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review 2017-06-15 00:08
Emmett & Jana
Darkness Torn Asunder (The Paladin) - Alexis Morgan

This was a change from the other books in the series. It didn’t really revolve around the world of the Paladins, or their fight with the crazed Others and treacherous Regents. This instalment gave us a look into the life of a young Paladin who didn’t know he was a Paladin. One who wanted to live a normal life rather than believe that aliens are real and he was born to protect the world from them.

Following his release from prison, Emmett just wanted to live normally. Refusing to join the Seattle Paladins, he finds a job as a barman and falls in love with a feisty nurse who keeps him on his toes. It’s what he wanted, and he’s happy. However, the longer he’s in the area the more the barrier calls to him – driving him insane. This results in some dumb decisions being made, but it’s okay, he works it out in the end.

Shame it takes a crazed Other attack to make him realise where he really belongs. . .

I really enjoyed this instalment. As with all the other books, it kept me captivated. There is enough steamy romance, suspense, and action in this short story to make it a great read. My only complaint is that it was only a novella, and not a full novel. I'd like to see more of Emmett and his transition into the Paladin lifestyle.

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review 2017-03-07 21:56
An Empire Asunder (Scourwind Legacy #2)
An Empire Asunder - Evan Currie

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Title: An Empire Asunder
Series: Scourwind Legacy #2
Author: Evan Currie
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 310
Format: Digital Edition





Synopsis:


The Scourwind Twins have saved the Empire from being taken over but it is civil war. Lydia is doing her best to rule and Brennan is growing into his new role as cadreman and warrior.

 

Corian, exhibiting signs of madness, begins Operation Godstrike, all the while vaguely hinting about some unknown threat that apparently nobody but him is aware of or prepared to do something about.

 

It is strike and counter-strike as the Imperial forces clash against the Alliance forces. Throw in Mira Delsol, former cadrewoman turned Pirate and you have some serious action.




My Thoughts:


For whatever reason, Currie is hitting all the right buttons with this series for me. I enjoyed my time reading this above and beyond the normal. That is not to say I think this is going to be a SF classic or that it will wow you. In fact, I suspect most people looking on would give it 3-3.5 stars.

 

For me though, it has this: a coming of age story without angst and whines. No crap about “romance” and “feelings” taking precedence over your duty and responsibility. You are a Scourwind and you run the Empire, you don't whine like a baby. A young lady becoming an Empress. Sure, she might write in her journal, but we the readers aren't subjected to that or every bloody thought in her head. The story gets told. A young man becoming an elite warrior in the shadow of his dead older brother. He's not some tortured, broken individual who just needs the love of the “right woman” to “fix” him. Neither of these Scourwinds are BROKEN and Currie doesn't fall into the trap of making the story about “fixing” them. Grrrrrr, you don't “fix” people. That pisses me off and I hate that in a story. And there is NONE of that, not even a hint, in these books and I really like that.

 

The other thing I really liked was the continuing glimpse of the world. With the new ship, Delsol is able to go atmospheric and realizes that humanity is in a box. It is obvious that Corian knows a lot more about the whole situation but in his arrogance thinks he's the only one capable of facing the situation, whatever it may be. We the readers aren't privy to it.

 

Currie's writing is improving with each book and while his earlier books were pretty rough around the edges, I am glad I started reading him. I was really enjoying his Odyssey One series and I have the next book of that on tap, but I really hope he sticks with this series for a bit and finishes things up before becoming too distracted with other series, old or new.

 

Finally, I like the covers. They are a huge step up from the first couple of books that had very obvious amateur covers desperately trying NOT to look like amateur covers. These books have the kind of covers that I want in hardcover on my shelves just because I like how they look. Sadly, that is not an option and I'm not going to change my “no paperback” rule for Currie. He hasn't reached that status, yet. Chris McGrath is the artist and here's a small list of some other covers he's done:

  • Aeronauts Windlass

  • Star Wars: Kenobi

  • Alloy of Law

  • Daughter of the Sword (I broke my “no paperback” rule for Steve Bein. Love his books that much)

  • Dresden: Changes

 

I didn't do a Cover Love in my February Roundup, but for March's Roundup, this one is definitely going to be a contender.

 

 

 



 

 

 

  1. Review of Book 1

 

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review 2016-03-08 04:31
Good Story and Characters
Darkness Torn Asunder (The Paladin) - Alexis Morgan

Emmett has been in prison a long time for something he didn’t do yet eventually the man who had committed the crime finally confessed  he did it and Emmett was released from prison. Emmett doesn’t know it but he is not human although he does know he heals quicker than any human he knows of but he keeps that to himself. two men show up and offer Emmett a job then tell Emmett some crazy stuff and he says no to the job. Then Emmett gets a job tending bar. Emmett gets hurt even though he doesn’t really need to as he heals so fast he goes to the clinic to keep up appearances. At the clinic he meets Jada who is a doctor there. Jada lets Emmett know she likes him. After a while he begins to care about Jada and would do anything to protect her. After some bizarre events Emmett realizes those met who he thought talked crazy are actually telling the truth and are like him and he now knows what he is.

A pretty good story for being a novella. It gives a lot of information for so short a story. The characters were good especially Emmett and Jada and all the ins and outs they go through. I recommend. however I also recommend you read the previous books before this one just makes it that much easier to understand.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-02-05 00:45
Why did I quit reading this series?
Darkness Torn Asunder (The Paladin) - Alexis Morgan

I am a little behind on this series and jumped a few books for this one. To be honest, I completely forgot about this series until I read this. Now I can't figure out why I didn't stay up to date on it. I really like this.

 

In this installment we get a man released from jail after being able to prove his innocence after quite a bit of time in prison. We are talking years and years in jail. He has always healed really fast from injury, and seems not to age like other humans. Well, he is not human, but he doesn't know. He is approached by a group of men who claim to be different just like he is. They also claim that they are aliens (I know, it sounds silly, but I promise it is good). He writes them off as whack jobs, at first. He meets a cute female doctor at a local clinic after injuring his hand at his new job at a local watering hole. She fixes him up and sends him on his way, but he can't seem to keep himself away from her. 

 

This is VERY well written, and held my interest really well. I love the chemistry the two main characters have. I genuinely cared for both of them and really enjoyed their happily ever after story. The pacing is nice and to the point with just enough details to make it enjoyable.

 

Recommendation:

 

For fans of this series and other paranormal romance books, not just this book, but the whole series. I will definitely be reading the few books I missed.

 

I recieved a electronic copy for review purposes through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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text 2015-08-16 19:11
Series, New Releases: August 17, 2015
Darkness Torn Asunder (The Paladin) - Alexis Morgan
When to Hold Them - G.B. Gordon
Tyrant (KING Book 2) - T.M. Frazier
The Arrangement 20 (The Arrangement (The Ferro Family)) (Volume 20) - H.M. Ward

Look like mostly unfamiliar to me series from indie authors (and lots of eye candy).

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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