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I Belong


Review: Ascension by Sable Grace

Title: Ascension

Author: Sable Grace

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Dark Breed (Book 1)

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Format: Paperback, 374 Pages

ISBN-10: 0061964409 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0061964404 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both…

Quick & Dirty: The gates to Hades had been opened, Kyana and Ryker must find the key to save the world.

Opening SentenceDespite the chaos of the world around her, she couldn’t help but hum Queen’s “We Are the Champions” in her head.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

A debut author’s work can some times be a challenge.  The lack of clarity in the author’s spoken voice can become cloudy or even worse a grammatical nightmare.  To add to the recipe that is Sable Grace is the fact that this “author” is in fact a writing team of Heather Waters and Laura Barone.  I’m absolutely delighted that not only does this book have drama, passion, great story telling but a wonderful sense of playfulness that grabs you about the heroine, Kyana.  The opening sentence says it all.  How can anyone not love a character that can hear Queen’s We Are The Champions, I know I can’t.

The complexity of the world that you are thrown into is astounding.  There is a world being waged against all humanity because the gates of Hades have been opened and all the demonic minions have been set loose.  Kyana is a part Vampire and part Lichen and her job is to track down “The Chosen” which are replacements for the gods.  Kyana has been sent to track down these important humans before they are murdered.  When we first meet Kyana she has discovered one of “The Chosen” and is thrilled to be able to bring her back alive.

Ryker is introduced to us as a demi-god and the partner that Kyana must accept if she is to undertake the quest to find the Key to Hades.  To say these two have a history is an understatement. Their story is the continuous thread through out the entire novel but doesn’t take away from the complexity of the world the reader finds themselves in.

The juxtaposition of the characters in this book fascinates me: vampyres and demi-gods, mortals and lichens, Greek Gods and Magic.  With every page I kept wondering what other twist this book was going to add to the equation.  But even with this level of complexity and scope the book never loses focus on the object, to keep the reader entertained and yearning for more.

My only complaint is that I wish there had been a cheat sheet with a list of the Greek gods and their job, like Hades being the god of the dead and Artemis being the goddess of the hunt.  The book gives you enough information but I wish I’d had a little more information readily available.

In conclusion, this novel is a must read if you enjoy Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Shapeshifter Romance or Magic.  Sable Grace’s work has gone from not being on my radar to ensuring I must purchase next book in the Dark Breed series.

Notable Scene:

“And,” she said, the need to ooze out the venom inside her nearly crippling her, “for the record, you’re not the best.  You’re just a product of nepotism.  If your daddy wasn’t the God of War, you wouldn’t even be here–”

“Enough.”  He straightened, suddenly looking too tall and broad for her comfort.  Kyana found herself fascinated with the swirling silver in his eyes and the way the gray gave way to blood red.  Ryker hissed.  “Don’t underestimate me Kyana.”

“Back atcha, Ryker.”

Charon’s ferry putt-putted over the black, glassy river, coming to a bouncy stop at the dock.

Without touching Kyana, Ryker managed to swoop around her and board the ferry.  “Come or don’t come, Kyana, but I have a job to do, and I’m not waiting for you to get your head out of your ass long enough to do it with me.”

Dark Breed Series:

0.5 Before the Fall

1. Ascension

2. Bedeviled

3. Chosen

FTC Advisory: Avon/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Ascension. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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