Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Book 5

Synopsis: Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble.

She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.

There’s intrigue to spare as she digs into the origin of the demonic lords and discovers the machinations of humans and demons alike. Kara is shocked to discover that she has her own history in the demon realm, and that the ties between her and the demonic lords Rhyzkahl and Szerain go back farther than she could have ever imagined. But treachery runs rampant among all the lords, and she’s going to have to stay sharp in order to keep from being used to further their own agendas. The lords have a secret that dates back to earth’s ancient history, and it could have devastating repercussions for both worlds.

Yet more than anything else, Kara’s abilities as a homicide detective will be put to the test—because this time the murder she has to solve is her own.

Review: What to say? I was really anxious before starting this novel … Indeed, there are widely different reviews regardless wherever the place where we read them and it is true that between a friend who was completely disappointed and one who completely loved it, I was not sure where my heart was going to swing. It remained for me to read it to know my verdict. And finally I was very surprised by this novel, and in the right way. It’s true, I also understand why some have a little more trouble. This book is very different from the others which we have been accustomed to, and I felt that the series took a big turning point in its history this time. But I must say it has completely convinced me for my part. I dare say that this volume is my favorite of the series. All I wanted to know since the first book was revealed in part. Of course there are a lot of events whose we remain totally shocked about. I had to reread certain passages to try to understand what was going on, to try to understand the reactions of certain characters or to see how the situation could change in such a short time. I think we can only be completely surprised by this novel, whether by what is going on or by this new plot that we follow.

Since the end of Volume 4, I could not wait to see what would happen in the demons realm. Who would not? We knew nothing of this place and I really wanted to learn and understand how it was governed. I must say that the explanations and information has exceeded my expectation. We learn so many things here, either about the characters, the world or the past of each person. Kara is in the hands of a Lord who makes her do many things. But despite appearances, the Lord does everything he can to protect his world and hers, and Kara is a threat. At first I was quite disturbed to see that she was not rebelling more compared to what she was going through, it was pretty strange to see her that way, but we understand very well that whatever she might do, nothing will change her state. However she does not remain there doing nothing, and she is waiting patiently for her moment to act and break free of her « chains ». She discovers that she has an affinity with this world she thought she did not know about and a mysterious past is revealed to her gradually throughout the novel. As I also said at the beginning, there are some quite unimaginable events and it’s pretty hard to understand all the actions. Kara is actually quite naive and trusts others rather easily, something that will put her in big trouble. There is an event that particularly shocked me, and we wonder throughout the book what happened, why everything turned this way and what really were the reasons. Our heroine has a pretty amazing effect on each of Lords and we wonder what will happen on the end and what skills she will develop.

There is perhaps one thing that bothered me a bit in the novel. When I started the series, Kara showed enough « suspicion » in relation to people with whom she had a relationship. Or at least it made ​​her think a lot and I feel that she had forget about all that without a reason. And she does not need much. It’s not a lot but it’s true that I’m curious to see what Diana Rowland reserves us later to see what happens then. It was therefore a very good volume and a real surprise.

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La main du démon de Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Tome 5

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Kara Gillian a vraiment de gros problèmes.

Elle est habituée à invoquer des créatures surnaturelles du royaume des démons dans notre monde, mais maintenant, le jeu est inversé et c’est elle qui a été convoquée. Kara est prisonnière d’un autre seigneur démoniaque, mais elle découvre rapidement qu’elle est bien plus qu’un simple otage. Pourtant, attendre les secours n’a jamais été son style, et Kara n’a pas l’intention d’être un pion dans le jeu de quelqu’un d’autre.

De nombreuses intrigues se forment tandis qu’elle recherche l’origine des seigneurs démoniaques et découvre les machinations des hommes et des démons. Kara est choquée de découvrir qu’elle possède sa propre histoire dans le domaine des démons, et que les liens entre elle et les seigneurs démoniaques Rhyzkahl et Szerain remontent plus loin qu’elle n’aurait jamais pu imaginer. Mais la trahison sévit parmi tous les seigneurs, et elle va devoir rester forte afin d’éviter d’être utilisée pour faire avancer leurs propres plans. Les seigneurs ont un secret qui remonte à l’histoire antique de la terre, et il pourrait bien y avoir des répercussions dévastatrices pour les deux mondes.

Pourtant, plus que toute autre chose, les capacités de Kara en tant que détective homicide seront mises à l’essai parce que cette fois le meurtre qu’elle doit résoudre est le sien.

Avis : Que dire ? J’étais vraiment très anxieuse avant de commencer ce roman… En effet, les avis sont très partagés quel que soit l’endroit où on les lit et c’est vrai qu’entre une amie qui avait été complètement déçue et une qui avait complètement adoré, je ne savais pas trop où allait balancer mon cœur. Il ne me restait plus qu’à le lire et connaître mon verdict. Et finalement j’ai été très surprise par ce roman, et dans le bon sens du terme. C’est vrai, je comprends aussi pourquoi certains auront un peu plus de mal. Ce livre est très très différent des autres auxquels nous avons pu être habitués, et j’ai eu l’impression que la série prenait un grand tournant dans son histoire cette fois-ci. Et je dois dire que ça m’a complètement convaincu pour ma part. J’oserais même dire que ce tome est mon préféré de la série. Tout ce que j’attendais depuis le premier livre a été dévoilé en partie. Bien sûr il se passe beaucoup d’événements devant lesquels on reste totalement choqué. J’ai dû relire plusieurs fois certains passages pour essayer de comprendre ce qu’il se passait, pour essayer de comprendre les réactions de certains personnages ou de parvenir à voir comment la situation a pu changer en si peu de temps. Je crois que l’on ne peut qu’être complètement surpris par ce roman, que ce soit par ce qu’il s’y passe ou par cette nouvelle intrigue que l’on suit.

Depuis la fin du tome 4, j’étais impatiente de voir ce qu’il allait se passer dans le royaume des démons. Qui ne le serait pas ? Nous ne connaissions rien de cet endroit et j’avais vraiment envie d’en apprendre plus et de comprendre comment il était gouverné. Je dois dire que les explications et les informations ont dépassé mon espérance. On apprend tellement d’éléments ici, que ce soit par rapport aux personnages, au monde ou sur le passé de chacun. Kara se retrouve entre les mains d’un Lord qui lui en fait voir de toutes les couleurs. Mais malgré les apparences, ce Lord fait tout ce qu’il peut pour protéger son monde et les siens, Kara se retrouve seulement à en être une menace. J’ai d’abord été assez perturbée de voir qu’elle ne se rebellait pas plus par rapport à ce qu’elle subissait, c’était assez étrange de la voir de la sorte, mais on comprend très bien que quoi qu’elle fasse, rien ne changera l’état dans lequel elle est. Elle ne restera cependant pas là à rien faire, et attendra son moment patiemment afin d’agir et de se libérer de ses « chaines ». Elle se retrouve à avoir des affinités avec ce monde qu’elle croyait ne pas connaître et un passé mystérieux sera révélé à elle petit à petit tout au long du roman. Comme je le disais aussi au début, on assiste à des événements assez inimaginables et c’est assez difficile de comprendre les actions de chacun. Kara est finalement assez naïve et fait confiance assez facilement, chose qui la mettra dans de gros problèmes. Il y a un événement qui m’a particulièrement choqué, et on se demande tout au long du livre ce qu’il s’est passé, pourquoi tout a tourné de la sorte et quels étaient vraiment les motifs. Notre héroïne a un effet assez étonnant sur chacun des Lords et on se demande ce que cela va donner au final et quelles aptitudes elle va faire évoluer.

Il n’y a peut-être qu’une seule chose qui m’a un peu gêné dans le roman. Quand j’ai commencé la série, Kara se montrait assez « méfiante » par rapport aux gens avec qui elle avait une relation. Ou en tout cas ça la faisait beaucoup réfléchir et j’ai l’impression qu’elle s’est libérée d’un seul coup sans que je n’en comprenne vraiment la raison. Et il ne lui en faut finalement pas beaucoup. Cela reste encore succinct mais c’est vrai que je suis assez curieuse de voir ce que Diana Rowland nous réserve par la suite pour voir ce qu’il se passera alors. C’était donc un très bon tome et une réelle surprise.

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Blog Tour: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones + Giveaway

Charley Davidson, Book 7

Synopsis: Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

Review: I was so eager to start this new Charley Davidson adventure. I always look forward to each new volume and I was more than delighted to finally get my hands on it. I admit that before starting the story, I’m always a little anxious to be disappointed, not knowing where the author would lead us this time. But what a mistake! We must never doubt Darynda Jones, she has a fabulous talent and it was a treat to discover this novel as always. I find it hard to realize that we are already in the seventh volume … Yes! 7 already! And they are all as good as the previous ones and I hope we’ll still have many more.

So we meet again our dear Charley who will have many things to do with all the things that fall on her throughout the novel. Oh yeah! In addition to the investigations with Agent Carlson, she must also take care of Jessica who seems to want to make her life a living hell by constantly complaining about her condition, bodies disappear in cemeteries, disappearances occurr under the same conditions, the hellhounds are on her trail, she must manage a lack of caffeine and Charley must also take into account Beep. Who is Beep? This is the name that she has decided to give to the child that she is bearing and I must tell you that it makes some pretty funny situations (well, as soon as she named something, the situations quickly become funny). It’s pretty interesting to see how she is changing because of the child, to see that she is already concerned about the mother she will be, she is afraid of not being up to that in fact. It must be said that she decides to start with a goldfish, thinking that if she can keep it alive, then it would be a good step forward to an unborn baby. Yet it is not her condition that will prevent our heroine to get into dangerous situations! Oh no, and I can tell you that Reyes does not enjoy this situation at all! Because he is determined to protect her at all times. Yet it is without thinking about the determination of Charley to confront events alone. I really loved seeing them both arguing about it, and even if we know as much as our heroine that Reyes is right, this does not prevent her from doing it again. But Charley would not be Charley without her determination and lack of consideration of the danger or her desire to upset Reyes.

We learn a lot about our reaper in this novel and I admit that I was surprised more than once. I did not expect that the author would lead us in that direction, but what a great idea! We thus discover more about her history, status and even her powers. She manages to make unimaginable things and I loved to learn more about what she was capable of. Of course, it’s also the only one who is good at getting into completely catastrophic situations. But it’s also why we love our Charley, she does not hesitate to do anything to protect those in need. This young woman has a heart of gold! I must say that this is one of the things that Reyes has troubles understanding sometimes. I was pretty sad to see what he really thought in relation to his position towards Charley. I would not have really thought it possible, but it is even more emphasized at the end of the story in the chapter from his point of view. We realize in this novel about the challenges he has to live with as best as he can every days. Yet it was touching to see that he was able to share his problems with Charley for her to understand what was going on (and so she doesn’t imagine things, yes because she is also very good at that).

I was quite surprised but we also learn a lot about the new demon that we have met in the previous volume, Osh, who will be much more prevalent throughout the story than I thought. I love the character and it was a treat to see him so much here. We suspect that he has a hidden agenda, but I’m curious to see what it is exactly.

I have something else to add. It’s true we expect a little bit such an end, but it is also true that the whole thing was very moving and I did not expect that conclusion. A rather sad end but one opening up many other ways for the following novels. I am also more than impatient for the release of the next volume (yes again! It really is a vicious circle! It’s hellish, we always want more!). But in any case you’ll understand that I was completely conquered and I am delighted with this novel. The author has once again proposed a novel at the height of her talent. I can only advise you to dive into the series if you have not yet tried it. I’m sure you will love it and you will fall in love with all the characters, including Charley and Reyes!

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Excerpt:

As Cookie and Gemma planned my wedding, a job I did not envy in the least, I watched Reyes. I tried to single out his emotions, but there was so much blisteringly raw lust in the room, I couldn’t get past it all. Damn him and his sexual tractor beam.

A giggle floated toward me, and I saw the woman’s head tilt back again. Clearly, Reyes was slapping on the charm, but why? Was this about an interview? He’d been asked a dozen times for one and never gave any of the other reporters the time of day. Even 60 Minutes had wanted to do a story on him and got the door slammed in their face. But this woman came in, pinned him with a glittering smile, and he caved?

That was not like Reyes.

“I need a pretzel,” I said, ignoring my food.

 

Before any of them could say anything, I rose and walked to the bar, which put me a few precious feet closer to the happy couple. If he were ever to break up with me, I would so be that stalker ex- girlfriend who stole his underwear and hid in the hedges outside his bedroom window. But finally I had a clear path and could read Reyes’s emotions. Only I still couldn’t feel him.

He was blocking me!

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Seventh Grave and No Body de Darynda Jones (VO)

Charley Davidson, Tome 7

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Douze. Douze des bêtes les plus meurtrières jamais forgées dans les feux de l’enfer se sont échappées dans notre plan, et ils ne veulent rien de plus que de déchirer la jugulaire de Charley Davidson et servir son corps mutilé sans vie à Satan pour le dîner. Donc il y a ça. Mais Charley a plus dans son assiette qu’une foule de chiens de l’enfer irritables. D’une part, son père a disparu, et plus elle revient sur ses derniers pas, plus elle comprend qu’il menait une enquête de sa propre initiative, une qui va obliger Charley à remettre en question tout ce qu’elle a connu de lui. Ajoutez à cela une ex-BFF qui la hante nuit et jour, une vague de suicides qui déconcerte les autorités, et un fiancé sexy à mourir qui attire les attentions d’une célébrité locale, et Charley est sûre de ne pas avoir la meilleure semaine de sa vie.

Un peu au nord de l’enfer, et un saut au-delà du royaume de l’éternité, existe un petit endroit appelé la Terre, et Charley Davidson, faucheuse extraordinaire, est déterminée à faire tout ce qui est en son pouvoir pour la protéger.

Nous sommes condamnés.

Avis : Comme j’étais impatiente de commencer cette nouvelle aventure de Charley Davidson. J’attends toujours avec impatience chaque nouveau tome et j’étais plus que ravie de pouvoir mettre enfin mes mains dessus. J’avoue qu’avant de commencer l’histoire, je suis à chaque fois un peu anxieuse d’être déçue, ne sachant pas où l’auteure allait nous mener cette fois ci. Mais quelle erreur ! Il ne faut jamais douter de Darynda Jones, elle possède un fabuleux talent et c’était un régal de découvrir ce roman comme à chaque fois. J’ai du mal à réaliser que nous sommes déjà au septième volume… Oui ! Déjà 7 ! Et ils sont tous aussi bons que les précédents et j’espère que nous en aurons encore de nombreux autres.

Donc nous retrouvons une fois de plus notre chère Charley qui va avoir de quoi faire avec toutes les choses qui lui tombent dessus tout au long du roman. Oh oui ! En plus des enquêtes avec l’agent Carlson, elle doit aussi s’occuper de Jessica qui semble vouloir faire de sa vie un enfer en se plaignant constamment de sa condition, des corps disparaissent des cimetières, des disparitions de personnes surviennent dans les mêmes conditions, des chiens de l’enfer sont à ses trousses, elle doit gérer un manque de caféine et Charley doit aussi prendre en compte Beep. Qui est Beep ? C’est le nom qu’elle a décidé de donner à l’enfant qu’elle est en train de porter et je dois vous dire que ça rend certaines situations assez drôles (il faut dire que dès qu’elle nomme quelque chose, les situations deviennent très vite drôles). C’est assez intéressant de voir comment cet enfant la change, de voir qu’elle s’inquiète déjà de la mère qu’elle sera, qu’elle a peur de ne pas être à la hauteur. Il faut dire qu’elle a décidé de commencer avec un poisson rouge en pensant que si elle pouvait le garder en vie, alors ce serait déjà un bon pas en avant pour un futur bébé. Pourtant ce n’est pas sa condition qui empêchera notre héroïne de se mettre dans des situations périlleuses ! Oh non, et je peux vous dire que ça ne plaira pas duuuuuuu tout à Reyes ! Parce qu’il est bien décidé à la protéger en toutes circonstances. Pourtant c’est sans penser à la détermination de Charley à affronter certains événements seule. J’ai vraiment adoré les voir tous les deux se disputer à ce sujet, et même si on sait parfaitement, autant qu’elle, que Reyes a raison, cela ne l’empêche pas de recommencer. Mais Charley ne serait pas Charley sans sa détermination et son manque de considération du danger ou encore son envie d’énerver Reyes.

Nous en apprenons énormément au sujet de notre faucheuse dans ce roman et j’avoue que j’ai été surprise plus d’une fois. Je ne m’attendais pas à ce que l’auteure se dirige dans ce sens-là mais quelle bonne idée ! On en découvre donc plus sur son histoire, son statut et même sur ses pouvoirs. Elle parvient à réaliser des choses insoupçonnables et j’ai adoré en savoir plus sur ce qu’elle était capable de faire. Bien sûr, c’est aussi la seule qui est aussi douée pour se mettre dans des situations complètement catastrophiques. Mais c’est aussi pour cela qu’on l’aime notre Charley, elle n’hésite pas à tout faire pour protéger les personnes qui en ont besoin. Cette jeune femme a un cœur en or ! Il faut dire que c’est une des choses que Reyes a du mal à comprendre parfois. J’étais assez triste de voir ce qu’il pensait réellement par rapport à sa position envers Charley. Je n’aurais pas vraiment cru ça possible mais c’est encore plus mis en avant à la fin de l’histoire par ce chapitre de son point de vue. On se rend compte dans ce roman les difficultés qu’il a à vivre mais pourtant qu’il gère autant qu’il le peut. C’était cependant touchant de voir qu’il arrivait à partager ses problèmes avec Charley pour qu’elle comprenne ce qu’il se passait (et qu’elle ne se fasse pas de films, oui parce qu’elle est aussi très douée pour ça).

J’ai été assez surprise mais nous en apprenons aussi énormément au sujet du nouveau démon que nous avons appris à découvrir dans le tome précédent, Osh, qui sera bien plus présent tout au long de l’histoire que je ne le pensais. J’aime beaucoup ce personnage et c’était un régal de le voir autant ici.  On se doute qu’il a un motif caché, mais je suis curieuse de voir ce qu’il en est exactement.

J’ai autre chose à ajouter. C’est vrai qu’on s’attend un peu à une fin pareille, mais c’est aussi vrai que le tout a été très touchant et je ne m’attendais pas à ce que cela se conclue de la sorte. Une fin assez triste mais qui ouvre de nombreuses autres pistes pour la suite de l’histoire. Je suis d’ailleurs plus qu’impatiente de la sortie du prochain tome (oui encore ! C’est vraiment un cercle vicieux ! C’est infernal, on en veut toujours plus !). Mais dans tous les cas vous aurez compris, j’ai été complètement conquise et je suis ravie de ce roman. L’auteur a une fois encore proposé un roman à la hauteur de son talent. Je ne peux que vous conseiller de vous plonger dans la série si vous ne l’avez pas encore tentée. Je suis sûre que vous serez conquis et vous tomberez sous le charme de tous les personnages, notamment de Charley et Reyes !

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Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

Safehold, Book 7

Synopsis: For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new—no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.

What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud—a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race.

And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn’s help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss—a cost felt by nobody more keenly that Merlyn Athrawes.

The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity’s future isn’t over, and won’t be over soon…

Review: A new foray into science fiction with the Safehold series by David Weber. It’s a complex saga, with as many characters as in “A song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, but with much more technology.

The premise was interesting: humanity has lost Earth and has at last found shelter in the world of Safehold. On this planet, a mighty Church has developed – the Church of God Awaiting.

Fearing new inventions, it has forbidden any development in that regard. What no one knows is that the Church is based on a lie. It’s a fraud. And no one knows the truth, except for one man, Merlyn Athrawes. However, Merlyn is not really a man and has many secrets. Could he therefore save the humanity from the Church’s clutches?

As I said, the premise was great and promised breath-taking action as well as an interesting thought on this ever-present theme, especially in Sci-Fi books : what defines us as humans ?

However, the execution of this novel wasn’t so great. A lot of new characters are introduced since the first pages and, if the reader wasn’t lost enough, the story line is interspersed with blow by blow accounts of many battles.

Far from the action promised, the plot inched forward at a snail’s pace. For many pages, I got the impression of reading a current events update from Safehold. Don’t get me wrong, I was interested enough in this volume to read it until the end. However, my overall impression was disappointment, due mostly to the clear lack of progress throughout the book.

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Like a Mighty Army de David Weber (VO)

Safehold, Tome 7

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Pendant des siècles, le monde de Safehold, dernier bastion de l’humanité, se trouvait sous la domination incontestée de Church of God Awaiting. L’Eglise ne permit rien de nouveau-pas de nouvelles inventions, pas de nouvelles compréhensions au monde.

Personne ne savait que l’Eglise était une fraude -un système de haute technologie élaboré, établi par une faction rebelle des fondateurs de SafeHold, destiné à garder l’humanité cachée de la race extraterrestre puissante qui avait détruit l’ancienne Terre.

Puis se réveilla Merlyn Athrawes, avatar cybernétique d’un guerrier mort depuis mille ans, abattu dans la guerre dans laquelle la Terre a été perdue. Moine, guerrier, conseillé aux princes et aux rois, Merlyn a un but: redémarrer l’histoire de la race humaine trop longtemps cachée.

Et maintenant, la lutte est bien en cours. L’empire insulaire de Charis a déclaré son indépendance de l’Église, et avec l’aide de Merlyn le monde entre dans une nouvelle ère de l’efficacité de vapeur. Repoussant l’Eglise blessée, Charis a attiré de plus en plus de pays de Safehold à la cause de l’indépendance et à l’autodétermination. Mais à un coût élevé dans le sang et la perte – un coût estimé par Merlyn Athrawes.

L’Eglise blessée se regroupe. Ses armées et ressources sont très vastes. La lutte pour l’avenir de l’humanité n’est pas terminée, et ne sera pas finie de si tôt …

 

Avis : Une nouvelle incursion dans le domaine de la SF, avec cette saga “Safehold” de David Weber. Une série complexe, qui compte au moins autant de personnages que la saga du “Trône de Fer” par George R.R. Martin.

Le concept s’avérait intéressant de prime abord: l’humanité a perdu la bataille pour la Terre et a enfin trouvé refuge dans le monde de Safehold. Une planète dominée par une Eglise puissante en pleine expansion, une Eglise en attente de son dieu.

Redoutant les nouvelles inventions, elle a interdit tout développement en ce sens. Ce que tout le monde ignore, c’est que cette Eglise est basée sur un mensonge. Seul un homme connaît la vérité, Merlyn Athrawes. Cependant, Merlyn n’est pas vraiment un homme et détient à son tour de nombreux secrets. Peut-il à lui seul sauver l’humanité des griffes de cette Eglise ?

Comme je le disais auparavant, le concept semblait intéressant et promettait aussi bien de l’action à couper le souffle qu’une réflexion sur un des thèmes les plus populaires en SF : qu’est-ce qui nous rend humains ?

Malheureusement, le roman n’aura pas tenu ses promesses. Beaucoup de nouveaux personnages sont introduits dès les premières pages et, pour ajouter à la confusion du lecteur, elles comportent également des comptes rendus en détail de chaque bataille se déroulant sur Safehold.

Loin de l’action promise, l’intrigue se traîne et n’avance guère. Pendant un long moment, j’ai eu l’impression de lire, non pas un roman, mais une série de brèves concernant les évènements se passant sur Safehold.

Ce qui ne m’a pas empêché de lire ce roman jusqu’au bout ; Néanmoins, mon impression générale est la déception, en très grande partie en raison de la stagnation de l’intrigue pendant la majorité du roman.

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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews + Giveaway

Hidden Legacy, Book 1

Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Review: Okay, I love Ilona Andrews and each of the books I read from the authors is a real treat. With the announcement of the release of a new paranormal romance novel, I admit that I was immediately intrigued. This is a genre that is quite delicate and it can be a hit or a miss for me. So yes it’s true I was nervous … But what a mistake!!! This novel is just at the height of all the novels I’ve read of the authors and it is just sublime! Oh yes and I am very excited to be able to have more now.

Nevada is a young woman who has the power to know whether someone is lying to her or not, the kind of things that can help her a lot in her private detective work. She is the sole provider for her family and she is doing the best she can with their help to maintain the company. Their business is doing quite well until one event will change everything, upsetting the peaceful life of this family. Blackmailed, and with the fear of losing everything she has built until now, her boss, a Prime (someone with a great power) asks her to bring Pierce back, a man with phenomenal powers. Indeed, He is sought by everyone after a robbery where people were killed. But he is a man to be taken with care because of his ability to burn whatever he wants to. However, her path will cross Connor « Mad » Rogan’s, a man who will do anything to catch Pierce, regardless of who is on his way. But teaming up with him could wobble her choices.

I really loved this story! It was fascinating to find out what exactly was going on with Pierce, to understand what he was going to do, to see his actions and to try to know the truth. Besides, I can tell you one thing, this novel is not a lambda paranormal romance that we can easily find. Oh no because it’s much more than that, we have tension, a great plot and a relationship evolving and without everything being really wrapped at the end of the story. But the best thing here was the discovery of Rogan and Nevada. How I loved these characters! There is not a single moment when I did not take pleasure in discovering more about them.

Nevada is a young woman wounded by life but she is also strong and ready to do anything to save those she loves, even to lose her own life. It was touching to see that her family would always be first whatever may happen and that she would do her best. She does not know her potential and it was very interesting to see what she could do and so observe her evolution over the chapters. Her family also brings a real twist to the story as secondary characters and we can only love this grandmother a little dippy, this former military mother and all the children are adorable and very realistic. Yes you can see, I was conquered by all the characters here. But would I forget to mention Connor « Mad » Rogan? How is this possible? Our relationship with him began auspiciously I must say. He does not make us a great impression with his actions once he appears in the book. Yet he is a much more complex character than we think at first and the subtleties of his character are discovered gradually over the chapters. Oh yes, because this man is not afraid of anything, does not know about refusals and he controls everything and anything. He is a Prime with some extraordinary powers who is determined to do as he wishes. Killing does not bother him one second and violence is something he particularly appreciates. So yes, it’s quite a different character but despite his specificity, he takes up a place little by little in our heart. We understand perfectly how Nevada happens to fall under his spell and I confess I do not know how she manages to resist him that much. I admit that, no, I would not have the same control in this case. This is a man who will change at her contact and who will decide that she is what he wants. Yet it is not certain that the young woman would fell at his feet that easily.

So it was a pleasure to finally have a romance that actually progresses, which is not easy and is far from over. A romance that we understand and that seems much more realistic with all the difficulties it presents. But it’s also a romance that touches us and which we hope soon to learn more about. I can’t tell more about the sequel, but I think it is distinctly possible that the same characters would be featured or at least I hope at the highest point since nothing is finished and everything is just beginning.

It was in any case a sublime novel, living up to everything I’ve read by the authors and I can only advise you to read it as well. You will be blown away by this new story!

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