twist him into an instrument of terror. He will give the world reason to fear, fear the unknown, and he will do this lifetime after lifetime after lifetime.

Except this time, Daniel Davis hasn’t come back alone.

Four souls have returned with him, would-be protectors who’ve vowed to shield him from this fate. If they succeed, Daniel will turn what is into what can be. And if they fail, his light will dim and fade…forever


Book Review

A belief that we don’t just live one life. Faith that we continue on and the people we’ve loved in previous lives do, too. Hope that what we do in each life means something even if we don’t know it at the time. It is these ideas that Kristoffer Gair has brought to life in ‘Requiem’ the third book in his ‘Falling Awake’ series. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading these books in order. And that tissues are going to be needed, as the author left me with tears streaming down my face more than once during my read.


“He couldn’t be helped. Nobody’d ever been helped. Hidden, yes, and always found. There was no help for those like him. Not without others. Not without design. Something no one ever attempted.”


Daniel, the light, Tam, the heart, Amanda, the enforcer, Larenz, the hider, and Alex, the protector. Each of these individuals have lived many lives trying to destroy the bad, the evil, the darkness that corrupts souls. A soul that is filled with light, like Daniel’s, is one they will work very hard at trying to turn to their bidding. The four souls chose to return with Daniel in order to combat the evil and in the hope that being with him almost from the beginning might give them enough ammunition to prepare him for what was to come.


“We’ll all become echoes, Daniel, occasionally heard from on shitty speakers. And goddamn it, I want more. I need to know my life counts for something.” ~ Alex


A concept has been broached more than once in these books. One of a plan, no a design, to battle these bad people, and the genius of the storytelling here is how each small thing, even some random off the cuff comment made by an incarnation in one life, has repercussions down the road in the next incarnation. I don’t know whether there’s anything past this life, but I know that the idea of being able to live it over and over, continually coming into contact in some way or another with loved ones, is a joy I feel deep inside.


‘Requiem’ has been an emotional journey for me in many ways. It is a spiritual battle at its very core, but the concept of family—across the years and through lifetimes—along with friendship and love resonate in every word on every page. The story is powerful. The characters are beautiful. I cried, a lot, and I’m sorry I waited so long to read this, but perhaps I read it when I was meant to. Thank you to the author for the amazing feelings and ideas he has left in my head and in my heart.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 476 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-July-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback
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