Length: 314 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars
In the beginning...there were Vampire.
Man’s fall from grace sparked the birth of the Dark creatures from the underworld. To counter the explicit threat to mankind, divinely-created immortals were brought forth. The Witch encompassed seven Castes of power; their magic was most effective against the nefarious agenda pursued by the evil ones.
She is Chosen...
Kaitriana’s gift of magic is unrivaled. A descendant of the most powerful Ancient in existence, her birth was foretold ages before her time. Destined to lead the Witch faction, she is betrayed by her own kind, destroying her birthright and all hope of delivering the Realm from the sinister shadow of the Ancient Dark.
He is the Key...
Lorcan is a mighty warlord in the Vampire species. His animosity towards the magical immortals is personal - his mother was their Queen. Having long since severed all ties with his former kin, his existence remains plagued by the repercussions of her treachery and a secret that threatens to be his downfall.
They are the Prophecy...
An arcane prophecy from the time of the Ancients proclaims that only two in all of creation can bring peace to the Realm. When Kaitriana miraculously appears seeking his protection, Lorcan must forsake his duty and disregard the dictates of his breed to shelter the female. Together they must combat the Ancient Dark and surmount the forces within their own factions that would oppose the Prophecy. Their fates have always been entwined and only when joined can they triumph over a blood feud that has shadowed the Light for millennia.
About the Ancients of Light series
Chosen is the first in the thirteen books of the Ancients of Light series and is only the beginning of a young Witch’s journey toward developing both the strength of character and magic that will be required to fulfill her prophesied role as leader of the Light faction.
Revelations of nuances in the Prophecy - facets that were never fully comprehended by the Ancients - will continue in successive stories. The culmination of its true meaning in the destiny of the supernatural world of the Realm will only be revealed when Kaitriana is adequately prepared to lead the Warriors now being called together to champion the Light’s purpose.
Familiar characters return for each storyline as the focus turns to a new key couple in every book - a pair that significantly factors into the purpose of Light – however, the story of the Chosen does not end with Book #1. Kaitriana and Lorcan, their growth together as partners in leadership and in love as a couple, will thread through the series as Kaitriana assumes the role that was destined as hers since the beginning.
Ancients were created in the beginning of the age of man. The Vampire were birthed by the underworld after mankind’s fall from grace to destroy what remained of God’s people. This threat to Creation was countered with divinely-breathed immortals. The Witch were most effective against the nefarious agenda pursued by the evil ones. An arcane Prophecy proclaims that the divine purpose of the Ancients of Light will be fulfilled, beginning with the rise of the Chosen. Now the Queens will join her…
Length: 356 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Fire is her Destiny...
Ella long ago determined she would not live a life where magic defined her. Feeling no kinship with her Caste, she walked away from the Realm and its conflicts. She found acceptance and fulfillment in her life amongst the mortals and is on the brink of achieving her dreams.
Darkness is His Curse...
Nicholas is the most revered warrior in the Darks’ army. His personal animosity towards the Light drives his existence and draws him to the one Witch he is set on controlling. Nicholas knows the reasons that Ella never found acceptance within the Fire Caste of Witch and he will use that knowledge to pursue his Dark agenda.
When Light and Dark Collide...
Despite her origins, Nicholas discovers more in Ella than just a powerful Fire Witch, leading him beyond the Dark evil that has plagued him for eight centuries. Ella disregards the inherent calling of her breed for the only true belonging she has ever experienced, the love she finds with her Dark Vampire. The beginning of the very Prophecy that will save the Light tears the pair apart and the fallout threatens their existence. When two of the most powerful immortals on opposite sides of Realm collide in divinely-inspired fate, neither will escape unscathed. Only when the Forsaken finds grace will Ella and Nicholas be able to fulfill the destiny that has always been meant for them.
The Light’s Duty to Protect
A war over the fate of mankind sparked the creation of the Ancients - Light and Dark - one divinely-created guardians, the other hell-spawned killers. The conflict raged within the Realm for millennia, neither faction triumphant in its purpose. In recent history the Darks have adopted a more surreptitious path - the boom of technology allowing the Dark One to insinuate himself into the midst of those he would most like to destroy. Tragic consequences result when the Ancients of Light pursue the Darkness into the Outer Realm. The Prophecy continues…
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Scurvy Palace Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars
Darkness Claimed Her Soul
The adversity of Kylie’s youth forged an indomitable spirit. A vibrant and strong woman determined to plot the course of her life with room for nothing beyond the next measure of success, Kylie believed in only herself, and most certainly neither destiny nor love. All those tenants were derailed with a single encounter, but the same man that tempted her to live again drew her into the middle of an aged war, the consequence being her own destruction, plummeting her into a hellish existence.
A Warrior Haunted by His Failure
Sayer’s mission was only to foil the latest plan of the Darks in the Outer Realm and return a few Vampire to Hell. Finding a perfect mortal that tempted him beyond all reason was unforeseen complication. Just when Sayer realizes that his eternity is meant for one alone, Kylie is destroyed by the Darks, and the loss drives him to the pits of despair, revealing events of the past that would best be long forgotten.
Tragedy will Reveal Those of Divine Purpose
Sayer’s appearance in her life was the catalyst to fulfilling a destiny that has existed since Kylie’s creation. Their fate thwarted by Darkness, both shattered by tragedy, Kylie and Sayer must return to the love that once was while finding absolution and seeking forgiveness, or perish apart. Only once all that was broken is returned to unblemished will God’s own Warriors rise. The beginning of the beginning…
The Ancients of Light series was one that I fell in love with from book 1. Chosen, made for quite the introduction to Kaitriana, Lorcan, the world of Realm, and the wonderful cast of supporting characters that help to flesh out the story that heralds the beginning of an absolutely fabulous series.
Readers are allowed to grow up with Kat in this first read, as she is but a wee thing when first we me her and she meets Lorcan. This is when both he and she stake their claims on each other, and in the hearts of readers.
The surprise come when readers find out how childhood claims come to pass in very adult ways after Kat has been allowed to mature some 500 years, and is once again reunited with her warrior vamp.
This is where things really start to get interesting...and a little frustrating for me and every other forward thinking female reading this book. Lorcan becomes sexier, but decidedly more possessive as the pages turn.
This of course leads to Kat having to show him, and every nay sayer in the story who's boss in a very kick ass fashion.
This was the only 4 star rating of the three books. It would have been a five, but for its length...about 100 pages too long...and Lorcan, who only became truly great near the end.
Forsaken, is my favorite of the three. Cole/Nicholas is everything that a girl could want in her warrior vamp. Sexy, strong, sophisticated, a lover of good food, good wine, and not afraid to shop for killer presents for his "princess".
The only drawback to Mr. Wonderful?
He is an agent of the Dark, and as such is hell bent on taking down all Warriors of the Light.
Ella, like Kat is a kick ass heroine of the light. She has a quick wit, awesome Fire powers, and a big heart.
When she and Cole meet at a bar in Chicago, neither have any idea just how hot the two of them are going to get.
Things between these two are so lighthearted and sweet that it is very easy to forget that there is a war going on in Realm.
Well, let's just say that "what's done in the dark..." and from the looks of what Ella finds out...our dark Boy Wonder has a lot to answer for.
This book is built on secrets, lies, amd discoveries made this time by Ella, about herself, her heritage. and the depth and breath of her love for the vamp that she doesn't quite know. Yes, Kat and Lorcan are in this one too. Lol!
This is where the series really starts to find its pace. Everything about this book is sheer perfection!
Broken, this is where we finally get a close up and personal look at Kylie and Sayer. This is also where we see a turn about. Kylie being the dark and tortured soul and Sayer doing all he can to help her.
Kylie's story was one that really tugged at my heart and reading her was so engrossing that I had to make this one personal.
There is a lot going on in this third book that has to do with many other plot lines in the story as well and I really don't want to spoil anything so I will just end this review by saying
READ THIS SERIES NOW!
Chosen 4.5 Stars
Forsaken 5 Stars
Broken 5 Stars
About the Author
Heather Fleener lives in Indiana with her husband, D.A. and their twins, Thomas and Alexandra. Professionally she has spent her career working in the area of Intellectual Property law.
Reading has been a passion of hers since she was young and she has adored romance novels her entire life. The romantic styles of Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood are her inspiration, though she has read and loved the stories of countless other authors. Her fascination with the paranormal began to form at the young age of six, watching late-night ghost and vampire movies with her Grandpa. Unfortunately, as a result, she also remains afraid of the dark to this day.
Combining her love of epic romances and the supernatural was a natural progression for her overactive imagination. When the idea for the Ancients of Light series began, it was an abstract story line rambling around in her head to help kill a few miles on the treadmill. As the stories and plotlines continued to grow, it finally became necessary to put the words to paper and build the characters that had been living in the Realm and having conversations in her head for months.
The series is a testament to many miles on the treadmill and lots of characters that insist on having their stories told.