Gates of Rapture (Guardians of Ascension, #6)
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Gates of Rapture
Caris Roane

As a vampire and a warrior, Leto Distra is deadly. But after years of being forced to drink dying blood, he is now part beast—a wild savage thing lurking beneath the surface. With war on the horizon, Leto is determined to help the Guardians of Ascension destroy the enemy who turned him into a monster. And there’s only one woman who can help him.

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Mass Market Paperback, 406 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by St Martins Press (first published December 24th 2012)
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Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus
Dear Miss Roane,

Let me take the time out of my busy schedule of kids, husband, work (job), work (being a housewife)and reading to point out to you that I would like all the books in this series now! I do not believe I am being unreasonable. If you believe I am being "unreasonable" then please blame yourself.

Yes woman you heard me right! All your fault. Why you may ask? Because you write freakishly fantastical amazingly good. You have me in knots thinking about what will happen. Bringing up all...more
valee
I will admit it started a bit too slow as it took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I could not put the book down. While Leto and Grace were not my favorite couple (something that surprised me because I was in love with Leto from the previous books and I just thought his book would blow my mind), I still had a great time reading this instalment. The plot got better and better with EVERY page and I completely got into the story. This book helped to remind me why I like this author...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Before starting to write the review I want to thank Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with the ARC
Don't read the review if you're not up to date with the series, it has minor spoilers.
Rating: 4.5*
Characters: Grace and Leto

The story starts 5 months from where Thorne’s and Marguerite’s book ended. CR sets the scene perfectly, showing us what Leto and Grace are doing at the moment and, at the same time, giving us information of the changes in her world. Leto, the spy playing vampire...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
This is one of the best vampire series romances out there today. Gates of Rapture didn’t disappoint me one bit, as a matter of fact, I enjoyed it more than any other. I loved the connection between the characters and I loved how the whole world was explained. This is a fast pace, fantasy romance, that will leave you thinking that this story has a neat,tied up ending, but don’t let things fool you.

I feel like a lot of people have this series confused with angels, but these are truly vampires, th...more
Coral
According to the author, this book is the last in the series under the current publisher. She will be self-publishing the rest of the series. As such, there were a lot of tying of loose ends to make it look like the end of the series. Ironically, this wrapping up of plot-threads is what made me hesitant to give the book 5 stars.

I was sad to read that St. Martin Press wanted a different series from the author thus having to end this one early because I love the premise of this series. I love the...more
Cindy So
I LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT!

This was such a great ending to a wonderful series!

I just hope for more stories, like Luken, Zach and Santiago's story.
And Endelle's own story. It all ended so SUDDEN!

But hey, I'm not complaining since it does have a HEA! :)

Read this series peeps! :D
Kajol
4.3 stars!

An advance copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

The story of Leto Distra and Grace of Albion is the one, that I have to say I liked most in the whole Ascension series, and not just because of the characters- because Jean-Pierre and Fiona win that trophy- but because of the whole, overall picture that was so nicely and entertainingly presented.

The best part about this book was that it was the most well-developed, well-written and consisted characters you could actuall...more
Hbeebti
Best one so far. Loved it!
Jaime
I had not read the previous books in this series, and I wasn’t exactly lost. The author did catch up the reader on the goings on of the character’s as the story went along, and there was a glossary of terms. I suppose it was because this is the last in the series that the author felt she had to wrap up every storyline. For me that was a problem, there were so many characters with so much going on it was hard at times to focus on the main hero and heroine.

I liked the idea of the book. I haven’t s...more
Beth
Leto Distra, was thought to be a traitor to the warriors of second earth. Over 100 years ago, Leto left the warrior’s guild and joined Greave’s by building him an army. But all isn’t what it seems, Leto was asked to take his place with Greave’s as a spy. Now he is back in the warrior’s fold but suffering for the choices he had to make under the heartless Greave’s.

Grace Albion is Leto’s breh and a member of the obsidian flame power that could save 2nd Earth. Grace must embrace her power as well a...more
Dianne
As the final book in the Guardians of Ascension Series, GATES OF RAPTURE had some pretty big boots to fill! Not a problem! In the telling of the tormented Leto's story, the joining of the Obsidian Flame's Triad, the impending battle against the evil Greaves and his Death Vampires, and the almost human-like behavior of Endelle, this was a turbulent, fast-paced, action-packed read!

Without telling too much, the love story between Leto and Grace, with their insecurities, trust and guilt issues was v...more
Neisau *Loves Alpha Males in any form*
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Michelle
Overall I really liked this series. The 1st, 2nd and 5th books were awesome, but the 3rd and 4th were only okay. This last one is a terrible disappointment. It took me about 5 days to finish it. I usually can't put a book down and have finished the others in 1 1/2 days. There was way too much going on and much of that content was not very interesting. There were too many little battles. I love hearing from other favorite character's p.o.v.s but there was way too much to follow. I often got frust...more
Nicole
Somewhere in between 4 and 4.5 Stars!

Gates of rapture has to be one of my favorites of the series. As the battle against Greaves comes to a head, Leto and Grace must play their roles and find their path in both the war and their breh. I must commend Caris Roanes for the other characters like Endelle, Casimir, Patience, Brulio etc. They're amazing secondary characters that I wouldn't mind hearing more about. Casimir in particular. I still have a big soft spot for Alison and & Kerrick and Anto...more
Griff
Grace is awesome. Love her and Leto's story. So many unanswered questions finally answered.
Pat (ireadthatbook.com)
4.5stars actually

The last of a series is always bittersweet and has so much work to do -- but luckily the adventures of our kilted, flying vamps is spun off to a sister series but not before doing their due diligence here.

Tortured warrior Leto Ditra's star turns starts a little slow for my taste as he is still in mourning for his relationship with Grace Albion. But not for long as Grace's decision to join the war as a fighter kick-starts the action in Endelle's camp as well as in Greaves' as G...more
Inky
This is going to be a harsh review. I like this storyline and have a lot of time invested in reading it so I think that earns the right to be picky.

I had a hard time getting into this book. The first 50% was like walking through mud. It normally takes me two days to read a good book… this took me just under three weeks. I kept loosing interest and my mind would wonder so I'd put it down.

It dawned on me at one point that it wasn't the story itself -- the characters, the situations they were al...more
Ally
DNF.

Wolf with Benefits is only the second book I've read in the Pride series and I have to say I love this series. It is laugh out loud funny. I read this while at home which I was glad about because then I only get funny looks from my other half instead of random strangers or co-workers wondering what the hell I'm reading.
Toni is a great character. Actually all the characters in Wolf with Benefits are well written and humorous. But Toni really shines through she feels she's not the smartest in...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Readers first meet Leto as one of Greave’s death vampires. Leto even fights Alison in a spectacle event in Ascension. Leto has built Greave’s one hell of huge army while he worked for him. As the series has progressed we discovered that Leto was working for someone else, and that someone is also taking orders from someone else. Readers discover so much about all of this. I loved Leto from the beginning. The hero that was once an unknown is always my favorite.

I was a bit nervous about Grace init...more
Deborah


A climactic ending to a stellar series . Just as with the other books in the series , Gates of Rapture is filled with twists & turns . With more than it's fair share of action the story will keep the reader on the edge of their seat . Yet , it is at heart , a story of redemption .
For over a century , Leto allowed his brethren to think him a traitor while he served as a spy in Greaves army . Now , he is suffering , with body & soul , for the things he did at the socio-paths behest . He i...more
Lisa Annesley
4.5♥s

Leto was thought to be a traitor to the Warriors of the Blood, but it was revealed that he'd been a spy in the enemy's army—Darian Greaves' army—for 100 years. Previously, Grace rescued Leto from Greaves and Leto and Grace discovered that they were brehs, fated mates. Unfortunately, Grace also discovered that she was the breh of the hedonistic enemy, Casimir. She sees in a vision that she must leave Leto and be with Casimir in order for Leto to survive in the future. And so she hurts Leto a...more
Firstpella
All in all a very good read to wrap up the 'original series' - lots of loose ends from large (come on Ms. Roane, you still have 3 original WotB to make happy/find love) to smaller (Endelle and 'Shorty' need to have a book dedicated to them and not just a 'lets get busy and naked now' - they waited 5,000 years! to be together) to smallest (no way would Greaves just go thru the Baptism Pools and become redeemed...you can't redeem pure evil and his is - he will be back and probably worse than befor...more
Shauni
The Vampires of Ascension have returned and are in full scale sexiness!! Caris Roane has ridden this wave to it's peak and now lets forth the fury of her words and allows it to crash to the shore!!!

We have watched the Warriors fall one by one and finally we see Leto find his way. We left Second Earth with Grace having found out that she has not one but two Breh.. an unheard of concept and Grace choosing Casimer not Leto.. seriously? Leto is all that is noble, having given up decades of his life...more
Shanna Hurd
The books in this series are not your normal vampire romances. This is a really interesting series, and I really enjoyed this latest installment. The romance aspect is nicely done. It is a given that the couple should end up together, but the outside conflicts and influences trying to keep them apart are well done. The over-arching plot involving a war spanning multiple dimensions and multiple versions of Earth is really fascinating. There is plenty of sex for those that are looking for it, but...more
Mayanna
*This Review Reveals Exert's from the Novel*
Gates of Rapture the sixth book in the Guardian of Ascension Series receives a 2
I have just finished this book and can't help but feel both disappointment, somewhat of acceleration and cheated.

Firstly disappointment because I have waited what feels like a decade for this continuation of this series; I ordered it from Chapters and have waited two weeks since I have purchased it to read this novel so that it would be given my full intention without inter...more
Ellen
This review is also available at my blog:
http://neverkissandblog.blogspot.com....

This is the sixth and final book of the Guardians of Ascension series, with the story continuing later with The Darkening, which will be the second of the Dawn of Ascension spin-off novella series. This will be following on from Brink of Eternity.

Caris Roane has done it again. Going into Obsidian Flame, I was ready to hate Marguerite but I ended up loving her. However going into Gates of Rapture I was really, ready...more
Tracey
Giving this book 3.5 stars.

This is generally Leto and graces story, but so many more are part of it.

This is part six of a series, and to be honest I think would be wise to read previous books to get a grasp on the whole world they live in.

There are mortal humans and ascended humans who become vampires, there not turned it just happens, there are also different levels of vampire, which live on different dimensions. The vampires have wings and can fold (travel through space), and some can fold thr...more
Hillary
Okay, I normally don't bother writing reviews - I figure my star rating says it all, but I felt compelled with this one. I really enjoyed the rest of the series but this one just left me feeling incomplete. Supposedly its the last of the series, but we still have 3 warriors who don't have stories - so that feels unfinished.

The 5th book gave so many good teasers about the main couple, but they just fell flat for me when they finally got their own book. The final battle felt anti-climactic especi...more
Iris (Paranormal Cravings)
Gates of Rapture, sixth book of the The World of Ascension Series and therefore also the final one! I have to say I was really looking forward reading this book! But I have to say I have some mixed feeling while writing this review. For one thing I had never taken so much time to finish a book. I just couldn’t get in to the flow. It was absolute not a page turner. Although the story is strong, world building realistic and the characters as good as they can get. I still was missing something!

This...more
Susan
Yes, Endelle needs her own book!
 photo Endelle_Acension.jpgOverall
This is the last book of the series (from her publishing house at least). What I liked about this book was that Leto and Grace were able to complete the breh-hedden without any of the drama of the other pairs. Though that’s not entirely true either - as the only reason why they completed it was because they both had a certain intuition that they needed to do so. Really? A gut feeling? Too much of any course of action in this series is because someone had a...more
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