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Review: Ascension

From St. Martin’s Press http://us.macmillan.com/ascension [1]

Alison Wells is no ordinary woman. Born with supernatural powers, she can never make love to a man without putting him in grave danger. But when her special vision reveals  a glorious muscled man soaring overhead on mighty wings, she feels an overwhelming attraction she cannot resist—even as he tells her: “I have come for you. Your blood belongs to me.

Kerrick is a vampire and a warrior who has fought his hunger for a woman’s love for the past two hundred years. As a Guardian of Ascension, he is sworn to protect Alison from the death vamp armies who crave her blood and her power. But Kerrick has cravings of his own—a forbidden longing to open his heart and veins to Alison. To share his blood…satisfy his thirst…and seal their fates forever.


Roane has a new twist on vampires—they are all winged, and are a higher form than mortal humans.  When one answers the call to ascension, it means they are accepting the higher state of being, and will become a vampire, complete with fangs, wings and speed; also a perk is to ascend to Second Earth.

I thought the story line was pretty good, with some engaging and interesting action scenes.  However, I found it very difficult to love this story because our heroine, Alison, expresses her emotions in one way—tears.  And she cries a lot, whether she’s overwhelmed, happy, sad or frustrated.  I also thought Roane’s choice for calling the ‘bad guys’, death vamps, was quite ridiculous.  There was complete lack of imagination—they are addicted to dying blood, hence the need to kill anyone they can find.  Roane spent too much time describing how tortured Alison and Kerrick are in their feelings for each other, and why they can’t be together.  She hammered this point home at every opportunity they were within ear-shot of each other.

Despite my disappointment in the details, the story overall is an interesting one, and may be compared to Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series (maybe a little too closely); the Warriors of Blood all live in a compound together, a few of them prefer strong scotch, and there is the promise of a fated-mate, and all the men try to fight off that pull to the woman meant for them.  There is a glossary of terms to help you understand her terminology at the end of the book but it would have been more helpful if it appeared in the front of the book.

I give it 2 ¾ stars out of 5 for story, and 4 flames for sexuality.

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