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Posted August 8, 2014
This is certainly what you would call an "eye-opener!" This is one of the most detailed, exciting, non-putter-downer books that I have ever had the privilege to read. And no, I am not just being biased because I have a thing for butt-kicking, tall, dark, sexy, virtually unbeatable men.... Or maybe I am....Shhh.....
So, when a person picks up a book and realizes that the book has to do with supernatural beings and giant men who kick Daemon butt, you expect it to be a thriller, yes, but you also seem to think, "Hey, this is going to be about teens." You expect it to be a Young Adult novel. Am I right or am I right? Normally, when it comes to books, I am. But, back to the review. This is a book about supernatural beings, yes, but it has none of that teen-romance theme that seems to be a big hit with teens nowadays. There is only so much we teens can take when it comes to supernatural creatures. No offense when it comes to vampires and werewolves, but every so often, a new creature would be interesting to read about. And Dawn of a Dark Knight gives readers that refreshment so many crave, be they teen or adult.
On the romance level, this book is similar to any other romance book that one might pick up. The guy does not want to be with the girl because he does not feel as though he is good enough, or because it's against the rules of a Higher Power. What makes this book different, though, is that it doesn't come from the naive perspective of a teenage girl who wants to be with the bad-boy vampire/werewolf. Instead, it is from the perspective of a woman who knows what she wants, and also from a guy who know what he wants. That is one theme that caught my eye and I enjoyed.
Posted January 14, 2014
Posted January 14, 2014
This was a fantastic read! Characters that draw you in, and a fast-paced, well written story. Hot and steamy scenes
between the main characters, make it hard to put down as you wait for more. I can't wait to read the second book in her
series. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this one!
Posted December 15, 2013
A love beyond words.
This story interweaves magic, mystery, action, and romance to create a spellbinding read that you will never forget. The imagery was beautiful and captivating, really drawing you into the story. The world building was unique and done perfectly. I loved the way the mythology was used in the story and how everything fit together in the end.
The romance was also nicely done and paced. There was no insta love, but plenty of chemistry between the two main characters.
Kira is a gifted healer, but she is forced to hide her gifts away. She cannot deny the call to heal completely though. She uses her magic sparingly to help those in need. Kira is a kind soul and does her best to help others. However, she is no wilting violet. Kira has no problems with fighting back and doing what needs to be done. She has a strong will and is a great match for ashor.
Ashor is an alpha male with a heart of gold. He is interested in Kira, but fears the consequences. I loved the interactions between Kira and Ashor the best. They were so much fun together and their banter was hilarious. Ashor is noble and just. He does what is best for the good of all. Even when there is a great cost to himself.
This is an exciting paranormal romance that will have you on the edge of your seat at every turn of the page!
Posted October 21, 2013
Book provided by the author.
Loved this book, fans of J. R. Ward, Gena Showalter and Sherrilyn Kenyon.......we have found a new series YEY.
The plot was imaginative and kept me hooked until the end, it has really interesting characters and I can't wait to read more in this series, especially on Jayden.
I would definitely recommend this series :)
Posted June 13, 2013
Okay, so Dawn of a Dark Knight by Zoe Forward has nothing to do with Batman, but none of the other dozen plus reviewers on Amazon has gone there, and how could they not with a title like that? What the story IS is a nonstop, action-packed romance full of excitement and danger at every turn.
Ashor, the hero of this paranormal romance, IS a dark warrior within his own right, but that's where the similarities to comic books end. Ashor is yummy and tormented, walking a fine gray line between fighting for the forces of good, always in danger of succumbing to his internal darkness. He is ancient, an immortal reborn into a new life over and over, but always doomed to the endless torment of battling the daemons who walk the earth threatening humanity.
It's funny, because I usually start my reviews by talking about the heroine, but Ashor Vlahos, the Scimitar Magi commander, defined the story for me. His tortured nature and acute loneliness really struck a bull's eye on my soft spot for bad boys. He kicks ass and takes names, and then broods for a while. Le Sigh. I felt immediate empathy for him and wanted to keep reading in order to see what would happen next. He's the sort of guy you want to kiss and coddle and make better even though you realize (intellectually) that he's way too tough to need mothering. But that's sorta exactly the point because he appeals so much to that nurturing instinct.
I have to admit up front—as a rule, I don't like Fated Mate stories. I want love to be the result of free will, the product of choice, not something that two people are thrust into as the result of predetermined destiny. Kira Hardy, medical doctor and the heroine, is smart and courageous but she struck me as less remarkable in terms of characterization than Ashor. I think my general impression was that she was simply too young for him. He needed a woman more his own (ancient) age.
However, so far as fated mates go, Zoe Forward weaves a remarkable tale and really makes Ashor and Kira work as a couple. The hero and heroine share plenty of chemistry and the sexual tension sizzles on the page. Kira provides Ashor with the healing spirit he needs to repair his tattered soul. Their relationship falls in the vein of star-crossed lovers, because while they are fated to be together, it is forbidden by the Egyptian gods due to their respective roles. Ashor is the Prime, the head of the Scimitar Magi, and Kira is the mystical healer meant to attend to the eight remaining Scimitar Magi—all men.
I felt the cover doesn't really do the story justice. At a glance, I wouldn't connect the cover imagery with a paranormal tale deeply rooted in the Egyptian mythos. Someone needed to fit an ankh in there somewhere. There is a rune on the cover but it is not immediately recognizable so it left me feeling a little confused.
Zoe has really created an intricate world with a complicated mythos constructed upon Egyptian mythology. My familiarity with the mythology is limited to three sources—Stargate, the TV show, Anne Rice's The Mummy, and an old White Wolf supplement called "Mummy". Initially, I found myself referring to her helpful Glossary of Terms at the back of the book but eventually I got the hang of it. Likewise, the occasion choice of wording threw me but I recovered and became engrossed again in the story in short order. The villains are freaky scary and the Big Bad is a darkly sinister figure.
Dawn of a Dark Knight is an excellent read for anyone looking for a paranormal romance with plenty of action-adventure and sizzling hot love scenes.