An interesting start to the series. I just wish Mason wasn't so oblivious to the magical world around him. His mentor says he has great potential--I w...moreAn interesting start to the series. I just wish Mason wasn't so oblivious to the magical world around him. His mentor says he has great potential--I was to see some of that realized in his character. I love the idea of the Ifrit companions and want to see more of what happens with them in the next book. I also want to know why Mason and Victor are so at odds with each other. It would make their snippy attitudes make more sense.(less)
I was pleased with the first release in this new series. It's a classic tale of good versus evil filled with demons, vampires and numerous otherworldl...moreI was pleased with the first release in this new series. It's a classic tale of good versus evil filled with demons, vampires and numerous otherworldly creatures. Yet Ms. Hilaire has skillfully woven in numerous twists and turns in the background of her Paladin characters to make them and her book unique. To have Roland, one of those Paladins changed into a vampire and dealing with a dual nature is a great premise. She used his unusual situation, added in a rare female to their world and let us watch as creatures of the underworld tried to capture her. It added in angst, fear and lots of action, all while Roland and Karissa learned to trust and love each other.
In actuality the author weaves in just about everything I could want in a paranormal romance.There are nicely developed characters, a complicated plot with plenty of well spaced background information, vivid descriptions, a fast pace and nasty vampiric villains. There's even a long ago prophecy about Karissa's coming. What more could I want?
Please be aware that there a several points of views expressed here, including an adolescent femalevampire, and they all help to move the plot along. The last scenes are filled with action, danger and excitement, and I have to admit I was surprised at the ending. I look forward to the next look into the Paladin world. (less)
Another good read in the series. In fact, I think this one might be my favorite. The story is well written and complicated, the plot fast but smooth f...moreAnother good read in the series. In fact, I think this one might be my favorite. The story is well written and complicated, the plot fast but smooth flowing and the secondary characters numerous. In this third release we learn more about the society, magic, the spell books and the world in which Ray now lives. Here also the relationship of Ray and Annalise changes further, deepening into something completely foreign to a peer and wooden man. These two and the world Mr. Connolly has created in enthralling and I was sad to learn that this was his last book in the series for a while. With so much potential with this world I'll be honest. I want another book now and not later.(less)
I loved this. The plotting is complicated, with a capital C, intertwining with past lives, various powers, historical figures, and current power strug...moreI loved this. The plotting is complicated, with a capital C, intertwining with past lives, various powers, historical figures, and current power struggles. Add in danger, death, betrayal, deceit, anger, suspense and even some fear and you've got all the components needed for a book to grab and keep you attention.
Yes, Diana was a bit frustrating initially with her unwillingness to confront her magical heritage but I knew that all those pieces would eventually fall into place and they did. The author did a great job of weaving this intricate sage into a cohesive whole, drawing the reader into a world built from the fabric of our present and creative bits of her own.
While checking out Ms. Harkness's website late last night I found a note indicating that Warner Bros had optioned this one and the other two in the trilogy which has to be exciting for her. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to see what happens when she tinewalks Matthew and Diana into past.(less)
A spin-off from the Moonlight Breed series which I wasn't expecting when I started reading, so the beginning was a little confusing with all the unfam...moreA spin-off from the Moonlight Breed series which I wasn't expecting when I started reading, so the beginning was a little confusing with all the unfamiliar names. Fortunately that passed rather quickly.
It's a fun and entertaining look into the making of a new coven. The story is well plotted with a smooth flow, it has good descriptions and characters with interesting personalities. There are twists and turns interspersed throughout to keep a reader's attention and plenty of action near end that draws in both old and new characters. I love Jory. He's a sweet and lovable guy that deserves to find happiness and watching him come out of his shell is fun to watch. That he gets to find love and home only makes it better. I hope to see more of him in future releases. (less)