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Born of Ashes (Guardians of Ascension) [Mass Market Paperback]

Caris Roane
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13 Feb 2012 Guardians of Ascension (Book 4)
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 (less).

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (13 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312533748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312533748
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaim for the Guardians of Ascension series by Caris Raone...

"Roane's world building is complex and intriguing, and in addition to her compelling protagonists, she serves up a slew of secondary characters begging to be explored further. The Guardians of Ascension is a series with epic potential!" -"Romantic Times" (4 1/2 stars)

"A great story with a really different take on vampires. This is one book that is sure to be a hit with readers who love paranormals. Fans of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series are sure to love this one too." -"Red Roses for Authors Blog"

"Ascension is like wandering in a field of a creative and colorful dream. There are many interesting, formidable, terrifying, beautiful and unique images. They surround and envelop you in a story as old as time." -Barnes and Noble's "Heart to Heart Romance Blog"

"A super urban romantic fantasy in which the audience will believe in the vampires and the world of Ascension...fast-paced...thrilling." -- "Alternative Worlds"

"Incredibly creative, Ascension takes readers to another level as you learn about two earths, vampires, ancient warriors, and a new twist on love. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride, climbing until I hit the very top only to come crashing down at lightning speed. Once you pick this book up, clear off your calendar because you won't be able to put it down. Best book I have read all year." -"SingleTitles.com"

"Tightly plotted and smoking hot...a fantastic read."--"Fresh Fiction"

About the Author

Caris Roane has authored over fifty published Regency romance novels and novellas under the name Valerie King. In 2005, the "Romantic Times" honored her with a Career Achievement award for her Regency work. She lives in Phoenix with her two cats, one of which is named, Sebastian, after a favorite vampire. This is her first paranormal romance series.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Born of the Ashes 30 April 2012
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Wow wow wow this book is the best I have ever read. It bought me into a new world of different vampires, some good and some bad. I bought the whole set and cant wait to pick the book up and get back into the Warriors of Blood world again.
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I was totally addicted to this serious from book one and found myself desperately clicking to purchase the next one as the last word of the current book was read. The characters blend well, are easy to follow, and make a strong group. They interact as a family, with fun squabbles, are very protective of each other and the hero's are true warriors. The way Caris describes the love they have for their soul mate just melts you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Born of Ashes - Winged Warrior Vampires part 4 24 Feb 2012
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a blood slave to the bad guy vamps who are addicted to dying blood, Fiona was repeated drained to death and brought back to life again over and over for a hundred years. Now Fiona is free, but unwilling loose that freedom in any way, even to the beautiful warrior whose scent draws her since they are destined mates.

I wasn't completely hooked on Roane's series coming into Born of Ashes - I still have the second book sitting on the pile - but I decided to make a purchase to support my funky lonely only remaining local bookstore, the cover for this one is really stunning and the heroine's back story caught me when I read the first few pages.

Things I liked: I liked the gorgeous patient and oh so perfect (French!) leading man Jean-Paul who also has commitment issues, and I still love the idea of the kilted winged warriors (I think of them as 'angpires'), I was actually intrigued for a fair chunk of the book by the set up for the next pair Warrior Thorne and Margarite, the seer who has been imprisoned in a convent for a hundred years (with only visits by Thorne for quickies to break up the monotony).

Things that I didn't like: I really do not like the scent thing that identifies mates in this series and Fiona and Jean-Paul make notice of the other's scent every single time they are together - his is coffee and hers is pastries and neither is the least bit sexy to me. 'Potions' have always struck me as cheesy - angpires dispense these during love making with their fangs - I cringe every time I read that word. I hated description of the bad guy and his evil girlfriend playing with their 'food'. Also I ended up really disgusted with both Thorne and Margarite - him for wanting her to remain imprisoned so that he could keep her for himself and her for wanting to jump anything with a pulse (okay to be fair there was >one< exception) - they ended being the nail in coffin to any faint temptation I might have had of reading the next book.

So the bottom line on this latest entry to Roane's Guardians of Ascension was that were things I liked but more things I didn't and the end result was that Born of Ashes was okay but draggy - even if you don't count the timeouts for sex scenes - and the next up starring pair left me with absolutely no interest in reading any of the others in the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to the Next Book - Contains Some Spoilers 10 Jan 2012
By Lunataina - Published on Amazon.com
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The Guardians of Ascension series by Caris Roane is an outstanding paranormal romance story. Ms Roane is a skilled storyteller and the whole concept is still as wonderful in this installment as it has been on the others. That being said, I felt as if this book was more of an in-between book rather than a stand alone. All series have books like this, completely necessary to the advancement of the plot, but not the strongest as stand-alone installments. There are many subplots which intrude in the main story of the relationship between Jean Pierre and Fiona, which while necessary seemed to take away from the development of the primary story line.

Born of Ashes tells the story of Jean Pierre, Warrior of the Blood out of 1700's Revolutionary France, and Fiona, a former blood slave who is turning out to be much more powerful than initially thought of as seems to be the pattern for all the brehs (mates) for the warriors. Jean Pierre and Fiona know they are meant for each other, but fight it due to past experiences which have left them closed off emotionally. As a reader, I understood this, and many of the other warriors have gone through similar PTSD issues. The characters are likeable separately and the truth is they fit as a couple. I was just dissapointed that the chemistry between them didn't really sizzle outside the bedroom. They were both so intent on not bonding and fighting their emotions that the romance was somewhat flat. Only when Jean Pierre got jealous did I feel some of the usual sparks outside the bedroom. Still, I was happy they finally got their relationship fixed and got their happily ever after. Their relationship is not really the strength of this particular novel.

Where this novel works best is as a set-up for future installments, which always reminds me of Star Wars Episode V (second of the old Star Wars movies). This novel really began in Wings of Fire, and there were so many subplots left unfinished here that the book didn't seem to really end.

First we have the relationship between Thorne and Marguerite, the couple for the next book titled Obsidian Flame. Thorne is the leader of the Warriors of the Blood, and beside his obvious strength is also known for being somewhat of an alcoholic and very much tormented. He loves Marguerite, but she has been imprisoned for a long time and is a known nymphomaniac, with a lot of power emerging. We know he will go after her, we know she is meant for him. What we don't know is how in the world Ms. Roan is going to work that relationship out with all the psychological issues they both have. This goes beyond PTSD. And Marguerite's behavior/affliction is not endearing in the least. She is a smart-alec, and has the potential to win the readers over, but it will be very difficult based on what I saw in this book. The readers love Thorne, in spite of or maybe because he is so damaged. Marguerite's treatment of him is not going to endear her to anyone. It will be a challenge for the author to make her a character worthy of Thorne in a way that is believable to the reader given the history the two share. It is worth mentioning that Parisa's reaction to Marguerite in Born of Ashes was great! I did not expect that one at all!

Another relationship that is left up in the air and seems to be a future installment is that of Endelle, the Supreme Leader of the good guys including the Warriors of the Blood, and the mysterious character of Braulio. This book gives enough to set up a future story, but it is so up in the air it is frustrating. On the other hand, we hear nothing of Leto, the warrior who sacrificed himself to infiltrate the bad guys' camp. He was supposed to be the protagonist for book 6, so who knows what will happen now.

All in all, the book is solid, but I have come to expect more chemistry in this series, more sizzle. Readers who follow the series have to read this one if they do not want to lose their place on the sequence of events, and they will be happy to see Jean Pierre and Fiona settled. Readers who are new to the series will not want to start with this one. It is definitely not a stand alone volume. The series is excellent, I highly recomend it, but make sure to start with book 1. Ascension is an absolutely thrilling and romantic book, and will get new fans started on the right track.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Guardian of Ascension series 19 April 2012
By L. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I Have read many series by authors such as, J.R.Ward, Lara Adrian, Tina Folsom, Lyndsay Sands, Alexandra Ivy, Jacqueline Frank, Diane Duvall, and Many more. I thought I would give this a try, the first one was good, the second ok, the third I didn't care for and halfway into the forth I am done. I don't think I want the next one, and there are a few more characters I would love to see happy. I am all for a strong female and people having to overcome difficult obstacles to find true love and happiness, but this series is more about women who are out right MEAN and they treat men like crap, men who only want to love them, men who are supposed to be there one true perfect mate. I found it odd that in book three the female had so much to over come because her fiance broke up with her just before their wedding but she had not one thought about how the male character had his wife and son killed in front of him. Then there is all the fighting,and throwing a shoe at your mates head, and when I read the first pages of book five and I read that the female character wants to be with other men knowing her perfect mate will know. I am not really into that mean hurtful kind of thing. I think the author may have issues. Every book seems the same, the women are very mean they tease the men and push them away in not very nice ways and the men follow the women around and like puppies. I am not into it, I love a strong man too.
P.S. don't you think warriors who defend the world and battle every night being injured and almost dying at times deserve some respect from a women meant to be their one true mate for eternity!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Born of Ashes, A Review for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy 29 Jan 2012
By Shauni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the Ascension Series, Caris Roane is creating something that just gets better with each book. It astounds me that someone can take snippets of modern culture, add a bit of legend and lore and then create this wonderful world. The Ascension Series is about more than a world in the throes of change, about more a world fighting to survive. It is about one world and all it's dimensions. About fighting evil and yet not always knowing if what you are doing is working. It's about the bad guys looking better than the good guys.. it's about politics and corruption and bureaucrats and how far people will go to fight evil.

Born of Ashes is the fourth book in this absolutely amazing series and yes it is the best so far. It seems Ms Roane is riding a wave and it is no where near hitting the shore.. I hope it has yet to peak. In Born of Ashes we return to Second Earth and the battle against Greaves, Fiona having been rescued from her status as the oldest blood slave, living or dead, is committed to finding all of Rith's (evil minion of Greaves) slave holdings and destroying them. The rest of her time has been spent in reconnecting with the daughter she lost and had long thought dead. She has no time for such things as the Breh-Hedden (that "mythological" connection that only a few Ascenders have ever obtained), which to her mind was just another form of enslavement. No choice, forced attraction.. undeniable and unreal. The problem is she is crazy about Jean-Pierre, the Warrior who has been assigned as her guardian and who just happens to be her Breh-Hedden. The problem with the Breh-Hedden is that it matches souls, more or less so even while the individuals involved insist upon fighting it.. claiming that it traps them and they have no free will.. they fit. The couples are not destined that implies that they will meet.. but they are the right counterparts for each other..

Jean-Pierre, the sexiest of the Warriors (IMHO) is actually quite young in the grand scheme of things and has only been a Warrior for a couple of centuries and retains much of his first Earth Issues. Namely having been falsely betrayed by his wife, the love of his mortal life, to the French Revolution. He doesn't trust in love and he certainly doesn't want the Breh-Hedden. Oh no, he has seen his fellow Warriors fall and he doesn't want to give anyone that kind of power over him ever again. Assigned to be her guardian by the ever interesting Endelle, he has been wearing himself out fighting Death Vamps and protecting Fiona, who has been making things very difficult for him. Limited personal times by way of twice monthly torture, ok dates..

As they fight their attraction Greaves and company are beginning to play out the fight in the poll of public opinion. While Endelle is a PR nightmare, Greaves has it all figured out. Of course how often is that the case? Look to WWII for example. Greaves, while keeping the ever evil minion Rith close at hand, publicly declares him public enemy Number One.. even going so far as to offer a reward.. jerkface.. We also meet Casimer, a fourth ascender who has been cast out. I guess the upper dimension like to think of the lower ones as penal colonies..

While Fiona and Jean-Pierre resolve their conflicts and learn to work together they discover that Fiona is an Obsidian Flame...yet another "mythological" power that has not been seen in millennium, at least not on Second Earth. As the Obsidian Flame she is part of a triad and the fight to learn her powers and gather the rest of the triad is a race.. Greaves and company want to destroy any power that might help Endelle. Secret 6th level ascenders are sending vague messages that at first look to hurt Endelle's chances. Oh and just to make things interesting.. Fiona connects with a mysterious seer who plays a huge part in this story and I am sure in future ones..

Revenge, mayhem, obsession, love, friendship are the main themes in this book and that is just with the good guys. It is a compelling, fascinating, intriguing and multi layered wonder of words. With each page comes a new twist, with each solution comes a new problem. People that are supposed to be serving good, those that are not considered evil, have agendas.. power, control... and then comes family. I like that this book really speaks on family connections. Thorne's sister, Allyson and Kerrick's baby, Fiona's Daughter, Son-in-Law and grandchildren..

There is so much to see and read in this book it virtually surrounds the senses.. while all that power is being displayed and control is fought over, the delightful decadence of some of the scenes sent shivers up my spine. Sensual lovemaking scenes.. where desire and need collide.. Powerful individuals who maintain control of their worlds learn to let go and let love.

Do I recommend this book? In case you wonder? Oh yeah.. Ms Roane has set her bar high..

Shauni
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wished For More 10 Jan 2012
By CinnamonGirl74 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
While there were many touching scenes between the hero and heroine, I wished for there to be a bit more conflict...something...a spark between the two that wasn't there. Everything, besides the uber-steamy sex scenes, involved them being uber-polite, kind, gentle, and *snooooorrrrre* towards each other. I must say, however, what really disappointed me in this book was that I have never been more turned off by a future heroine than I was with Marguarite. She made me not want to read the next book at all! She was terrible to Thorne, and I never once understood what he saw in her beyond just a sexy playmate. If I read one more page with her in it, it will be one too many. Seriously off-putting .
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