Sunday, October 19, 2014

Caris Roane - Obsidian Flame

For a hundred years, Marguerite has been imprisoned and used for her powerful psychic abilities. Her only relief comes from her regular visits with Thorne, her vampire lover.  His every touch leaves her hungry for more..and aching for their next encounter. When Marguerite is finally set free, she returns to Mortal Earth to begin a new life for herself.  She dyes her hair white-blonde, paints her nails blood-red, and seduces a sexy-hot stranger. Why can’t she stop thinking about Thorne?
Now that Marguerite is gone, Thorne craves her more than ever..and follows her to Mortal Earth.  Unfortunately, he is not the only vampire who wants her. As one of three powerful women with obsidian flame abilities, Marguerite is a valuable treasure—and a dangerous weapon. For Thorne, she is a soulmate he must protect at any cost…even his own life.

Comment: This is another of the books in the Ascension series by the author. The series focus on a world where vampires ascend to another plane, where life is similar to ours on Earth, but where ascenders have wings and special abilities and powers. The main action revolves around a war between good and evil, of course, and how each faction grows an army to the final battle which I assume will happen in the last - and following - book.

This is Theron's story. He's the leader of the Warriors of the Blood, a group of special and more powerful fighters who combat the enemy all over the world. Recently all the warriors have met and fell in love their mate, with the exception, so far, of only three. Theron has been in love with Marguerite but their relationship is complicated. But now she is free from the sort of prison she has been and only wants her freedom. But Theron isn't able t let go, so he takes a break from his duty to pursue his heart's desire. However, things aren't as simple as that and the fate of many against the fate of two can really be a fair math? How will Theron convince Marguerite to be with him always?

This series' plot has been increasing in action and momentum, obviously ready to come to a point because the series will end. Or, at least, it will come to the end of the arc if one can say so, because accordingly to the author more stories were planned until the publisher decided to finish it will the remaining book. The author will self publish the last three warrior's stories afterwards, eventually.

Despite these facts, one thing is clear. The author wanted to take things to a new level and set up the jump into another arc or series. Maybe. Now I don't know because of the publishing issue. Anyway, this story is a goos continuation of the things happening in the previous books and manages to set up things in a very intriguing way in what we think will be a sort of epic finale, at least in terms of action.

The characters all play some sort of role here. The ones we know continue to be important and there are several new appearances to fulfill the plot development. There are new discoveries and actions that can be surprising and once again, despite one can read this as s tad alone story, I think it's one of those cases it would only ruin it because so many things are linked, it actually best to read in order, not only to best understand the characters, world and plot, but mainly to be able to understand the whys of so many decisions.

I liked the way things moved and the best part is actually the plot and character's conversations.
However, the romance really annoyed me. I don't like Marguerite, and the way the author kid of reformed her at the end wasn't enough. I think Thorne deserved someone strong yes, but different. Honestly I can't empathize with a character that only wants sex and as many partners as she can find. I understand the reasons she has and how her personality works, but sincerely, I didn't like her and felt sad Thorne, as one of the key players, had to be saddled up with her.
I liked they had a HEA but Marguerite will never be someone I care about. I just can't accept her choices although I can understand them.

I was so annoyed at this, the sex scenes I skipped, because they didn't mean anything to me, as I always felt Marguerite wasn't cherishing them as they should, in a way. They are mates, destined ones based on the details of the world, and she still wanted something different. Ok, but then it wasn't fair to Theron...I think in a way it was interesting to have this POV in a character, but still, not a favorite and not enjoyable to me.

I'm curious over the next and final story but this one wasn't as amazing as I hoped for, considering Theron and his role as leader and ho things are, in general terms of world structure. Still, enjoyable enough but never special or fantastic.
Grade: 6/10

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