Sunday, June 1, 2014

Gena Showalter - Burning Dawn

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies.
He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary.
But Thane's unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

Comment: This is the author's latest installment in her spin off series with the angels. I've had this book to be read for a couple of months now and there's another book in the main series to be released late this year, so I started this one to keep the reading of her books spaced out well.

This story is about Thane, one of the angels of dark, the second on command after Zacharel, and how he finds himself a slave to a phoenix in their camp. He has the help of a human also bounded there and as a reward she wants him to free her too. Thane takes her to the clouds to work as barmaid. Elin only wants to reach her dreams but as time goes by and as their attraction gets harder to avoid, Elin starts to reconsider her goals and Thane realizes what he feared he couldn't have might be easier to catch than what he ever thought...

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. 
As any reader knows, each book is perceived differently by everyone. Some things are considered bad, others good and often, if not always, what some think is well done, others don't. I've seen some opinions, nothing deep or explained, just random words here and there about this book. Some say it wasn't bad, but not great, others said it was weak as her latest stories and others liked it. It can't be a hate or love book otherwise such different opinions wouldn't surface. But as every reader is different, also is every single book. The two combined create the perfect environment to produce a book that has an average feel, not too bad, not too great. I think this happens with this book, probably auto fans of the author or the story liked it a lot, others not so much but all this serves to say what works for some, might not for others. While reading, despite enjoying it, I could also see the parts where some people might not feel as happy with it. Although some things could have been better - don't we say this about almost every book we read? - I still think it wasn't so bad, for me. So, the story seemed good enough and I saw the elements that worked out for me to enjoy them together. Is this a bad book, I don't think so, but in a way, I can understand why some would be disappointed.

Thane is a warrior with many things to worry about. I liked his character and how he took care of those he considered family. I liked his interactions with the characters around him and how he started to understand the lesson he needed, that the right friends, the right people to be around can be not only helpful but solid to make his life matter too. I loved his dedication to his friends and how he wanted to protect them. We could discuss his maniac mind about sex and violence but this is PNR and both are more than expected in this world. He doesn't seem as easy to read or accept at first but his changing heart was believable enough.

Elin was a cute character, loved all the scenes she was in. She had dreams but those were more related to guilt than real hope and with time she came to terms about what her true feelings were. Especially funny were the baking scenes, as she is a terrible baker but wanted to succeed so bad. She helped Thane and she changed the way some people behaved because of her personality and take on life. I liked her.

I also liked the character's interactions, even with people from th main series with the Lords and hints about what is happening. I liked the little clues about who might come next and how everything was shaped in a way to make the reader interested in reading more.
The sex is too much in my opinion, or should I say, it's so random at times it lacks a bit of its purpose, which should be to bring the main couple closer and more intimate. Oh well.
The plot continues, some new steps are being taken to reach some sort of end, which I think must be the angel's redemption and realization that happiness and love are the best tools to fight evil and to have friends and a family. But it sure takes long and all the fighting, when not related to something pertaining like the expectation of some character's power or something, isn't that amazing as that.

All in all, not the very best ever by the author but for it worked well and despite some things here and there not as polished as I wanted to see, but still, for me and for what I think the series is aiming for, I don't think it was a bad effort at all.
Grade: 7/10

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