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Posted February 8, 2012
Great Urban Fantasy
I enjoyed reading about Chalice's journey. The author draws you in and it is hard to stop reading. What's not to love about a group of female knights? This book has tons of magic and magical creatures, such as angels, gargoyals and ghosts. The author ends the book with a lead in to the next one due out in March, Darkest Knight. I'll be buying that one too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2012
Great Debut into Urban Fantasy
This was one of the first Urban Fantasy books I've read (along with Jeanne C. Stein's Becoming).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I won a signed copy of this book off of someone's blog and was overjoyed to a) receive a free book, and b) to have won a "contest" of sorts.
It took me a couple months to finally read it (my reading list is very long and ever expanding, and I had recently gotten a Kindle and wanted to read everything I could on that device), and I'm so glad I gave it the attention I did. I found the story to be intriguing, the snippets of history (whether fictional or factual) added depth to the story and helped to secure the story world in a more realistic way. The world Duvall has created is real enough to suspend belief and welcome the fantastical characters she brings to life.
Chalice is a deep character with her own set of faults (she's very insecure, something I battle with myself) so I felt I could relate to her. Her father was the type of villain you love to hate.
The only fault I found was the romantic element felt like a last minute addition. It wasn't real to me. But since it really wasn't the main story line, I feel I can overlook that one flaw.
All in all, it's a very good, straightforward story with a cliff hanger ending!
Posted January 10, 2012
Posted August 8, 2011
The opening venture into the Duvall urban fantasy realm is an exhilarating tale
In Lebanon, Gavin Heinrich arrives at a monastery to honor his late wife Felicia's wishes. She had died in a plane crash thirteen years ago but not before giving birth. Brother Thomas and the other Maronite monks raised Chalice who has extrasensory skills and no friends her age. Chalice has no idea her mom left her a letter, but she distrusts Heinrich who she believes is acting as a grieving angst laden man who claims to be her father. Before forcing her to leave with him, he kills the monks using green lightning shot from his fingers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the United States for the next dozen years, the Vyantara train and use Chalice as a thief. Undercover inside the Vyantara, Aydin the immortal has been bringing back together the Hatchet Knights, but has one more to recruit; a person he protects. The problem is not that she is a thief which she is but that she has no earthly idea of her heritage. Chalice must choose as her sorcerer kidnapper now orders her to steal something powerful; failure to do so will mean death as she is cursed.
The opening venture into the Duvall urban fantasy realm is an exhilarating tale once the background world is established as there is a seemingly early overload of information. The beleaguered protagonist is a confused adult who is unsure what to do though Aydin mentors her. Filled with sorcerers, angels and the fallen, fans will enjoy this complex thriller as the heroine learns good and evil are not polar absolutes.