Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Book Review: Forsaken by Heather Fleener - BLOG TOUR

Today I am sharing with you my review of Forsaken, a paranormal fantasy romance with vampires, witches and magic. A fantastic fantasy series and how beautiful is this cover!

Title: Forsaken
Series: Ancients of Light #2
Author: Heather Fleener
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 14th February 2013
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Format: eBook
Source: via Literary Quill Promotions for an honest review

The Prophecy Will Be Fulfilled
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…

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 fulfilment 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 fulfil the destiny that has always been meant for them.

My Review

Wholly cow, I loved this book. It was such an enjoyable read with everything, fantasy, romance, action, intrigue, magic, witches and vampires and did I mention romance. This was more of an urban fantasy than book one, but I enjoyed Forsaken more than Chosen, but this whole series is going to be awesome. With each book you get a look into the lives of different characters, but they all tie in together and Kaitriana (the Chosen) is always at there as the Queen of Queens. Forsaken was fast paced with some very steamy romance scenes and a lot of intrigue.

Ella isn't your ordinary 26 year old, she is a witch and has been living in the human world most of her life. Her Mother was killed when she was younger and they were living in the Realm and Ella has no idea who her Father is. After her Mother dies Ella moves back to the human world. Grieving and trying to survive, Ella studies and works to make a life for herself. On celebrating the end of her studies, she goes out with friends for some drinks and fun. Sitting at the bar, Cole walks up and Ella knows immediately he is a vampire and a Dark. Cole is determined to get into her good graces with Ella and help her home (since she couldn't make it by herself). After succumbing to Cole’s charms and their instant attraction, Ella allows Cole to take her home and inside her apartment. Knowing it is dangerous, but also wanting a little action, Cole drives Ella mad with pleasure.

Cole (known in the Realm as Nicholas) has been watching Ella since she was a child. Knowing she is special and hoping to get Ella to want him and desire him, Cole is determined to leave Ella wanting him at every visit. He isn't divulging all of his life to her and known in the Realm as the Warrior of Dark, he is the fiercest and most feared vampire in the Dark legion.

The war between Light and Dark is coming to a head with the Chosen and the Warrior of Light attacking the Dark. Nicholas is called back to the Realm and Ella is taken into the Light coven. Kaitriana is helping Ella bring her powers to the surface and discover how much power she possesses.

All the time that Cole/Nicholas spent with Ella in the human world and he cannot stop thinking about her. They have discovered feelings for each other that shouldn't have grown. But can they be together, since they both come from opposite sides of the Realm? Will their love conquer? Can Cole/Nicholas or Ella convert to the other side? Who is Ella’s Father? Will Light prevail?

I really love this series and can’t wait for Broken. It is unique with witches, vampires and magic, plus the good versus evil war, but what is unique is the story and prophesy that still needs to be fulfilled. Both Chosen and Forsaken revolve around strong female characters, but they still have their vulnerability. With each page the characters evolve and grow into their potential. I loved the combination of Ella and Kaitriana in this book and Kaitriana’s querkyness that makes everybody smile. This is a must read!


A favourite passage with Dunkirk (he is a vampire and one of Nicholas' closest friends) escorting Ella home after work:
Ella thought she saw just a touch of amusement in his eyes as he watched her unlock the door. It was confirmed when she began to close it and heard his deep voice for the first time ever, "Aye, generally we bite those we find the most annoying, Broomstick." He had already disappeared and Ella was still laughing when she shut the door behind her.
~ loc 1729

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 been a closet-romance junkie 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.

Ancients of Light is a series of thirteen novels - a testament to many miles on the treadmill and lots of characters that insist on having their stories told.


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  1. This sounds like a pretty interesting series. I'll have to look into it!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  2. I just finished this book and I loved it. I, too, am waiting for Broken to be released. :)

  3. thanks for hosting! :)