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Servant: The Awakening

(Servant #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Urban paranormal fantasy featuring Gabrielle Cody: Servant. Slayer. Seducer.

Gabrielle Cody has the ability to see the demons among us as they really are-and the responsibility to destroy them. She can't allow anyone to get in her way, even the magnetic Detective Luther Cross. Sensing a malevolent presence watching and stalking her, Gaby is drawn again and again to an aba
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Berkley
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Apr 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
In a nutshell, the book has Gaby (Gabrielle Cody) getting vague messages/feelings from 'God', and goes forth to vanquish the evil God sends her (in the way of knife slashing and viciousness). There's a not-so-plucky assistant/punching bag named Mort, and along the way she meets a cop, Luther Cross, who spends his time following her around and emanating sexual tension (apparently). It's an all right premise (sorta), made terrible by the characterization and execution.

I ended up disliking the main
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers of Kim Harrison
(I really toyed with rating this book 3 stars, because I guess I did like it, but a lot of it is so ridiculous that I had to give it 2.)

Gabrielle Cody is a twenty-one-year-old young women with a mission - from God. When there's evil around that needs to be dispatched, she receives a message in the form of intense physical pain that directs her to where she needs to be to fight it. While on a case to dispense with some creatures that have been mutated beyond the form of their own inner evil, she
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly a really good read. A bad as girl given a gift from God to see and slay demons finally meets her match, who is just as eager to help humanity as she is. Can not wait to find the second!
Mar 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled through this book and ultimately I have to say that I really didn't like this one. Why? There are so many issues that I'm not sure how to adequately put them all into this review without it sounding like a rant against the novel. I think that what might ultimately describe this book the best is that this would have been far better served as a short story or at most, a novella. There's the basis of an interesting story here, but there's not enough character development or story to jus ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Wot? I didn 't realize until I came here to review this book that it was second in a series. I truly do feel this is not something I should have to turn to the internet to discover.

ETA: I have since discovered that this is in fact book one, and it was incorrectly entered on goodreads. Sorry, book, for maligning your character!

I've belatedly realized this a pet peeve, so I apologize to everyone who is rational on the subject, but realizing this is a second book has lowered my opinion of it. What
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
After a shaky start, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book.

I don't do synopsis as you can read them for yourself. I liked both Luther and Gaby. I like that Gaby was tough but vulnerable and although some of the things we were supposed to believe about her were a bit of a stretch, looking over the whole of the book, it made sense. There were some truly humourous moments along with all the kick-ass action. The romance in this story has only just begun and no doubt will heat up with ongoing book
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fantasy
Gaby feels horrible pain which leads her to find evil so that she can destroy it. For some reason, she chooses to battle evil in flip-flops. Luther is a cop who sees Gaby successfully defend herself against some men who grab her and decides this is suspicious. He procedes to follow her everywhere, invade her home without a warrant, threaten to arrest her for various violent crimes he has no clear reason to connect her with, verbally and physical harrass her, and grab her breasts. Did I mention t ...more
I bought this book in Book Sale because I was caught with the synopsis and the picture on the first page. At first, I really can't keep on reading this book since it was kinda dull and I was like, "okay, this is another book where the author wrote about a dark story of a poor girl who had a sad past, with no family and all that stuff."

Then, I when I read about the part where Gaby met Luther, as usual for me, I got excited and the suspense part is if Luther would caught Gaby red-handed on doing
Chris Jones
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I did not really read Lori Foster but I picked up this one under the name L.L. Foster. Yes call me the cover addict! An I read the back and decided okay, I will try it! I am SOOOOO glad I did! You will be too!
It is fast paced, kick ass herione who is a Pallitan and she is different. She sees evil like other people can't, we may feel it but not truly understand, but we cross the street to loose that clingy, evil feel you know. She is wicked with her fists and her blade, she carries it securely on
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: only those who can handle harsh, and dark female leads
When I picked this book up, I thought it was going to be really dumb. The cover really didn't help! But I was amazed when I started reading it.

Finally a harsh female lead, that can be a total bad-ass and requires no men! Yes she falls for a guy and there is about 5% romance, but the rest is dark and grotesque. I loved that the main charector was a girl, but at the same time the whole book wasn't focused on making women look strong. She's not meant to be human-like so its ok that she does things
S. Rutherford
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book isn't paranormal romance. Yes, it has some elements of romance in it, but it should be shelved as Urban Fantasy. Plus, the following two are labeled as Urban Fantasy.

I didn't know exactly what to expect when getting into this, but I was greatly surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it. According to the back, it's basically about a demon hunter. I'd recently read another demon hunting book that was far different.

This is gory, gruesome fun wrapped up in a nicely descriptive story wit
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent read that keeps you turning the pages. Characters are built so well, even you feel like the innocent Paladin!
Melissa Levine
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
While this was a very unique story, the main character was just too much for me. She has to be the most angriest, bitchiest, meanest female character I’ve ever read about.

Why I was not a fan of the main character in this story:

1. I understand that she was only ever close to ‘Father’ and doesn’t want to get close to anyone for fear of losing that person, but that doesn’t mean she has to be a complete b*tch to everyone she comes into contact with.

2. She’s supposed to be a professional at what she
Arec Rain
I had to force myself past the first few pages due to their confusing descriptions and use of wording. Once I passed those, however, the novel went by fairly quickly.

First off, I would like to say that you can tell Fantasy/Sci-fi are not Ms. Foster's usual territory. It seemed that she was so focused on developing the romance part of the novel that she completely forgot that there was suppose to be plot development, too. She did bother to come up with a plot but it was neither creative nor origi
Jun 28, 2008 rated it liked it
LL Foster, otherwise known as romance author Lori Foster has stretched her talents with this new gritty horror story. This is the first book in this series about twenty-one year old Gabby who has major issues. She is a loner, really from the moment she was born. She hates to be touched, has never been kissed and no parents or friends. She also curses up a storm, much like a truck driver. She rather not feel but she does, in the form of immense pain because she believes she is a servant from God ...more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Let me first mention that I have never read anything else by this author, and had no preconceived notions coming into this novel. I expected a dark urban fantasy and that's what I got. Our main character, Gaby, thinks she is a paladin and is sent on missions by God to rid the world of evil. Due to her past, she does not let anyone get close to her, she's never been kissed, never had a best friend, in fact, she's been extremely isolated for most of her life. That, understandably, makes her a litt ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Gabrielle Cody's Mother Was Struck By Lightening As She Gave Birth, Leaving Her An Orphan. With No Father She Was Placed In One Foster Home After Another. She Was An Outsider And Never Fit In The Family, She Was A Freak Who Saw Demons Walking Among Them. A Priest Saw Her For What She Was And He Taught Her Well Before Cancer Took Him Away, Now She Was Alone Again, Her Twenty-First Birthday Started Off Bad Once She Open Her Eyes, She Hasten To Take A Quick Shower And Dressed In Plain Clothes Hurry ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
The blurb on the back cover proclaims:

"One of the most intriguing heroines since J.D. Robb's early Eve Dallas books." —Elizabeth Lowell

Myself a fan of the Eve Dallas books, I can tell you for sure: Nope, this is wrong. For one thing, Dallas is written as a believable character with such novel character elements as background history and a driving personality. And was given a place in an interesting plot set within a fabulously-built storyworld... a storyworld that, you know, had rules and made l
Princess Allie
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
From what I could gather the book was about a 21 year old girl named Gabrielle Cody who has the power to fight evil. The story never really gives away what type of evil. The reader has to assume it's demons coming from hell or may be just evil in general. She fights in the name of God and claims God is basically her boss. Not exactly sure what her powers consist of, but what we get is that she can read people's aura's, fight, and strength, and may be she's super fast. Not sure if her face morph ...more
Brittany Beavers
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this book but I will say the main female character Gaby in it is certainly not a fave of mine, atleast from this first book so far sher isnt. Hell it could be because there was a point in my life were I was a cold hearted ice queen myself but even I had my limits. Even though she expresses having a soft side here and there she still would come off having this attitude like if people didnt meet her standards they were pathetic which really would strike a nerve with me, not even I thought t ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A new series by Lori Foster under this pseudonym in the hot new sub-genre of Urban Fantasy, a mixture of fantasy and mystery set in a city environment with a dollop of romance and supernatural elements.

Synopsis: Gabrielle Cody has lived for 21 years with pain, a God-directed goad to destroy the evil creatures inhabiting the Earth. Alone and friendless, she saw nothing in her future but more of the same. Then she meets Detective Luther Cross and senses a new evil which hasn't been selected for de
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Phoebe by: Lori Foster
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Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because I enjoyed Lori foster's SBC series. This was labeled as a romance book, but I would probably put it in the urban fantasy category. It had some ideas of romance with the chemistry between luther and gaby, but I wouldn't put it at the level as most romance novels carry the sexual tension. That aside, I am enjoying the books. I am reading this after finishing another fantasy book and in spite of my love of the romance and sex, this book as kept me intrigued and the tension ...more
This book launches a new series for L.L. Foster, also known as Lori Foster, romance writer. I was quite intrigued when buying the book, but I found the reality to have fallen short of the expectations. I had not read any of her books, but I recognized her name and was hopeful. Though I can't give any concrete criticisms, I'm sorry to report that this book failed to pull me in. Perhaps it was the protagonist, Gabrielle Cody, that I didn't care for. An orphan able to see the demons walking among u ...more
Books In Brogan
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-reviews
This is a spectacular series it was ahead of it's time or at least at the start of the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy boom in books.  If you love a great urban fantasy novel you will love this series of 3 book there is a little romance but it is more of a mystery thriller paranormal then a romance.  After I read this story I started looking for more books like it and found Ilona Andres - Kate Daniels series so I would recommend this series for everyone of all ages.


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Lori Whitwam
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
This reminds me a little bit of a very early Anita Blake book. The lead character is 21, tall and thin, spent her childhood in foster care, but was taken in by a priest when it became clear that she could sense true evil... and eliminate it. In this book, a gorgeous cop becomes suspicious of her because of her secretive nature and proximity to some unexplained murders. But there is a great evil, and she has to stop it. I was going to give this four stars, but settled for three because the parado ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-read
My two stars reflect only my personal enjoyment of this story and isn't a critique on the writing which is fabulous. If you are a fan of Laurel K. Hamilton or similar, run to get this series--you will not be disappointed at all. This is an intriguing series with a kick-ass heroine and an empathetic hero. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me other than that I just don't like the genre--I love her work as Lori Foster so I really wanted to like this too. I just couldn't get into the whole mission ...more
Kat Warrior
Jul 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kat Warrior by: Quetzal
Though it has little do with with the actual plot, I learned how to make out from this book. No, I have never French-kissed before, but now I know how for future writing reference. Haha.

More seriously, this book is great horror/action story. I've never read one like it, and it's full of great characters and unexpected turns. Not only are the characters great, but they develop well. Don't let the cover fool you - Gabby is far from a "seducer". She doesn't even know the meaning of the word until t
Cherry Mischievous
I've read this book sometime ago so this review is retrospective. This book was recommended to me by a Facebook friend and so I went and bought it. After I've read it, I told my Facebook friend that I would not read any of his recommendations ever again. He then told me that LL Foster is his sister!! Of course I backpedalled furiously! I told Artie that the story telling quality was superb. Which it was! The story telling quality is a 5 out of 5. I must have said something sufficiently pacifying ...more
Jun 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009, demons
I was not impressed with this book & found it incredibly boring. Gaby’s mission in life is to serve God by hunting down “demons” and destroying them. Just exactly what these demons are is never disclosed & I often wondered if perhaps the evil Gaby was hunting was just a figment of her imagination. There is very little action in the book, with most of the storyline consisting of Gaby’s interaction with Mort & Luther Cross. Gaby is always rude and nasty to Mort and one has to wonder wh ...more
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L.L. Foster is a pseudonym for romance writer Lori Foster.

Under this name, she writers Urban Fantasy books with a little bit of romance.

Other books in the series

Servant (3 books)
  • Servant: The Acceptance (Servant, #2)
  • The Kindred (Servant, #3)