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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books in Motion
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Dec. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FO0HAA
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Immortals: The Calling: Immortals Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Of course throwing hero and heroine together right at the beginning of the novel leaves you pretty sure what's going to happen. Equally this is no story of people who initially dislike each other coming to change their minds (à la Pride & Prejudice), this is the sort of story where hero and heroine fall instantly in lust and the question in the reader's mind isn't 'will they get together?' but 'when will they get the sex over with so we can get on with the plot'. There's little character change or growth, it's more a story of fighting a quest to overcome evil, although with the sexual attraction between hero and heroine as a major element.
The world that Jennifer Ashley has created for this series has got an awful lot of different creatures in it; in fact, she seems to have pretty much anything that's ever been included in another paranormal fantasy book - vampires, werewolves, Unseelie, demons, witches, dragons, gods, goddesses... and of course Immortals. The Immortals have lived for thousands of years but their role has changed over that time and they don't do a great deal in the modern world apart from help out when they find a need. They've rather lost their way as all the really strong evil Old Ones were disposed of some time ago so there's nothing really significant for them to battle.
However it soon becomes apparent to Adrian and Amber that things are getting rather complicated and they end up working together with a dragon and a master vampire to try and get to the bottom of the demon magic that killed Susan and to find Tain.
Initially I found the book a bit slow-going but it perked up midway through as Adrian and Amber became more aware of the challenges they faced in rescuing Tain and disposing of the evil demon. The other characters working with them add an element of fun and variety to the story and the pace keeps going after the midpoint. I felt that the ending was rather an anti-climax but it sets the scene for the next stories in the series although there were still some loose ends, particularly regarding the long-term nature of their relationship.
Amber Silverthorne, a practicing witch is investigating her sister's murder when she is confronted by a demon and quickly rescued by a handsome stranger who "just happened to be passing". She knows immediately that he isn't human, having had close contact with both werewolves and vampires, yet he is something far more powerful than anything or anyone she has ever met.
The son of Isis, Adrian continues his endless battle against death magic alone; having completely lost contact with his siblings seven centuries earlier following the mysterious disappearance of his favourite brother Tain. Despite his continuous search Adrian finds no trace of Tain, who is hidden away by an ancient demon and tortured for centuries. It is not until Adrian feels the death of Susan (Amber's sister) that he has a place to search; but soon he finds himself torn between protecting either Tain or Amber when he falls heavily for a mortal witch.
It will be interesting to see how this series develops, as the next two books are written by different authors and the final two by Jennifer Ashley again. The next two are available in print and the fourth book is due for paperback release in the next few weeks; however the final story featuring Tain is currently in the works. "The Calling" has everything I enjoy in a paranormal romance; from of course the romantic relationship between the leading lovers to plenty of action and supernatural beings in scores. In this world, the average mortal (excluding Detective Simon) remains on the peripheral; expect instead to meet only powerful witches, a variety of shape shifters, Gods, Goddesses, vampires and demons. I think the only thing missing was an alien or two. This book was an exciting read and has definitely spurred me on to read the rest of this series. I have already ordered the next three paperbacks and eagerly await their arrival;
"The Darkening" by Robin T Popp
Featuring Darius (son of Sekhmet) and Lexi; a bounty hunter/witch/werewolf
"The Awakening" by Joy Nash
Featuring Kalen (son of Uni) and a witch named Christine Lachlan
"The Gathering" by Jennifer Ashley (due for pub. late Aug 07)
Featuring Hunter (son of Kali) and a witch named Leda Snow
Lastly Tain's story (the son of Cerridwen) is currently untitled and his heroine unnamed; although I have learnt she does appear in "The Gathering".
Both the hero and heroine in this first book are strong but complement each other, there was also a good balance between sexual content and the plot. I dont want to give anything else away but I would highly suggest you try this for yourself.