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Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars) Mass Market Paperback – 9 Oct 2012
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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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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.
The other problem I had was that the pace was a little too slow for my liking. Despite the main plot being about demons versus Templars, there was very little action in it. I really could have done with more fight scenes to balance out the romance. Also, there was a plot where one of the Templars (I won't reveal which one) was a traitor and on the side of the enemy. That didn't go anywhere and I was a little disappointed. Although I'm guessing it will be resolved in future novels.
That being said, when there was action, it was fun to read and actually well described. Had there been more of this then it would have perfectly balanced the story. And I will admit that I did like the idea of Farran's point of view being written in "Old English" style. That was actually handled very well and gave a nice twist to the book.
As a Romance novel, it will definately appease those who want a straight forward love story. For me personally though, I wanted the characters to have a little more personality and be a bit more likeable than they were. It wasn't a bad novel by any means and Claire Ashgrove clearly is a master in this field. Myself, I just needed a little more action in it to balance the plot a little more as it was a bit slow for me.
Despite a few pacing issues and some slightly uninteresting characters, Immortal Surrender will be a good read for those who just want a standard Romantic novel that isn't too hard to follow. But for those who want something a little more action orientated, I can't really recommend this one. It has lots of good ideas and, if it expands on them beyond just the standard love story concept, this could actually be an interesting and underrated book series.
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. I found myself unconvinced that these two could live happily ever after and it left me feeling that the book was a bit of a disappointment. I doubt I'll bother to read any others in this series.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2013
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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.