Shapeshifters, angels, demons and magic--from award winning author Larissa Emerald comes the much-anticipated paranormal shapeshifter series of the Divine Tree Guardians.
The return of sculptor Emma Grant to her Georgia home town sparks the return of the visions she tries to deny and rekindles a centuries-old feud between shapeshifters Venn Hearst, guardian of the Divine Tree (The Tree Of Knowledge) and his nemesis. Emma is determined to place and dedicate the statue honoring her beloved grandmother despite Venn's opposition; despite the fact she is in love with Venn, despite his sacred duty not to permit it. Will she overcome a test of evil or shatter Venn's world?
|Publisher:||Castle Oak Publishing LLC|
|Series:||The Divine Tree Guardians , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
A combination of her love of reading and her vivid imagination?plus a strong desire to rewrite the endings of movies that just didn’t end right?led Larissa into the world of writing.
She’s lived in the same small Florida coastal town for her entire life. In her spare time she enjoys teaching baton twirling and dance, traveling, baking and cooking?usually altering the recipe?and, of course, reading awesome books
You can connect with Larissa on Twitter @LarissaEmBooks and Facebook www.facebook.com/larissaemerald. Her website is www.larissaemerald.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Emma Grant has been different her whole life. She can mold metal with her hands and she has visions of which she thinks are about her previous life. She has run to Paris to avoid things. She has finds that she has fewer visions the further away she is from her hometown. She doesn’t have a great relationship with her father either so the distance helps there too. But, now she is coming home. Her grandmother arranged for her to make a sculptor in a local park. When she arrives home she starts having more visions and one other thing she wasn’t prepared for. She falls in love. She learns all kinds of things about herself. She is faced with love greater than she could ever imagine and the fact that she is part of a long going feud between her beloved, Venn and his nemesis. Things aren’t as they seem. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but this is a great book. There are shape shifters, angels, love, and so much more. I couldn’t put this book down. I love paranormal books and this was a great one. I can’t wait to read the next book. Emma is a great characters, she is faced with learning things she never thought could exist. She takes in great stride. Venn has lived a very long time. He thought he would never get a second chance with his mate but now he is getting that chance. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. He finds himself not wanting to overwhelm her but needing to telling things to keep her safe and help her come to terms with who she is. He remembers everything about the last time they were together but she doesn’t. Plus she isn’t the exact same as she was last time. She is a little different and her own person. That is difficult for Venn at first. I am eager to read more about them and what happens next. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
3.5 out of 5 Stars - Promising start to the series. *Complimentary ARC provided by Book Partners in Crime Promotions for the purpose of an honest review. I found the blurb intriguing, and I never could resist a story about centuries old immortal warriors carrying out their duties, and who were loners because they hadn't yet found the right woman to share their long lives. The change from Highlander to immortal guardian also came with the power to shift, and Venn could shift into both a wolf and a hawk at will. Emma was an interesting character because she wasn't just another simple human. She'd had visions all of her life and the ability to melt and mold metal with her bare hands. As if that wasn't enough for her to contend with, Emma was Venn's former lover, Amelia, reincarnated. Her visions were more like flashbacks of her former life up until the moment she'd been killed. I really liked Venn for his charm, compassion and protectiveness. He'd taken to his fate rather well, and although he'd been without a mate for two hundred years, he was never depicted as a womanizer. I liked that he didn't make it a habit of comparing her to Amelia. He noticed the differences and accepted them. Overall, the story was good. However I enjoyed the plotting of the destruction of the Divine Tree and thus Venn more than I enjoyed the romance. Simply put, I believed his feelings more than I did hers, and he certainly put forth more effort into showing any feelings. Not only was Emma spoken for at the time, sort of, but I felt like I was supposed to accept that she was growing closer to him because she felt a connection through her flashbacks. Even once Venn had told her almost everything, she never asked about him or his family. She never pressed him for answers about anything. Granted, she was overwhelmed by her grief over her grandmother and the fights with her father over the span of a week. But she just always seemed depressed or on the verge of tears for too much of the story. The three sex scenes were steamy, but she seemed to give in to passion only after she'd had some emotional upset rather than feeling invigorated by romance or deeper feelings, if that makes sense. And, even though he was an immortal, they never used protection much less discussed it. There were several skirmishes between Venn and Io, but since he wasn't allowed to kill him, they just seemed a bit unnecessary and served no real purpose. Much like the back and forth between Emma and her father. The ending was decent, and I finally saw a different side of Emma, a more appealing one. I will probably revisit this series in the future.
I really liked the unique concept of the Divine Trees in different places and each one having a 'Guardian'...am immortal who has been on guard for years. In Awakening Fire by Larissa Emerald the Guardian is Venn. Venn's enemy is set on destroying him and the Divine Tree, and it's all about to come to a head. Emma is a sculptor who has reluctantly returned to her home town. Emma has always had unique abilities, but she's always running from them. When she is drawn into a centuries old feud only to find the love of her life, everything she knows will be tested and change. Venn and Emma have a great connection almost immediately. I liked this and it made complete sense with the plot. It is so immediate and unexpected that Emma is very reluctant to pursue it. But Venn is persistent, so is his enemy and the clock is ticking. The intensity of the connection between Emma and Venn is as powerful as the battle for the Divine Tree and life as they know it. With an abundance of action, tension and the paranormal, Larissa takes us on a journey that will make you wonder what if? Larissa weaves in essential secondary characters who round out the plot well and I liked how she brought in Emma's relationship with her father. Awakening Fire is fast paced with good flow, and Larissa kept me very interested to see how all the events would unfold. I'd recommend Awakening Fire to paranormal romance readers.
I love the whole concept of the Divine Trees. The thought of guardians having to protect the tree in order to keep the balance, but also tied to the tree is intriguing. There are definitely some sad parts in this one, but the epilogue makes it right for me. To me the whole confrontation with Io was little of a letdown, but I enjoyed this book. I'm definitely going to check the others in the series.