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Key of Solomon Paperback – Feb 7 2012
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Give her dirt, rocks and artifacts (they don’t talk back), and PhD candidate Lexi is happy. That’s not what she gets. Fate tosses her a sexy man with crazy stories of a destiny to protect magical relics. Except Mikos isn’t crazy. Assigned by Archangel Michael to guide the new Defender to win a place in Heaven, the fallen angel soon learns he’d rather battle a legion of demons than train the fight-dirty, unappreciative mortal. When her mentor is murdered, Lexi joins Mikos to find an ancient grimoire with the power to unleash Hell. And fight a passion forbidden by Heaven.
About the Author
An avid and passionate reader of science fiction and fantasy, Cassiel Knight’s own passion for out-of-this-world romance began with Janelle Taylor’s Moondust and Madness, a futuristic romance with a feisty Earthling heroine and dashing alpha hero from the stars. Her current works combine her passion for romance with an equal passion for kick-assitude, archeology, magic and things that go bump in the night. Please visit her on her site, http://cassielknight.wordpress.com/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
It's a kick-assitude story of choices with mystical and historical elements. Once Lexi (and readers) meet Rocky-the-changeling-imp the subtle shifts from dark and dangerous to surreal entertainment begin. The angel-demon politics are a bit bent, the angel wings are awesome and the vampy-demon wears some great costumes that could horribly clash with her hair and eyes, if she was human.
It's a quest story with surprising twists and Lexi is a sensual and reluctant heroine who can curl up in a chair and pout a bit that she really just wants to finish the quest and return to her life. If she really has to save humanity in the process, oh well, there are one or two humans worth saving. This reader would have liked a little more belly dancing.
The suspense is not where it was expected and the world building was fascinating. The novel has some great quotes and is lightly peppered with clichés delivered with precise timing.
It was an interesting and entertaining read and bodes well for future books in the series.
This author has created a really good fantasy novel with magical characters and complex personalities. I kept turning pages to see who was going to show up next, and Ms. Knight didn't disappoint me.
She has developed a story containing fast action, danger and angels and demons all going after an old relic that the main female character, Lexi, thinks is unimportant. Ms. Knight's main male character is a fallen angel, Mikos, trying to protect Lexi. This is no small task since the demon after the relic is extremely powerful and uses his minions to help in the matter. If I haven't caught your attention yet, please note the demon wants this relic to make a big time jail break and take over hell...
The two main characters are attracted to each other, but are also very opinionated. Lexi can also kick butt herself so there's some conflict there. The banter between them is fun, and Lexi has more brains than any of the otherworldly characters imagined. There are varying rules and powers for each type of magical being, which makes it a more interesting read for me.
The story moves fast, has lots of twists and turns and subplots, and there are no flat places in the story. I ended up reading it all in one night because I "had" to see how it ended. I read a lot, so it's a tribute to the author that her writing could keep me glued to her story.
This is the first book in this series, and I'll be watching for the next one to come out. I'd love to see Lexi and Mikos in action again. If it moves to new characters, I'm sure Ms. Knight will keep the action going and make it a great, too.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
This book is almost non-stop action. Sometimes I'd have to stop reading just to catch my breath! If you like lots of action then look no further. This book is also very adult and very sexy. You have to know when the main character is doing a belly dance with veils near the beginning of the book that things are going to be steamy. Lexi was a very strong character. She did not let anyone get anything past her. She was even brave enough to sass the Archangel Michael. That's pretty bold. Mikos is a very dashing fallen angel. He has an innate struggle with his attraction for Lexi and his need to get back to heaven. I found this to be rather moving. I really wanted Mikos to be able to get the best of both worlds. There were other fun characters as well, and the story is clearly left open for a sequel in the end. If you enjoy a lot of action, a little peril, and some major romancing, then this may be the book for you.
Book provided for review.
Mikos is an angel with a past. After falling from grace, he has worked non-stop to get back in the good graces of the powers that be. Just one task remains for him to complete and then his desire to return to heaven will be granted. What should be an easy task, makes a turn for the worst when he must convince Lexi that she is the Defender; a heritage that has been bestowed upon her by her deceased parents. Not only is Lexi head strong, stubborn and unwilling to bend, but she has an irresistible pull that Mikos can not ignore. Allowing himself to be with Lexi is not only forbidden but will ruin everything he has worked so hard to obtain.
In the majority of books that I have read that focus on the battle between good and evil...there are only angels against demons. God versus Satan. Ms. Knight takes the path least traveled and adds various aspects from Pagan spiritual paths and Mythology into the pages of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon. It was so refreshing to read about various aspects of other spiritual paths rather than focusing solely on main-stream religions.
If you like books that contain steamy angels and sexual tension that radiates off of the pages...I highly recommend Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight!
Lexi Harrison had only one month to go before graduating with her Ph.D. and leaving the city behind forever. She planned to leave for an archeology dig and never look back. Her life was already planned out and she was happy with it. She’d be away from all these cursed people; she disliked virtually all of mankind and counted down the days until she could be away from most of it.
Her mentor and favorite professor, one of the few people she did like, called her into his office to meet with him. When she arrived and took one look at him, she became quite worried. This man who was usually so full of life, he filled the room with his presence was stooped and bent. His color was drained from his face and he looked deathly ill. Lexi was worried, but the man assured her that he was well and presented her with a golden box that looked far too valuable to accept, but he insisted.
Shortly afterward, Lexi discovered she was the Defender: as of “the Defender of mankind.” An angel, Mikos was to be her mentor and begin her training. Mikos was a fallen angel; if he succeeded with this one last mission, he would be redeemed and would be granted admission back into heaven after thousands of years of work. The two had only a few short weeks to prepare her to face off against demons and to insure that she remembered the location of the Key of Solomon so that it could be destroyed to keep dozens of demons from being released into society. The destruction of the key was necessary for the protection of mankind.
Lexi, being stubborn, thought back upon her past. She had lived a difficult life and thus refused to proclaim her allegiance to one side or the other. She had no faith in a higher power, so had no reason to believe in help from that end. She wasn’t even sure she wanted to save mankind. Without her help, mankind was doomed.
Cassiel Knight succeeded in creating a story that was steeped in intrigue, filled with interesting characters, and constructed with an original storyline. This book was definitely a page-turner. The mostly unaddressed passion between the two main characters kept the tension high and the reader flipping pages seeing when the two would address the mounting attraction.
The main storyline was equally compelling and the issues within were attention-grabbing. The secondary characters were fascinating enough to carry forward into other stories. Knight definitely has an expansive imagination.
There were a few issues that, at first glance seemed a bit convenient, but given the powers at work, and upon further reflection, could be possible, if not probable. Of course, in the world of angels and demons, all things are possible.
I rate this book a soaring 4 stars.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions contained with this review are my own.