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Light of Dawn by Angela Colsin

Light of Dawn is Book 2 of The Crucible Series by Angela Colsin, an independent author I have recently found.

The BlurbHired to find a curse box, the draconian mercenary, Ulric Dra’Kai, is directed to seek out the human Charlotte Mulligan who’ll lead him to his ultimate goal. Expecting to get information from her with ease, Ulric instead meets a determined mortal who refuses to be intimidated—and draws him in like no other.

As that attraction grows, he comes to believe Charlotte may be his destined mate, but there’s a problem—he’s immortal, making that impossible. Answers could possibly lie in the dormant supernatural side of Charlotte’s lineage, but getting them proves difficult when vampires are out for her blood.

Charlotte thought she was an ordinary human living an average life until receiving an odd package in the mail containing a unique trinket box. Soon after, she’s attacked by vampires and swept up in a hunt by a dangerous but attractive stranger who not only reveals the truth of the supernatural world, but also informs her that she’s a part of it.

Trying to survive while her life is coming apart, a passion for the draconian protecting her sparks to life, one she has to guard her heart against when being mortal makes a union between them difficult, if not impossible.

My thoughts:  I enjoyed this book, even more than Book 1 of the series (Blue Moon, previously reviewed).  We meet Ulric and his sidekick, Isaac, in Blue Moon and this book is Ulric’s story.  Ulric is a Draconian, a descendent of humans mixed with the blood of one of five Dragon Houses.  Charlotte is a mortal at the beginning of the story, but there is more to her than being a mere mortal.  Ulric is hired to find a mysterious mystical item and runs into Charlotte by way of a divination made to him by a supernatural being.  Adventures ensue from there.  Needless to say, Charlotte is not exactly what Ulric expects.  He thinks he is boss but she shows him that she is not a pushover. I like a strong heroine and I really enjoyed that aspect of their relationship.  Adventures fighting vampires, each other (and themselves) all make for an interesting story worth reading.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Blue Moon by Angela Colsin

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Blue Moon is the first book in The Crucible Series by Angela Colsin.  This is the first time I have read this independent author.

The BlurbWhen betrayed by his Alpha, Cade Hodgins takes the role in leading the Arkin City pack and begins his search for those responsible for his father’s death. Information is hard to come by however—until a stray lupine wanders into his territory.

But Ashley Passmore is no ordinary stray. She’s a newborn wolf, turned from being a human with no prior knowledge that lupines existed. Due to her blackouts, she can’t recall who turned her or why, but Cade suspects her attackers may be the same as those who entrapped his father.

In the meantime, Cade takes Ashley in to help her regain control of her new life, and finds more than just a lead—she’s his mate. But Ashley is adjusting to the new world she’s been thrust into, making it uncertain she’ll accept the growing bond between them, while those who turned her want to make sure she’s silenced for good.

My thoughts:  A few chapters into this book, I thought that this would be simply a quick, easy, light read.  I enjoy those books every so often as a change of pace from some of what I read.  However, I was glad to see this book has more to it than that.  It was a quick read, but enjoyable.  Cade has some issues to work through dealing with the death of his father. Ashley has many issues dealing with being a new lupine when she didn’t even know they existed.  Humans are notoriously unaware of what happens around us!!  Both are also going to have to come to terms with the whole mate issue.  I did like that the author made this part of the story go slow for them from the standpoint of the actual hookup.  They both dealt with the emotions internally first.  I think it improved the story that way. They had enough going on as it was especially figuring out the mystery of Ashley’s turning and the death of Cade’s father.  I really enjoyed the introduction of two interesting characters that are also supernatural beings towards the end and the twist involving them.  I am moving on to Book 2.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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The Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter

  • The Irin Chronicles is a series of three books that are titled (in order):

The Scribe
The Singer
The Secret

I am going to review all three as a set because all three have to be read to get the whole story. Book one is a real cliffhanger!

This story evolves around 2 distinct cultures (or are they distinct?). You learn throughout the story that the cultures involved are the offspring of the Fallen and the Forgiven. Twenty-one angels fell from heaven. Seven died, seven returned (Forgiven) and seven stayed on earth (Fallen). The offspring of the Forgiven are the Irin and the offspring of the Fallen are the Grigori. Both sets of offspring have inherited magic abilities from their angel fathers. The Irin’s stated role on earth is to protect the humans (who are unaware of what is going on) and to hunt/kill the Grigori. The Grigori are vicious hunters and users of the humans (but are all of them this way?). The Irin society’s numbers are decreasing because two centuries ago, the Grigori attacked the Irina (the females) and decimated their numbers. However, all is not what we think it is throughout the story. Actually, what we learn in Books 2 and 3 totally turns the story upside down and nothing is quite what it seems in the early stages of the story. The author does this very well. There were several spots in books 2 and 3 (I was reading these on my Kindle), that I had to stop and put in a note so I would make sure I remembered a few things. Many passages are highlighted. I normally do not do these things—a good indication of how the story evolves over the life of the books.

My thoughts: I loved this trilogy. I found book 1 because it was the monthly selection of an online book club I am in some time ago and I really enjoyed it. I had other reading obligations at the time so I could not get to books 2 and 3 until now. But the story just would not leave my head and others recommended it to me that I knew I had to finish the series. And I am so glad I did. The author has created a rich and complex world and is very good at the world building. Her world is very descriptive in the narrative but not so descriptive that she bogs us down with it. A lot of the world building is also done in the character interaction/dialogue which the author did a great job with. I am very critical when it comes to dialogue. If I don’t feel that the dialogue is believable for the characters to say to each other, the book falls flat for me. Sorry—that’s just the way I roll. It’s a quirk. The main characters in this trilogy are Malachi, a centuries old Irin scribe, and Ava, a current day very special human (or is she?),  and of course, they are going to become fated mates. The secondary characters are wonderful and add so much life to the story. Much of the story takes place in the Istanbul and Vienna areas and these locations also add a lot of life to the story.

We learn in a note to the readers after the story concludes in book 3 that the author is now planning more books in this world for some of the other characters and I for one, am looking forward to reading them also.