Immortal Surrender
Claire Ashgrove
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Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars)
Claire Ashgrove
Tor
Paperback
448 pages
September 2012
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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A bit pedestrian

I seem to be going through a phase of starting to read a book, then discovering that itís part of a series--and not the first in that series. Sometimes that matters, sometimes not, but it does often get me wondering whether I would have read subsequent books if the first in the series was of the standard of the book I have just read.

In the case of Immortal Surrender, the answer is ínoí. Not because itís a bad book, which it isnít, but because itís not a good book either. Itís surprisingly unmemorable with a pedestrian plot, fairly uninteresting characters and a 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 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 skeptical one.

Little action in terms of fighting baddies occurs in this story; it mostly consists 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 makes almost nothing of Noelleís complete change of understanding with regard to matters of pure belief. I found myself unconvinced that these two could live happily ever after, and it left me feeling that the book was a a disappointment. I doubt Iíll bother to read any others in this series.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Helen Hancox, 2013

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