Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1) by Arshad Ahsanuddin 5*
BLURB: An unlikely savior emerges to prevent the advent of mass destruction and genocide descending on the world…
Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.
The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion.
By the Sword
Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa's service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war.
Betrayal and treachery lurk around every corner on the road to coexistence, and at every turn, Nick must question who to trust among his metahuman allies, friends, and lovers—before their civilization is plunged into the depths of darkness and bloodshed. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.
My Review: Superb world building and an interestingly epic story! What more could any discerning reader want? How about magic side by side with technology or self sacrifice next door to deception and treason? Well you get all of that and more in this great new series by an awesome new to me author. I will be getting the follow up books as soon as funds allow and I look forward to reading more about some really great characters.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Cross Purposes (Chronicles of Ylandre #5) by Eressë 5*
BLURB: With love, the line between happiness and heartache is all too easy to cross.
One of Ylandre’s most prominent nobles, Keosqe Deilen may have had it all in terms of wealth, power and social rank. But in matters of the heart, he was impoverished. Such was the consequence of falling in unrequited love. Though he hides that love and his sorrow well, a few inevitably see through his masquerade.
Young Tristen Marante is quick to discern Keosqe’s pain. His blunt sympathy is a balm to Keosqe’s wounded heart as much as his beauty is an effective distraction from the noble’s hopeless yearning. But Tristen is a skittish would-be lover, whose reluctance to express his affection is as much an impediment as the lack of reciprocation from Keosqe’s first love had been. Whereas Keosqe seeks intimacy, Tristen shies from it, suspicious of the motives behind his pursuit and unwilling to yield his heart so easily or soon.
With such different perspectives toward lust and love, is it any wonder their path to a common goal is strewn with stumbling blocks and paved with false impressions?
My Review: This is the last in the series so far and I really hope the author brings out more of them. Like the previous stories in this series I was drawn in and felt every emotion alongside the MCs. Again the story runs parallel with the others for some of the time and the reader gets to read about them from the MCs point of view. The way the author tugs at the reader's heartstrings is very intense and there were many passages that had me near tears.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Heartstrings (Chronicles of Ylandre #4) by Eressë 5*
BLURB: When all else comes to naught, a steadfast heart is the only thing that stands between hope and despair.
Scions of the most powerful House in Ylandre, Ashrian Mithani and Eiren Sarvan were more than just cousins. Lovers of long standing, theirs was a bond that would have been the envy of all were it not for one glaring flaw — Ashrian’s inability to commit himself wholeheartedly to Eiren. Despite the dismay of some and the derision of others, Eiren bore his inconstancy, displaying a loyalty Ashrian seemed incapable of returning. That is, until Ashrian crossed a line and the transgression proved one Eiren could not forgive.
In the wake of grief and remorse, Ashrian seeks to make amends and win Eiren back. But something stands in his way. Or rather someone. And the irony of it all is that Ashrian can neither hate nor help befriending the Deir who is his rival for the heart of Ylandre’s most beloved physician.
My Review: If you haven't noticed yet I am working my way through the Chronicles OF Ylandre by Eressë. Oh boy are they good, she has me feeling everything her MCs do and it is getting heart wrenching. In this latest book I was so angry with Ashrian for being such a fool and yet I also felt so sorry for him as he made so many avoidable mistakes. His growth throughout the story was wonderfully portrayed. Yet again this was a story with a parallel timeline to previous ones and it was lovely seeing the events of them as they occurred in this one. It gives the reader a chance to catch up on former MCs in such away so as not to distract from the main story.