(originally posted 11.05.2012)
Title:Born of Ashes
Series: Guardians of Ascension
Author: Caris Roane
Published Date: Jan 3, 2012
Publisher: St Martin's Paperbacks
Copy provided by: self
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads synopsis: Enter a hidden world of winged vampire warriors—and the women they are sworn protect... For years, she was kept as a human slave—one of seven unwilling “blood donors” for the death vampires who thirst for absolute power. Now, Fiona is a free woman, haunted by her memories of being strapped to a gurney, drained of blood, then revived at the last moment. She lives to avenge her captors—but only one warrior can help her... Jean-Pierre has lived and fought for over two-hundred years. He knows the triumph of slaying a death vampire, but has never known anything like the feelings that arise when he becomes Fiona’s guardian. Her beauty, her pain, her passion—and her growing power—consume his senses. Now the warrior must draw his sword once more…and fight the gates of hell itself—for love.
My review: I put this book down in the middle of reading it because I was geting close to deadlines on other books that I had to read. I shouldn't have, because it really put the brakes on the continuity of the story as I read it. The book was still really good, and I enjoyed the romance, I loved the build-up of it.
Some authors just know how to do a para-mating...Caris Roane is definitely one of them. While the two main characters are obviously soul-mates, and it is introduced to us towards the end of the last book, the love isn't there immediately. There's a slow buildup to it, and its appreciated.
I enjoyed the action throughout the entire book, and I most especially enjoyed how she introduced the idea that the Militia Warriors could gradually evolve into Warriors of the Blood. I'm hoping that we see more of this in the coming books.