Sunday, January 27, 2013

CHOSEN: Dark Breed #3 by Sable Grace

Publisher:  Avon
Date published:  August 28, 2012
ISBN:  978-0-06-207964-0
Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher


Kyana Aslan lived for 200 years as a strong, independent Dark Breed.  Prominently a Vampyre, then a Lychen.  But then she is CHOSEN.  Made Goddess of the Hunt.  CHOSEN for her determination to survive as much as for her passion to protect those she loves.

Ryker, the new Zeus, the presumed bastard son of Ares, God of War, has waited a long time for Kyana to admit to her true feelings for him.  When she finally considers it, it is then an evil is resurrected in the form of Cronos, father of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.  His plan is to reclaim his old throne, to rule all three realms of the gods, from Olympus.  But first, he has to remove Kyana, the one person standing in his way. 

But Ryker will not let Kyana fight this evil alone.  Not with the fate of the entire world at stake.  So, enlisting the help of all who may be negatively affected by Cronos and those he has resurrected to serve him, Kyana and Ryker fight to free themselves from an evil future that none of them want. 

CHOSEN, by the writing team known as Sable Grace, is the third installment of the Dark Breed series.  It is well written and creative in its scope.

Not having read either of the prior installments of the Dark Breed series, it took a few chapters before I started getting the gist of what was happening in CHOSEN.  However, once I got into the story, everything started coming together.  So this could very well be a stand-alone book, once you figure out who the characters are and what they are up against.

CHOSEN is a quick read, with interesting characters.  Kyana Aslan is indeed a beautiful, kick-ass heroine, who is sure to keep you involved with the intriguing plot of CHOSEN.  Getting to know each of the gods and/or goddesses in CHOSEN is what helps the reader along, assuming one has not read the first two books of this series.  Then, for fans of the paranormal, the addition of the minor characters, especially the witches, mages, and Novus, there is much to keep you fascinated and holding on to your seat.

By the end of CHOSEN, you will begin to experience the incredible writing talents of Sable Grace.  The excitement and adventure of the battle between good and evil takes flight, keeping the reader pinned to his or her seat.  Original ideas, fast paced writing, unique supernatural creatures, mythological beings, and great plotting are a wonder at this point.  It kept me rooted, as the battle commenced and continued with non-stop action.  Sable Grace truly have a knack for this sort of thing and makes me want to read the first two Dark Breed novels, just to see what I’ve missed.

The reader does come to care for each of the main characters, and you find yourself hoping for the best by story’s end.  There is much to satisfy in CHOSEN, depending on what the reader enjoys.  The minor characters sneak into your psyche, together with Kyana and Ryker.  Haven, and Geoffrey, and Henry, to name a few clearly have their own stories to tell, as well as all of the bad guys, Mehmet, Kyana’s former husband, and even Cronos himself.  I thought it was interesting that one or more of the characters in CHOSEN had been killed off at one time, perhaps more than once, then brought back to life again.  I can see how that would add a lot of tension and suspense to this series.

CHOSEN is a fabulous read and one any reader who enjoys the paranormal would enjoy.  It is well written and full of plenty of surprises, twists, and turns, and I look forward to reading more of this series.  With the leaving of a few loose ends in CHOSEN, it seems obvious there may be a continuation of this series, one I’ll be sure not to miss.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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