The Calling

The Calling

by Jennifer Ashley

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BN ID: 2940148167297
Publisher: JA / AG Publishing
Publication date: 01/20/2014
Series: Jennifer Ashley's Immortals Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 100,179
File size: 515 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Ashley has written more than 85 published novels and novellas in romance, urban fantasy, and mystery under the names Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner. Her books have been nominated for and won Romance Writers of America's RITA (given for the best romance novels and novellas of the year), several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards (including Best Urban Fantasy, Best Historical Mystery, and Career Achievement in Historical Romance), and Prism awards for her paranormal romances. Jennifer's books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have earned starred reviews in Booklist and Publisher's Weekly.

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The Calling: Immortals Series, Book 1 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Adrian is one of five immortal brothers created at the dawning of time to protect mankind from those who will use dark magic to destroy life magic. Although much of humanity has forgotten this powerful quintet of warriors, a few life magic practitioners still believe they will come if the world needs them.--------------- Thus when someone possessing incredible levels of magic goes rogue, Adrian, whose brother Tain vanished seven centuries ago, begins a quest to stop this maverick from eradicating humanity his fear is that Tain turned. Adrian meets life magic witch Amber Silverthorne, who seeks the demon who murdered her sister for no apparent reason. Adrian and Amber are attracted to one another and make love whenever they can, but the quest comes first. As they receive aid from paranormal and mortal individuals, the duo treks from Seattle to the Arctic with points in between hunting a killer and trying to learn more about THE CALLING.------------------------ This is an interesting opening saga starring an immortal who uses his superpowers especially mind control to get what he wants in this case he wants Amber. However, for the most part Amber can thwart his mental efforts to force her to do his bidding. Though sidebars to establish a contemporary earth filled with magic and supernatural beings take somewhat away from the prime theme of the Immortal and the Witch making love in between the latest good vs. evil war, this s a spellbinding and enchanting tale.------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adrian and his brothers are the immortal protectors. Just like Crimson city there will be multiple authors. Can't wait to see how the series unfolds. Thank goodness they're spaced relatively close togheher. It's worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not surprised JA is my favorite author. I am a paranormal romance fan. However, beware that this series is wrote by two other authors. Robin t. Popp and Joy Nash. I haven't found book 2 and 3 yet. Unaware of the fact I purchased gathering and redeeming. Authors should have Informed readers. Disappointed. Will continue to search. Will read others still if can't.
EmScape on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Jennifer Ashley begins a promising new series about a group of death magic fighters called Immortals. Adrian is the oldest and is on a 700 year long quest to find his brother, Tain, who was captured by a powerful demon, an Old One. Following the demon, he comes across Amber who is investigating the death of her sister, Susan. Susan¿s death appears to be linked to Tain and Amber might be the key to finding him. Paranormal romance, by definition, involves occurances that are very different from present-time day-to-day life. Sometimes, the need to create another reality and incorporate jargon that is unfamiliar to the reader ends up being the downfall of the story. Ashley expertly builds her mythology in a way that draws the reader in instead of confusing her. By incorporating common knowledge of creatures such as vampires, werewolves, witches, and shape-shifters, and only tweaking the characteristics of these creatures in minor ways, the story is both understandable and different enough from other paranormal tales to not feel derivative. It¿s obvious (at least to me) that she¿s been influenced by popular media such as ¿Buffy the Vampire Slayer¿ and probably Nora Roberts¿ recent forays into paranormal romance, with witty dialogue, and believable, heartfelt characters. I¿m glad I gave this series a chance, and have immediately either ordered or wish-listed the rest of the books that follow. Of note: Four of the other books in this 8-book (so far, I¿m not sure it¿s finished) collection are written by authors besides Jennifer Ashley. I am interested to see whether they will be able to maintain the quality and integrity of this book. The Calling really sets a standard.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 20 days ago
He's an immortal warrior and she's a witch. Together they're trying to hunt down a demon that killed her sister, and also hoping to find his brother who has been captured for years by evil.It's a good start to the series, enjoyable and light, pretty predictable if you know the genre but not as annoying as some others in the genre.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Immortal warriors, demons, vampires, werewolves and witches abound in this mystery/urban fantasy/paranormal romance. When Amber's beloved sister is murdered she is determined to find the demon who did it. However, things don't go as planned and instead of discovering the murderer, she almost becomes his next victim. Her savior is the immortal Adrian who is on his own quest to locate his missing brother. A shared desire for retribution soon becomes more as Amber and Adrian are forced to consider how much their individual quests really mean to them in the face of an evil that could destroy the world.I've read a great deal of paranormal romance series over the last few years and I would say that this particular title is a very good representative of the genre. With a wide variety of supernatural creatures to fit every taste and an interesting yet non-complex storyline I think it definitely has an appeal for those fans of urban fantasy looking for something with a little "more" in the relationshippy/bedroom scene department without getting in to the more erotic writing that seems to have a love/hate following. The characters were well developed (although maybe a little cliché for those of us who have read a lot of books in this genre) and the side characters made for nice interludes in the action/romance. Certainly a title I'd recommend, particularly for newbies who might want to try out this type of tale.
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Worst plot I've read in a long time. Terribly predictable, characters are not in depth very shallow book
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I didn't even remember buying this book but that's the only reason I finished it. The story itself was ok, witch searching for answers about her sister's mysterious death, and the immortal searching for his long lost brother, but man! The author seemed like she had just introduced Amber and Adrian and then they were kissing. Really? There were 2 fight/battle scenes where I was really into and then it was over. The ending was so abrupt it was ridiculous. I think it's probably to get readers to hurry up and buy the next one, but that didn't work with me.
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I'll admit that when I wen to Jennifer Ashley's site and saw the cover art for the Immortals I wasn't interested. Then when she announced a revamping of a few of the books I decided to read it. I was not disappointed. Reading almost all of her other books I was not surprised to be hooked so fast in to the story line. Can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. I'm sure each one will be just as great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that this book is finally available. I purchased the first four books at the same time and finished them in just a couple of days. As the rest of the books came I bought all of them. That was before I had my NOOK. I can't wait for all of them to come out on NOOK?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a series about 5 immortal brothers who are charged with saving people from, primarily, demons. Adrian, the oldest and strongest, has been searching for his missing brother Tain for centuries. When he receives a call to help a witch in Seattle he responds because he believes she may help lead him to Tain. Amber, the witch in question, is casting a spell to discover who murdered her sister, another witch, and why. Soon they are off and running on adventure that takes them across the western hemisphere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
247 pages. Very nice start to a good paranormal series. I was not disappointed JA has done it again.
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
This book is a first in a series about Immortal Warriors. Immortal Warriors created to defeat any and all traces of death magic to keep the balance between life magic and death magic. Immortal Warriors are tasked to keep this balance intact yet when one of the Immortal Warriors goes missing and none of the Goddess Mothers want to go after the missing warrior. The warriors abandon the task of keeping the balance between life magic and death magic any more. Here are the rest of my thoughts on this book: 700 years has passed since Adrian's brother and fellow warrior Tain has gone missing. For Adrian, not a day goes by when he hasn't searched for his brother Tain yet not finding any clues as to his whereabouts in all that time. Adrian dreams are more like nightmares as far as he's concerned regarding Tain and his disappearance. When he's nearly killed during one of his dreams by a demon, he begins to hunt for the mystery woman from his dream; little did he know his whole world is about to change completely. Amber Silverthorn is trying to find her sister Susan's murderer in the very warehouse where Susan died. Amber is determined to get the answers she needs no matter the cost even if it's her life that ends. When a demon attacks Amber for trying to get answers she seeks only to be stopped by tall, dark, deadly, and handsome stranger who happens to be a warrior that appears out of nowhere. Amber is wary of this stranger which is to her credit and pleases Adrian all the more. Adrian recognizes that Amber is a soul used to tragedy inspite of her age and inexplicitly drawn to her. Adrian has felt this kind of attraction to a woman for a very long time or if ever. He nudges Amber with his mind to relax and share with him what he wants to know. Amber finds herself sharing things with Adrian that she normally wouldn't share yet feels comfortable doing so. Amber always knows when Adrian is using his mind magic skill on her but doesn't seem to really mind though. As Amber and Adrian get closer, the more they realize that something needs to be done about the increase in death magic which is getting dangerously close to tipping the balance between life magic and death magic. Adrian suggests that a spell called The Calling should be sent out to Adrian's other brothers as a way to seek out the balance between the two magics. Will Adrian's brother Tain be found? Will Adrian share his feelings? Can the balance be restored? Will the Calling work? Your answers await you in The Calling.
srfeike More than 1 year ago
Amber is a witch in a world where magic and magical creatures are common knowledge. She is trying to find out who killed her sister when she is attacked by a demon and is saved by Adrain, the sexy immortal warrior, and of course, sparks fly. Adrian is on a search for his brother, missing for 700 years. The two must team up with other magical creatures, including a dragon, a werewolf, and a vampire, to solve the murder of Amber's sister and to find Adrian's brother. I've never really liked books where the magic is "out," much preferring the secretive aspect, but I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were well created and very likable. The author was able to give each of them their own personalities, which I enjoyed. I really liked the array of magical creatures and the characteristics given to each of them. I've never read a series where the books were written by different people, and I look forward to seeing how the different writing styles change the story.
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