(HIGHLY recommend to read prequel first--The Angel Knights)
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*** SILVER AWARD WINNER 2016--YA FANTASY--READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD***
A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page! ~InD'tale Magazine
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars' cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.
About the Author
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.
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*2018 Winner-American Fiction Awards in Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic
*2018 Winner-International Book Awards in Science Fiction
*2018 Winner-Readers’ Favorite International Book Award YA Action
*2018 Hollywood Book Festival First Runner Up in Science Fiction
Crossroads Saga, Crossroads
*Reader’s Favorite Gold Award Winner for Young Adult 2012
Descendant Prophecies, From Gods
*RONE Award finalist for InD’Tale Magazine for Young Adult
The Secret Knights Series, The Chosen Knights
*YA fantasy-Readers’ Favorite International Book Silver Award
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
*2018 Hollywood Book Festival First Runner up in Unpublished Manuscript.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was excited to get my hands on this one, and even more excited that it didn't disappoint. Before reading this first book, it's highly recommendable to read The Angel Knights first. Although the author does give enough background to get the story going, it's easier to understand the characters and the situation after reading the novella. Lucia and Zach are sent on a mission with their uncle to scope out supernaturals. As angels, they're hoping to find a way to stop the threat of a possible war with the demons. Hiding as students at a high school on Hawaii, they soon locate students with special powers. But the numbers are much greater than they first expect as are the secrets some of the hold. Soon, Lucia finds herself not only trying to figure out normal human, high school teenagers but battling a very evil force. Add a forbidden romance, and she's gotten herself into a prickly situation. This is an exciting read involving the battle between good and evil, while letting tons of gray swim in between. During the first chapters, it's a little hard to grasp Lucia and Zach, but then, they're having trouble grasping their new situation. As fresh inhabitants on Earth (undercover), they are trying to blend in with humans and not necessarily understanding things right away. As the story progresses, especially Lucia becomes an amazing character, who is hard not to like. She's brave, protective, a little awkward and naive, but determined to fulfill her role as a warrior for good. And she's not alone. The characters around her each have their own personalities, problems and goals, which gives the tale a nice depth. They offer tons of twists and turns as the plot progresses and make it hard to guess where the entire adventure is heading. Boring is not a word for this book. Something is always happening, and the danger increases with every page. More and more characters unfold as the plot thickens, promising a rich series to come. Still, the story maintains the feel of a teenage novel. The characters make many mistakes and behave as teens would—this is a definite YA read. There's mistrust as well as concerns about popularity and who gets to sit at which table in the cafeteria. The romance fits well to the age group as well. It has a bit of instant love, but also isn't an easy and builds up over time. Fans of young adult paranormal fantasy and romance with tons of magic, demons and battles are sure to enjoy this one. The ending is a cliff-hanger and promises tons more to come. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading it so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review. Review ‘The Chosen Knights’ is the first novel in the spinoff series 'The Angel Knights'. This is the second series which the author, Mary Ting, has written about the wonderful world of angels and demons set in Crossroads, a place where Nephilim children reside. If you're new to this author and/or series, you may want to start with the either the prequel, 'The Angel Knights', or go back to where it all began in the 'Crossroads Saga' with Michael and Claudia: father and mother to the two main protagonists of this series, Lucia and Zachary. I was super hyped about receiving a reading copy of this novel. Not only was this a continuation of a great series, but it also starred some of my favourite fantastical creatures: angels and demons. 'The Chosen Knights' is written in first point narration and follows the perspective of Lucia, younger twin sister to Zachary. I loved her due to her emotive capacity and empathy towards others. She was strong and witty and loyal. In other words: my type of protagonist. Reading from her point of view never bored me! The beginning starts off with a bang. I absolutely loved it! It grabbed me and refused to let me go. The reader gets a peak into awesome action straight away and gives such great detail and history to the future events in the novel. The prologue was dark and dangerous and just exquisitely written. As this is this is the second young-adult series by Mary Ting, her writing style had seriously improved. The wording has made the story easier to read due to its smoother style and much more fluent. There still remained a few sentences with slightly awkward, unsure phrasing but overall there was a vast improvement. The better writing SERIOUSLY also allowed for a deeper connection to the characters. I, as a reader, find the character-reader bond very important as that is what allows for a deep emotional understanding and connection, which as a result, makes the novel a bigger pleasure to read. The emotive and imagery language used was spot on. I felt every moment as if I was part of the story. It was powerful and exhilarating! Plot was very well thought through. It kept you reading and DIEING to find out more. There was lots of tension and drama and anticipation. It would call to you every single time you would put it down and refuse to be put down when you had to. There were plot twists, shocks and surprises galore! Character development and variety was spectacular! I couldn't believe how special and unique each and every one was! From main characters to minor ones, each had a personality rich in flaws, traits, and individual styles. Each character would evolve and change overtime and as the plot progressed. If you're looking for something with a bit more chemistry in it than your usual young-adult novel, then this is it! I can't believe how charged some of the scenes were and how utterly swoon worthy the male characters! Whew! There were a few formatting issues in my reading copy such as unnecessary blank pages but there was one typo but no spelling mistake. The font was a bit too big in my opinion but it was easy on the eyes. Grammar was well done and prose had incredibly improved in quality. Loved the finale! It was soooo bittersweet! What an epic way to end the first instalment! Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing the first, gorgeous instalment in 'The Angel Knights' series! I can't wait for 'The Blessed Knights'!