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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; 1 edition (9 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765367599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765367594
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,552,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Ashgrove is an author and a mother to two wonderful boys. In her copious spare time, she raises and trains Oldenburg, Thoroughbred, and Arabian horses.

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Before we start, I should point out that this is the SECOND of The Curse of the Templars series - and, like with The Pack: Retribution, I haven't read the first book. So as such I'm going to treat this as a standalone book for the purpose of the review to be as fair as I can.

The plot is pretty basic - a standard good versus evil story whereby the Templars have been stuck in a long running battle with Azazel, a Dark Knight. In the midst of this battle, a young scientist called Noelle is taken into the custody of Farran, a Templar Knight. Realising that she has a special artefact that could swing the fight in Azazel's favour, she is assigned to Farran as his seraph (or mate in other words) for her own protection. Problem is, Farran and Noelle just can't get along with each other - so this arranged marriage is going to be a little tricky!

Being a romantic novel, I do appreciate that the bulk of the story has to be set around Farran and Noelle and the "will they, won't they" relationship. And this book certainly plays on that - maybe just a little too much. Most of the novel, Noelle and Farran are either bickering with each other or having it off. But to be honest, most of the bickering got a little tiresome for me, at one point I half expected Farran to go "One of these days Noelle - POW! To the moon!" (bonus points if you get the reference).

I wouldn't mind it so much, except that I didn't really identify with the characters. Noelle was a good heroine and pretty feisty, but Farran I found way too stoic. I understand his motivations, and that he had been hurt before, but the book really made no attempt to make him likeable - for me anyway, so I couldn't really support him as a hero.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I seem to be going through a phase of starting to read a book and then discovering it's part of a series - and not the first in that series. Sometimes that matters, sometimes not, but it does often get me wondering whether I would have read subsequent books if the first in the series was of the standard of the book I have just read.

In the case of `Immortal Surrender', the answer is 'no'. Not because it's a bad book, which it isn't, but it's not a good book either - it's surprisingly unmemorable with a pedestrian plot, fairly uninteresting characters and a fairly repetitive writing style.

Authors of paranormal romances seem to be running out of themes - there are so many vampire and werewolf books out there that new avenues are being explored: Greek gods, witches and more. This story hangs on the Knights Templar - with a twist. These Knights have been granted long life to fight against the forces of Azazel but each baddie that they kill pollutes their souls until they eventually turn bad themselves - unless, of course, they can find their female Seraph who will save them from their evil natures.

No guesses what this book is about - a Templar Knight finding his Seraph. The Knight, Farran, is a rather grumpy chap who has held a grudge against women since his wife betrayed him in the middle ages. His Seraph is an atheist scientist, an expert in carbon dating and ancient relics, but a sceptical one.

There was little action in terms of fighting baddies in this story, it mostly consisted of Farran and Noelle talking, disagreeing, misunderstanding each other and more. By the end I was getting a bit fed up with it all, especially as the author made almost nothing of Noelle's complete change of understanding with regard to matters of belief.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Solid second installment 25 Sept. 2012
By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's the second in Claire Ashgrove's Curse of the Templars series. And one of the things that I like best about these books is that each one features a tortured hero with a heroine who can save his soul.

In this case, our hero is Farran. Like Merrick before him, he doesn't want a seraph. He thinks he is too far gone. He wants one of his brothers to receive the gift. Beyond that, though, he is still nursing a 900 year-old heartbreak brought on by a treacherous and unfaithful wife.

Noelle is an unlikely choice for a seraph. She doesn't even believe in God, which makes the whole immortal Templar thing sound all the more insane to her. She does, however, trust in science. She dates and authenticates ancient relics for a living. She doesn't have much of a life beyond her work. Apparently, Noelle is plain and flat chested and no man has ever really been interested in her.

Once the angel Gabriel does his thing and orchestrates a meeting between Farran and Noelle, he realizes immediately that she is his fated match. He decides he must speak his oath to bind with her, in order to honor his duty, but he will never allow anything real to grow between them. He essentially kidnaps her, drags her back to the Temple and spends the rest of the book trying to force her to speak the oath back to him while he fights he growing feelings for her.

I like the world-building and the story is rich with great secondary characters. It gives the entire book such a great canvas. I enjoyed the tender moments between Farran and Noelle, but he also frustrated me at times with his thoughtless comments designed to put emotional distance between them. He wasn't a bad guy, but he was thick-headed. And 900 years is a long time to hold a grudge against women. As for Noelle, it kind of stretches credulity to think that any functional 29 year-old woman can be that innocent in 2012. Beyond that, I liked her well enough. She has a sharp mind and demands the kind of proof that most rational people would need. I just hated to see her feelings hurt so often.

When the walls finally start to come down between these two, the heat factor was fantastic. The love scenes were great and there was a fair amount of action worked in --as well as enough intrigue to keep me guessing. --Not everything is tied up neatly. There are definitely loose ends that will branch over to the next book. But the ending gives good closure on the relationship, so it's by no means a cliffhanger.

I liked it. And I'll read the next one when it comes out. I'm hoping for Sophie's story... with Tane perhaps? Or maybe Declan? I'm looking forward to it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great second in the series 25 Sept. 2012
By Deborah Haupt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The curse came when Farran de Clare and his brother knights of the Templar went against orders and discovered a forbidden scroll. For their act of disobedience they were given immortality to fight the evil demon Azazel and his minions. And with every kill of evil they made they would absorb some of that evil. But all is not lost; there is a prophecy that tells of the return of the seraphs that will redeem them.

Farran is not looking for redemption; he doesn't believe he deserves it so when it knocks on his door in the form of an unbeliever he does everything in his power to deny it and her. But she's in grave danger from the demon Azazel who wants the artifact she's responsible for and it's he who must protect her. But at what cost, his life, his immortality or his heart.
Dr. Noelle Keane is a firm unbeliever in a higher power; she's relied on the science of fact for all of her life. When she and her bodyguard Farran are attacked she suddenly finds the black and white of her beliefs in question. When Farran tells of prophecies, demons and immortal knights she's convinced he's crazy until fiction becomes fact and she has a choice to make and the choice becomes more difficult the more she learns about this knight, his past and their future.
Farran and Noelle are one of the fated pairs of seraph and immortal knight and are stronger together but they each have their own reason to fight against divine promise and must make their own path and live with their choices. Will those choices save them or lead to their demise.
Claire Ashgrove has given me many hours of happy reading starting with her contemporary romance novels and now with her newest and fantastic series about the Templar Knights and the women who save them. It's inventive, imaginative, epic and a fantastic mix of medieval fact and fiction encompassed by a beautiful romance complete with all the obstacles I'd expect from this doubting Thomas fated pair. Her hero and heroine fill the pages with their personalities and keep the pages turning with their antics and their deeds. The dialogue flows with a hint of the old amongst the common language of today and the narrative is fast paced, action filled and at times nail-biting terror along with the very tempestuous and sensual love scenes.
If you've never read Claire it's time you did, if you're looking for a new look in urban fantasy/paranormal or the Templar legend give this series a try. Even though this is novel two of a series it stands well on it's own.
Claire thank you for this journey into myth and lore, I can't wait to see where you take me on our next trip.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
super romantic urban fantasy 25 Sept. 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1119, the archangels warned the nine Knights of the Templar not to dig beneath the Temple Mount. They ignored the archangels and excavated holy relics. Their punishment for their disobedience is to combat Azrael's demons until they convert into evil Knights of Azrael; as ironically each demon they slew places darkness on their soul until they are engulfed. By the twenty-first century, for those still loyal need to find the Seraphim before Azrael obtains the eight remaining holy relics needed to defeat the Almighty.

Knight Farran de Clare rejects the destined mate though he knows the ultimate cost is his soul. Archangel Gabriel assigns Farran to keep safe scientist Noelle Keane. When he meets the atheist, Farran curses Gabriel as she is his seraph. Farran vows to protect her, but pledges never surrender his soul to her as he prefers Azrael if forced to choose. However when Azrael's demons threaten Noelle, Farran realizes his foolishness and he will die to keep his soul mate safe. She stuns him when she demands he give her his heart along with his soul.

The second Curse of the Templars (see Immortal Hope) romantic urban fantasy is a super tale starring a wonderful obstinate lead pair. The atheist brings freshness with her viewpoint re angels, knights and demons troupe, oh my; while her knight provides a unique perspective on salvation. Claire Ashgrove builds on her mythos with the Templar history enhancing the contemporary tale of a cynical knight and a devotee of the scientific method.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Immortal Surrender 26 Sept. 2012
By LITERAL ADDICTION - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

Another incredible installment in THE CURSE OF THE TEMPLARS series by Claire Ashgrove. Not quite as action packed as Immortal Hope, but engaging and thrilling just the same.

Picking up where Immortal Hope, book #1, left off, the Order is still guarding the gates, fighting back Azazel's minions, their fallen brethren, and doing whatever they can to keep the darkness within themselves at bay.

Dr. Noelle Keane, the 2nd of the prophesied seraphs, is commissioned to carbon date and validate another of the sacred relics. In keeping with his meddling ways, Archangel Gabriel presents Noelle with her Templar torc, thus setting in motion events beyond her control. As the prophesied 2nd seraph, Noelle is said to be `The Blind'. That is at first taken literally due to her declining eye sight, but what it comes to mean is much more profound - the fact that she's blind to the truth and the glories of the Almighty. She's a true scientist and struggles with faith.

When one of her appointed guards, Farran de Clare, realizes that Noelle bears his matching mark and that she is HIS seraph, things get a little dicey. Farran is quite possibly one of the only Order Knights who wants nothing to do with a seraph. He has some pretty heavy duty baggage from his past and refuses to be made a fool again by any woman. His honor and allegiance to the Order supercede everything, however, and he resolves to take the oath with Noelle, if only to strengthen his sword for the cause.

Grumpy, duty bound Farran and naïve, insecure Noelle are an interesting match. Despite their mutual passions, their combined stubbornness is overwhelming and quite the roadblock. Misunderstandings abound, and the entire situation is quite volatile. Farran does everything in his power to distance himself from Noelle, and Noelle simply thinks Farran is insane. The back and forth of these things and the growth of the characters both individually and as a pair is a large part of the tale. Unlike Immortal Hope, Immortal Surrender didn't get action packed until the end, but was an enjoyable read none-the-less.

Outside of Farran and Noelle's story, Claire begins several side tales in this installment. The growing darkness within the other unmated knights, the side sects beginning to form, the organization of Azazel's army, etc. The prologue confused me a bit though. It was about a Knight named Iain and his seraph Bianca, but after that initial action packed sequence Iain was never mentioned again. I can only assume that it was a segue to a future book and that we'll find out what happens to him at a later date...

Once again I give Claire huge kudos for her attention to detail and the obvious research that went into writing these books. She has created an amazing world full of wonder and mystery and it's obvious that she has taken the time to research what she's writing about. I also like the journey she took with the growth of the characters in this book. Acerbic, unshakable Farran's edges get softened and he caves to his heart, and Noelle's insecurities and naivety give way to an inner strength and determination I wasn't sure that we'd see from her.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Immortal Surrender 4 Skulls and would recommend it to Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance lovers who are looking for something a bit different. I would suggest that readers start out with Immortal Hope before reading Immortal Surrender, however. While it can be read as a stand-alone, the introduction to the world and the supporting cast will be much more appreciated if the series is read as a whole.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A nice second installment 2 Oct. 2012
By BookAngelRV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the sequel to Immortal Hope and the second book in The Curse of the Templars. I enjoyed reading this story and hope you will give this series a try also. I give this book 4 stars.

In this story there are more demons, more fighting and Azazel is more involved in this story raising the stakes for the Templars as Azazel continues his search for the holy artifacts to steal. The author managed to take two people that you knew would probably end up together and create a unique conflict between them that wasn't just like all the others. The author made sure that each character has their own personalities and reasons behind everything they do. I felt that there was a lot of thought put into it and it shows.

The characters in this story, Farran and Noelle, were good but I didn't like them quite as much as the previous book. They had a good love story but Farran fails to realize that all women are not like his wife until it is almost to late. His wife lived in the twelfth century not the twenty-first. The only reason that this story did not get five stars like the last one was because I just did not like or connect with Farran as much and I did in the first book but like anything different personalities and people clash so I think I would just get along with Merrick better than Farran. On the other hand Noelle is pretty cool. She has to make a large decision in this story in order to continue and I think she handles it well. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character and come to grips with her destiny.

I think my favorite part of this book was right at the very end when they are in Spain. For more information on that you will just have to read the book. I can't wait for the third in the series, Immortal Trust.

*I received this free from the author in return for an honest review*
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