Burning Skies Mass Market Paperback – Apr 8 2011
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“Caris Roane powers into the paranormal romance genre with a sexy, cool, edgy romantic fantasy that gleams like the dark wings and lethal allure of her Guardians of Ascension vampires. Prepare to be enthralled!” ―New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian
“Ascension is an explosive and passionate start to a thrilling new series! I can't get enough of these sexy warriors!” ―New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
From the Back Cover
Enter a hidden world of winged vampire warriors―bound by duty to protect humankind, and sworn to fight for the women they love….
THE HUNGER WITHIN
A vampire warrior in exile, Marcus Amargi resists the call to return to the ranks of the Guardians who fight the death vamp armies. Here on Mortal Earth, Marcus has another battle on his hands―the seductive lure of Havily Morgan. The woman meant for him. Whose blood he craves. The one who comes to him in dreams―and demands his surrender…
THE FIRE UNLEASHED
A beautiful immortal with extraordinary powers, Havily lives in the realm of Second Earth but, in her fantasies, yearns for her winged lover Marcus. Soon, their bond will be put to the ultimate test. When their bloodthirsty enemies set the night on fire with sky-blazing weapons, Marcus and Havily must unite body and soul, to unleash the full power of their passion―and fight fire with fire…
"Sexy, cool, edgy romantic fantasy…Prepare to be enthralled."
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the way Caris Roane keeps all the characters active in each book which enriches the storyline and encourages the reader to commit to these characters and the series.
I had a hard time putting this book down and am eager for the third. We already know it will feature Parisa and Medichi since they are a significant but unresolved couple in this book. It also will likely include the powerful empath, Alison and her warrior as well as Havily, who has gained more power and a mate who is both a warrior and captain of industry.
I really enjoy a battle between good and evil in which the villian is both evil and interesting. In these books, the corresponding leader of the good is a seven foot tall, 9000 year old, foul mouthed bimbo with a terrible temper, awesome power and a rotten personality. The fact that she is truly likable and believable is a credit to the writer.
Marcus and Havily had no chance against
waiting on my next book Gates of Rapture
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Impressions - Marcus is fairly well fleshed out. I like his "man" moments, I like how he takes care of Havily, I like how he accepts responsibility for his faults. Havily comes off as immature and shallow. Much is made of both Marcus and Havily's wardrobes...maybe it's me, but I didn't get where that should be the clue that they belong together. Love of designer labels=compatibility?
What worked for me - Endelle. Marcus. Antony. The other Warriors whose names I can't remember and I am too lazy to go get my reader. Compelling possibilites from the storyline. Interesting world building. I often(really often) felt like this book was written by 2 very different authors. I mean, it suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. Parts of it read as a strong, compelling PNR. I enjoyed the mythology, although I found it unrealisitic that 8 men could take on an entire army of the bad vampires. I liked the other Warriors, and I think Endelle could be one of my favorite characters ever. Endelle's voice, Marcus's voice, the basic story... all of those were out of the park wins. I like this writer.
What didn't work for me - Then we have Havily's voice, and Parisa's voice, and the meandering stuff going on in the background. This author felt disjointed, and contradictory. Words were used incorrectly. There were "ands" where there should have been "buts", which makes keeping up with the direction of the conversations or storyline all but impossible. Parisa, in particular, about drove me crazy. At first, she feels alive in Second Earth as she never has before, she is happy, happy, happy... Not two pages later, she is depressed, she wants to leave, she is a whining pile of woman...Why? I'm not really sure.
Havily cannot...let...GO... of the fact that Marcus walked away from the Warriors. Never mind that he had a really compelling reason. Never mind that he has come back. Oh, no....she can't let it go. That whole plotline felt contrived to me. It made Havily seem shallow. The reasons for Havily and Marcus not wanting to be mates also felt contrived. Parisa and Antony are supposed to be mates...but they don't want to be. I sense a theme.
And then there is the "cried" thing. I see this mentioned in a review for Ascension, and it bears repeating. No more "cried", for the love of Heaven. Everyone cries everything. No kidding, at least once every other page he cried, she cried, everybody cried, cried...STOP! Also, I think the author is trying to create signature slang ala JRW. In the tradition of the incomparable "True?", we get "So...[excrement]" every page or so. Don't get me wrong, the "So...[...]" is better than the cried thing.
If we could have a lot more of the strong, compelling, forward moving voice and less of the hand wringing, woe is me, I am saying one thing but doing another and now I am doing something else completely out of character voice, this would be a terrific series. I have not read Ascension and I am not sure if I am going to pick up the next book in the series, at least until I read some realistic reviews. There are some parts that are so good, but I am not sure it outweighs the not so good.
Marcus knows what Havily feels as he covets her blood. They are also in the throes of the breh-hedden mate bonding that she desires and he loathes for fear the woman meant for him could die. She wants nothing less than his full capitulation to her. At the same time, Marcus battles his need to surrender to his mate, brutal death vampire Eldon Crace wants Havily's special blood his lethal way.
The second Guardians of Ascension vampire romantic thriller (see Ascension) is a terrific tale as the audience continues to learn more about the vampire civil war that is played out in combat and politics. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing as he cannot move on pass the violent death of his sibling while though sympathetic she cannot accept anything less than his whole heart and soul. Readers will enjoy the paranormal romance, but it is the background Roane mythology that makes for a powerful entry.
The world that this author built is intriguing; very well done. I enjoy reading that these Vampires can "fold" their clothes off and on, that they eat and drink like people, is very loyal and loving to one another. When they get angry they can split the resonance in their voice and cause pain. The description of these guys, The Warriors of the Blood, is oh so hot! I can just picture them and my temperature rises. She builds up the next story beautifully. Unlike the main characters in the first book, I didn't completely love Havlin and Warrior Marcus. I have a feeling I'm going to love Medichi and Parisas story in the next book.
I can't wait. I highly recommend this book even if you haven't read the first one.