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Born of Ashes (The Guardians of Ascension) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Enter a hidden world of winged vampire warriors―and the women they are sworn protect…
HELL HATH NO FURY
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…
LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS
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.
"A thrilling series! I can't get enough of these sexy warriors!" ―New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
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I'll start with Fiona because I think I owe her for not being the simpering pain I thought she would be. My favorite part about her was her respect for Jean-Pierre. It didn't matter that she wasn't ready to love him. She still told him how beautiful he was to her and how great of a fighter he was. I don't recall such admiration in the other books although I know with every book I thought the warriors deserved it from their women. When Fiona said all these things actually to Jean-Pierre, my own admiration for him grew. It was wonderful. Next, she was a strong woman. Okay, maybe she cried a little too much, but she worked hard most of the book. She had real goals-ones that did not include forcing herself away from her man like the other women-that she aimed for. She never lost her focus. I loved that. Also, her fighting rocked. She actually made a difference in the book, and though it depended on others to do so, she was willing. I say again, she was a strong character. Finally, Fiona showed great respect to the lost women. She had some beautiful parts in this book where she made sure to recognize every woman who had been hurt and killed. The author did some great writing with this.
As for Jean-Pierre, he was a rock for Fiona. He was there for her even when he had his doubts. Besides his wonderful French in the book, he did not have a dramatic character. He was perfect for Fiona because he was steady and comforting and understanding. He gave her all the space she needed. Of course he still had those warrior traits that made him oh-so hot.
I liked reading about the old characters. It was nice to know that life went on with them yet what they did in their own stories was useful for the future. My biggest problem, however, was learning about Thorne and Marguerite. I was looking forward to Thorne because I wanted to understand his pain, but now I want nothing to do with their upcoming relationship. Everything they have between them is the opposite of what Fiona and Jean-Pierre have. And they have something incredibly sweet and full of respect. Since I loved their relationship I have a feeling I will hate Thorne's and Marguerite's. But once I managed to skip through their parts, it was okay.
And speaking of skipping through parts, I feel like I had to do a lot of that in this book. It's a sad fact that I had to skim, but I got really annoyed at how much of the book wasn't dealing with Fiona and Jean-Pierre. Maybe it's because I liked them so much that it ticked me off that the whole book wasn't more about them, but I have never noticed the other books spending so much time dealing with outside stuff.
Overall, I had to stick with giving this book a five-star rating because I seriously loved the main characters. They fit together well and they were so adorable that they are the reason why this book is now my favorite of the series. Did I mention that their sex is great too? It SIZZLED! Anyway, I almost thought this book was written by a different author because BORN OF ASHES is so different than the other books from the series. I just loved it despite its annoying parts.
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!
The series picks up where the last book leaves off almost. When Fiona and Jean-Pierre meet in the hospital for the first time. This book deals with the trauma Fiona suffer's at Rith's hands. As we found out in the previous book Fiona was drained of her blood to death and then repeatedly brought back to life. Also known as dying blood and is highly addictive. The trauma she suffered follows her everywhere including into her new relationship. This is what made the book hard to get through. She is very resistant to everything. I don't blame her it's not her fault but it was very frustrating at times. Especially when I feel that if she just let's go she would feel much better.
Jean-Pierre was also hurt in the past by a loved one. This prevent's him from fully opening himself up to Fiona the way he should. He was a trooper giving the space and time that Fiona needed even when it hurt him in the process.
In the end there is love, bloodshed, revenge, exploration, new found gift's and lots of love to be had in this book. I enjoyed the ending very much.
The next book Thorne and Marguerite will be interesting. We did get to see quite a bit of them in this book. I have a feeling though I am going to want to knock Marguerite out though.
We also got to see more of Endelle. I can't wait for her book in the end. It will be quite interesting.