09 September 2008

Review: Jennifer Ashley - The Calling

Mass Market Paperback: 357 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (May 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505526875
ISBN-13: 978-0505526878

Created at the dawn of time to protect humanity, the ancient warriors have been nearly forgotten, though magic lives on--in vampires, werewolves, the Celtic Sidhe, and other beings. But now one of their own has turned rogue, and the world is again in desperate need of the IMMORTALS.

He burst into the battle, his leather jacket billowing and his huge silver sword flashing. Amber had no idea why this windswept warrior would rescue her, but there he was--fighting the same demon who'd killed her sister. Though he was a stranger, she immediately sensed he'd come to protect her. And with the first touch of his lips on hers, she knew he was bound to her, his body meant for her. Yet the shadow of evil is spreading quickly, and more death will follow unless they can discover the secrets of...THE CALLING.

I highly anticipated the first novel in the immortal series and after finishing the last page I was glad that it answered to all my expectations. Jennifer Ashley gave a grand opening with her novel in the immortal series! After been fed bits and pieces waiting for the release you dive right into the action with this novel as Amber and Adrian meet through a vicious demon. Jennifer Ashley creates a world that you’re immediately a part of, trying to find out what the hell is going on, when the main characters are doing the same. With each chapter I irrevocably got drawn into the Immortal world and I loved being there!

There is an evil rising, which is not very spectacular, but the fact that it’s emotionally tied to Adrian is what gives an epic and dramatic feel to it. You just don’t want it to be so and if it has to be so the reader in me wants it to be saved. Adrian to me was an incredible character, everything I wanted a Immortal demi-god hero to be: all powerful, arrogant, sensual and almost tortured to the soul! Amber was a joy as a heroin but next to Adrian lost a bit of her strength as a character, her wiccan powers just didn’t have that kick-ass bite to them. But the passion that simmered between Adrian and Amber blew away any doubt about them not belonging together.

There were also very strong secondary characters in this first novel, Ferrin as a snake/ sword / magical attribute of Adrian, loved there interaction. Valerian as one of Adrian’s best friends…he added a flair of humor that was much appreciated by me and Sabina with her sharp comments as Ambers best friend added a bite to it. Of course there was also Septimus as an evil vampire with elegance and long forgotten rules of etiquette, he almost gave evil a decant face…..hey, I said almost!

Jennifer Ashley made a statement with her talent as passion, action, good and evil whirl into a tapestry of a novel that shines a bright future for this series. The end answers to my romantic heart in a heroic way and leaves an interesting cliff hanger for Robin T Popp to develop a second novel on that I’m very eager to read!

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