The Forsaken Mass Market Paperback – Jun 26 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Weird energy is going down, and demon-killing Damali is not at all herself in Banks's seventh Vampire Huntress Legend (after The Damned). Soon after Damali walks out on her soul mate, ex-vampire Carlos Rivera, she meets a mysterious stranger who frightens"and tempts"her more than anyone or anything has before. Is he from the Light or from hell? Something is seriously wrong in the universe, and the forces of evil may be getting the upper hand. Banks lays a lot of wisdom on the line about male-female relationships, along with more of her complex cosmology that samples various religions, folklore and a wide array of myth. But it's the characters and their passions coupled with the author's wild imagination that drive the narrative. The story has gotten so complicated it may be difficult for a newcomer to fathom, but readers already enthralled with this sizzling series can look forward to major plot payoffs. (July)
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“Banks lays a lot of wisdom on the line about male-female relationships…But It’s the characters and their passions coupled with the author’s wild imagination that drive the narrative. . .[a] sizzling series.”
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In the latest installment, Carlos has a difficult time adjusting to his neteru status that, consequently, took he and his team members through great changes--especially Damali. In The Forsaken, the fallout of his inability to adjust has spilled over into his relationship with Damali. Unbeknownest to them, their problems have been somewhat orchestrated by Lilith who has been given a second chance by The Unnamed One to seek revenge. Lilith brings forth a powerful being that was once banished into a forsaken land, and he possess everything that can bring Damali to her knees--physically, mentally and spiritually--and Carlos to self destruction.
As a fan of this series, this installment is among the top two for me. Banks uses this book to show the vulnerability and immaturity, of our young neteru couple, Damali and Carlos, as well as their true strength. She has made them human with the weight of the world, literally, on their shoulders. It is awesome reading about them as they maneuver through life and surreal events with real emotions. Their struggle with pride and impulsive choices are perpetuated by peer advice that is understandable but not necessarily practical. The guidance and correction that they received from their elders had me talking to the book saying, "That's what elders are supposed to do and say." I enjoyed how Banks takes this supernatural life and grounds it in real possibilities. Despite the fact that the characters have out-of-this-world strengths and abilities, you can still relate to them.
I also enjoyed the groundwork and foreshadowing that she set up in The Forsaken for the next of the series. I am highly anticipating the next book. I bought this book the day it came out but it sat, unread, for two weeks. Once I started, I was mad that I did not read it the first day. I just hope the follow-up equals the excitement for me that this one generated.
The Guardian team has relocated to the West Coast. Carlos and Damali have been apexing for a month, wallowing in lustful release. But Damali, in a jealous rage over Carlos and a female team member, has flat lined on Carlos. Both of them need to drop kick their premature super-egos to another realm and focus, they are dividing the team.
The Dilemma: 'The tsunami' caused the earth to wobble on its axis in the east, time stopped and the earth's clock is off by milliseconds. A dimensional rip was created in the fold in the air, like a torn curtain. The second male Neteru created, who had been banished to a forsaken land, walked through the opening in the veil. This entity is the muse in Damali's music, and her music is the medium that brings him through the rip. It is the one entity strong enough to challenge Carlos for her love, and worse, could cause an adverse affect on the doors of Heaven. With the stoppage of time, the auras of two competing male Neterus piercing the universe, and entities traveling between dimensions, it is nearly impossible to decipher 'Light' from 'Dark'. The female Neteru could lose her heart, her soul and even her life.
L.A. Banks has intensified the vampire huntress series. The in-depth research, the imaginative juices, and the climatic battle of titans will have readers lodged between two prolific battalions. Without warning this supernatural adventure has your adrenaline pumping, your heart flexing and your instincts preparing to do battle. Banks allows readers to travel from the Seventh realm below to realms far above top-side and still maintain their equilibrium. THE FORSAKEN, book seven, is all that; fierce, creative, regenerative, and vividly three dimensional. This one moves the series closer to epic proportions. Awesome!
Reviewed by aNN
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The 7th book in this series is all about Choices and the Consequences of these choices. With the chairman being gone, as of book 6, you would think that things would get easier for the Guardian team. However, there is a new threat to the team that will test the boundaries of love for the two Neterus (Carlos and Damali). Will their love survive? Also, last time we left our Mother-seer, Marlene, she was in a love triangle with Kamal and Shabazz. Who will she choose? Has Rider finally accepted the fact that Tara is with someone else? Also, has Tara finally moved on? Dan was still upset that the Krissy is not in love with him. Will he finally find love? I wish I could tell you, but I can't spoil it for you. To find these things out and more, you'll have to read the book.
If you love the characters in these books like I do, then this book will make you angry, laugh, and cry. This book has all the elements of a good read: Drama, and Suspense. I stayed up til 3 a.m. two nights in a row, because I just could not put this book down. If you haven't read any books in this series and read this book, it will make you go out and buy the first 6 books and break your neck trying to read to catch up to the current book.
Also, at the end of this book is a preview to book 8 that will make you scream! I'm sorry, I can't tell you about it, you just have to buy the book. I promise you, this installment is not one to be missed!
Maybe the author was having man trouble, I don't know. It was just very noticeable as a man bashing episode on a massive scale. I guess being female, she's going to be biased toward her female characters. The redeemer is Carlos gets fixed and the book goes on to have an awesome ending. The preview at the end of the book for "The Wicked" tells you the next book is gonna rock the house. If you have been along for all the rides in the previous books, like me, you'll also be biting your nails waiting till February and the next book is releases.
Meanwhile, Lilith is busy trying to make amends with her husband...and we all know who that is.....after the death of the Chairman at the hands of the Neterus. Lilith must make set about once again causing death, destruction and mental unrest...amidst the Neterus and the Guardian team. Decisions must be made...Carlos or Cain? Is the latter representing goodness....or something much darker? Fans of this series will keep the pages turning, eager to find out.....