Ordained (The Immortal Archives, #1)

Ordained (The Immortal Archives, #1)

3.7 18
by Devon Ashley

Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen


Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter, it creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.

But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.(

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Ordained 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian 12 days ago
This book is different from mainstream paranormal for two reasons - 1) the vampirism has a scientific explanation and twist and 2) the male and female lead are married and are not in their early teens. There are some twists in this book as characters develop, cross and double cross each other. The plot line is well thought out and evenly paced. Enjoyable for all Urban Fantasy / Paranormal readers. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, minus some typos
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oksy thought it wouldbe about Emily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stopped about halfway through it got boring. I didn't like how it jumped through characters. The author would have been good with one main character in the focus.
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Asand More than 1 year ago
Ordained was one of those books that didn't give me chills all over from excitement but it didn't make me want to stop reading either. Ever since I seen this book I have been craving to read it. I was so hyped up for it and I guess I felt like a little let down when I did get my hands on it. This isn't to say it was terrible book-it wasn't. I liked this book very much; it just wasn't one of my favorites. I liked Abby, our main heroine, a lot. Abby is powerfully strong, magical, very snarky, and short on temper. Her husband, Noel, is also a pretty cool character too. He is smart, calm, and extremely protective. I think Noel and Abby make the perfect couple: they are like yin and yang to each other. Noel has this way that he can anchor Abby to her saneness, instead of falling to the darkside. I absolutely adored the fact that Noel and Abby are already married. Most of the time in books, you are seeing the two court each other and fall in love, but with Ordained that has already happened. We get to see the married couple and the way they are with each other now. Love it! Was this a romance? Not in the traditional sense, but we still got to see the love and devotion between Abby and Noel. Even though Abby has these good and bad powers swirling around inside her, I felt like she was portrayed as an exceptional caretaker, especially where Emily, our second heroine, was concerned. Emily, for me, was much more of a mystery. I knew she was important but at times it seemed like she was just there as bridge between Abby and the Order. The action was incredible, the fight scenes pretty spectacular, and the villains terrible (especially the ones that were supposed to be good). I also like the originality of the idea of a pure vampire compared to the "mutant" vampires. But the explanations were very confusing and took a little away for me. I still feel a little lost and hope it gets cleared up better in the second book. The end is sorta of a cliff hanger which helped make up for the lacking I felt in other areas of the book. It took a long time to get where we needed to be, but once we were there, the story was incredibly good. All in all, Ordained is an enjoyable read. I look forward to continuing the journey in Book 2 and I hope to see Abby, Noel, and Emily grow in their personal lives. I gave it 3 hearts.
Cherry-Bomb More than 1 year ago
The beginning of Ordained starts out with a bang that has you thirsting for more. Ordained was a new twist on vampires and not to mention the vampire hunters (haven’t read about them at all). I’m not going to lie when I say I really hated the idea of the hunters living in their academy. To me, it was more like a prison without the bars. The story really started to get interesting when Noel and Abby arrived. That’s when we got to know the characters on a deeper level and find out exactly how Abby and Noel survived for two hundred years. There’s also a twist with Emily that I really wasn’t expecting. I was kind of thrown for a loop there. Okay, not really. But I did think I had it figured out and turns out I was completely wrong. I think my favorite character was Valerie. She was so misunderstood and left out. She was like the white crayon in the box. It’s placed in a box with all these other colorful crayons yet it’s isolated because it’s usually never used. So Valerie is a white crayon. I wish I could think of something better to compare her to but it’s kind of late as I type this and my funny side is really not in its full effect right now. Oh and Abby, yeah she does some major ass kicking in this book. When you find out everything that happened to her while she was undergoing her training, you can’t help but root for her to come out on top. And she does. There’s also crazy-ass demons rearing their ugly heads in Ordained. I blame the Order for all the fallen hunters. If you enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel you’ll definitely love this series! 5 STARS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. I thought the story idea was a good one. But, the story would jump without warning between people and it was confusing. It had some very distacting errors with wrong word usage and missing words. Also, the author needs to check a calender the first day of spring is March 20 not the 21st.
Vanilla_Orchids More than 1 year ago
A school that trains vampire hunters now, unknowingly, requires the help of a huntress/vampire to stop a demon. Rating: 4.5 The Order trains hunters to kill vampires, but they are aware of a demon (Eraticus) that kills hunters for their auras on their 25th birthdays, as that is when their auras become the strongest. The only thing is, the Order never warned any of the hunters of their fate nor taught them how to defend themselves against anything other than vampires. So when Emily Davis survives the demon, they think that she's their only hope of fighting off another demon (Morphus) that is headed their way despite the fact that Emily doesn't carry the mark of the ordained huntress on her body. Emily met Abby Sorrensten on her 25th birthday when she was fighting off Eraticus. Abby helped her, which is why she survived. Abby is a huntress who was turned into a vampire by her guardian, Noel. However, Noel and Abby are pure blood vampires, not the mutated versions that the Order trains hunters to kill. Still, the Order is not aware that Noel and Abby are vampires. Although they are fearful of having Abby around because of what happened when she was originally being trained as a huntress, the Order calls her and Noel in to help with the Morphus situation. During Abby's time at the school, she basically had no family, and because of that, the Order figured they could push her farther than any of the other hunters. She was basically tortured for 13 years. Forced to fight while broken and bruised. I tell you, when I initially read this book -- I read it twice -- I had tears in my eyes while reading about what Nathaniel, her advisor, did to her when she was 6 years old. Of course, that continued throughout her years at the school. I really, really enjoyed Ordained. It was well written, intense, exciting and I really liked the characters. There were some sarcastic, funny comments that I loved. I actually wished that there had been more of that but it was mainly used to lighten the mood from time to time. And although the book isn't a romance, there is a tad bit of romance in it between Noel and Abby which I liked. There were some heartbreaking moments too. Besides Emily and Abby's friendship, I rather liked the friendship that developed between Abby and Valerie, another huntress at the school who is clairvoyant. Despite Abby not making friends easily, there is a sort of bond between them. They are alike in some ways. The only issue that I had with the book was that on occasion I would go from one paragraph to the next and it would be a separate scenario. A different time or place or person's story with no obvious break. So the flow was off for me in those cases, but it didn't happen often. Otherwise, the story flowed well. I'm really glad that I signed up to participate in this blog tour for Ordained because otherwise, I might not have gotten around to reading it as soon as I have. There is so much to learn about Abby Sorrensten throughout the book. Her past unravels little by little. And although there is no cliffhanger ending, it does end in a way that leaves you wondering about some things. So I'm really looking forward to reading the next book.
Kwee More than 1 year ago
My first thoughts on the book... The prelude was intriguing and sucked me in from the beginning. I couldnt wait to find out what led up to the situation of Abby being abused and hurt like that. I enjoyed the twist that Devon took on vampires, how the original vampires could wear a cross and drink holy water and not be affected. I liked how it explained how they became that way. I know some readers dont enjoy to much back story because it can feel like an overload of information sometimes but I thought there was just enough info to not be confused with the story line. I will admit it seemed like at times there was just a little to many things with Abby not only was she the Ordained one but she was also a vampire and a huntress. At one point you think you know everything about her and then you find out more secrets. It's like she fell out of the supernatural tree and hit every branch on the way down. It could get a tad confusing just because she was so many things but all in all I enjoyed Abby's character. Her snarky and Bad Ass attitude just made her awesome! For the most part I enjoyed almost all of the characters in this book. I do wish that Emily was a little more developed but I still liked her. Devon did a great job at thinking outside the box with this one, I am looking forward to reading metamorphosis.
Disincentive More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The main reason is Abby of course. She is seriously a kick-butt heroine! Definitely a strong woman who has been through a lot, but still stays strong. She is also one of those well-developed in emotions and that’s the thing I care about mostly while reading a book. What else can I say about a girl who was trained to be a vampire hunter… And then turned into a vampire? Talking about vampires, I finally wasn’t annoyed by them in a book. They don’t sparkle. There is no “forbidden romance”. There is no romance at all, main characters are already married. It makes the book focus on action for real, instead of making action just an excuse to put in some cute romance. What I didn’t like is a slow paced action sometimes. It was like a rollercoaster for me – once it gone really slowly, but then it was a big boom and it went so fast I couldn’t find myself in it. However, this is a page turner for sure, because those slow paced moments didn’t matter so much when you could lose yourself in Devon’s amazing writing style. This book isn’t cute. It’s pretty brutal, it tells you about the loss, abuse, death and sacrifice. Some serious topics but author managed to put them in an urban fantasy genre. I honestly don’t think I’m able to find something as good as Ordained in this genre anymore. This book is a great find!
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DaisyLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
If you like anything related to Buffy, vampires, demons and magic, you're probably going to like this book. There's a little romance between the main characters but none of that annoying 'love love love' crap that seems to pop up on every page of some other books. And this herione is actually strong and willing to have independent thought, which is a nice reprieve. You can tell it was written with young adults in mind but the characters are in their twenties and past the teenage angst and high school life...so yeah!!! (although they have returned to their school for this story - LOL) I think most paranormal readers will like this book. Definately worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely no imagination. Quit writing & get a job.