Unchained (Dark Forgotten Series #3)

Unchained (Dark Forgotten Series #3)

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by Sharon Ashwood
     
 

Faced with a custody battle for her daughter, monster-killer Ashe Carver has hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library. But then after centuries guarding a supernatural prison, the dashing Captain Reynard strides into her world. He has only weeks to live unless Ashe finds the thief who took his soul-and he's too drop-dead gorgeous to die...

Overview

Faced with a custody battle for her daughter, monster-killer Ashe Carver has hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library. But then after centuries guarding a supernatural prison, the dashing Captain Reynard strides into her world. He has only weeks to live unless Ashe finds the thief who took his soul-and he's too drop-dead gorgeous to die...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451230737
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Series:
Dark Forgotten Series, #3
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Unchained (Dark Forgotten Series #3) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Better Than Expected Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi This is the third installment of the Dark Forgotten series that follows the supernaturals of the town of Fairview. This book focuses on Holly’s sister, Ashe, and the guardsman, Captain Reynard, she helped keep safe in the last book, Scorched. Ashe has taken her daughter, Eden, out of boarding school and has returned to live in Fairview near her family. Now, her daughter’s paternal grandparents are fighting for custody and Ashe has to quit being a slayer and prove she’s a good mom in order to keep Eden with her. But, Alessandro refers one case to her; someone released a phouka from the castle. It’s a rare monster that looks like a giant bunny and it likes to munch on humans (yum). While trying to track the monster, Captain Reynard shows up to assist her since the guards are the ones that lost the phouka in the first place. The two of them work together and are able to chase the animal into a portal to the castle. But, they are being shot at by a vampire trying to kill Ashe. They work together and take him out as well. Ashe is trying to be good for her daughter’s sake, but when she discovers demon slime in her lawyer’s office (slime in a lawyer’s office imagine that?) he gives her the job of getting rid of it, if she wants to win her case. Captain Reynard returns to the castle to discover the urn that contains his soul has been stolen and if he doesn’t find it, he will weaken and die. So he must return to Fairview to start his search. He goes to Ashe for some assistance. After some investigating, Ashe and Reynard realize they are both after the same culprit, Tony the collector demon. And worse yet, Ashe’s lawyer has been doing business with him; selling property to him to be exact, which is illegal. And if that wasn’t enough to worry about, the vampire king of the east is after Ashe in hopes for her to bear a child for him, as Holly has done for Alessandro. Now Ashe and Reynard are on a race against the clock to find the demon and Reynard’s soul before his time runs out. But in the middle of all this Ashe’s daughter disappears and they must find her as well. I must admit I was a little disappointed when I read the blurb of the book and saw that Ashe’s love interest was going to be Captain Reynard. I thought that equated to this book being a snore for sure and there were so many other more interesting characters that could have done the job. But I was pleasantly surprised and ended up really liking this book. In fact, it is my favorite so far of the series. It was great getting to know Ashe and her daughter, Eden, some more. And I even found myself enjoying the parts explaining about how the old guardsmen were chosen and what kept them tied to the castle. I also found the dark fae prince, Miru-kai, to be a fun complex character….a bad boy you can’t help, but be intrigued by and even like a little….shhh if you won’t tell I won’t! This book was better than I expected and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Frostbound. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I recommend you read the previous books in this series (Ravenous and Scorched) prior to reading this book. I absolutely loved this book! It was exciting, creative, mysterious and full of action. The story kept my interest and attention to point that I didn't want to put it down. There are romantic elements to this story but Sharon tells it in such a way that you actually want to get invested and see what happens next to the heroine. Ash Carver is a kick-butt heroine and I'd love to see more of her in the future. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and I anxiously await the next book in the series Iced. For those who are wondering what genre this series falls into, I would categorize it as dark romantic urban fantasy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Captain Reynard works as a guard at the supernatural prison known as the Castle. However, though he has a few more liberties than the inmates, he is as locked away as those he watches over. Centuries ago, his choices were taken away from him when he was forced to place his soul in an urn. When the urn is stolen, Reynard will die. He actually considers giving up on immortality as an escape from the Castle. Widow Ashe Carver was a monster slayer. She understood her profession would cost her custody of her ten year old daughter Eden so she retires and becomes a librarian. Her retirement ends when her brother-on-law the vampire asks her to clean out the monster stalking the bathroom at Fairview Botanical Gardens. Reynard was expecting her to clean the bathroom of the monster so when she arrives he asks for her assistance; reluctantly Ashe, surprised he could leave the Castle, agrees to help him find his soul. At the same time the Castle is undergoing a radical adjustment that has the supernatural world wondering how it will all turn out. The third Dark Forgotten urban fantasy (see Ravenous and Scorched) is a terrific action-adventure thriller that steps away from the mysterious Castle and into the world at large. The lead couple makes for a strong entry as the stressed beyond the max Castle guard is running out of immortality time and the heroine who, though it could cost her the one person that matters, takes on the "client" and his quest to catch a thief. As their attraction grows she knows he would make a perfect centerfold as the "Hot historical hero" of the century and he believes her as lovely as ever. However, beyond the search and rescue, and their entwined hearts, in the background lurks a major supernatural shift. This is an enthralling magical great work by Sharon Ashwood. Harriet Klausner
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I got so caught up in this book that I became sad when I read the last page. I'm adding Sharon to my favorite author's list. She's right up there with Kim Harrison! Her writing flows and her characters have a way of coming to life.
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Grania66 More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the series. I really liked Ashe even though she wasn't my favorite character when she was first introduced in the earlier books. Capt. Reynard is a terrific hero (he sounds GORGEOUS) and their love is believable in the context of the story. The world that Ms. Ashwood has created is fun and exciting, and just about every character is someone you can root for, feel for, and actually like. I definitely recommend this book, but you should start with Ravenous & Scorched before giving it a try. It's worth it.
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