Review Tour for THE CHOSEN KNIGHTS (The Angel Knights #2) by Mary Ting
I received this book via Barclay Publicity. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting
Series: The Angel Knights #1
Published by Self Publish on 2016-03-19
Length: 328 pages
Reviewing eARC, Audiobook from Barclay Publicity
Reading Challenges: 2016 ARC August, 2016 New Release Challenge, COYER 2016 Summer Vacation
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.
Excerpt of The Chosen Knights
Eli willed his sword away. It disappeared behind his back, just the way I would have done it. “You know nothing. Nothing about me is human. I won’t be a part of something that could kill any one of you.”
“How could it kill us if—?” Then I had a thought, recalling the first time I’d seen him in the cafeteria. I had no evidence but it was worth the shot. “You can astral travel, can’t you? You’ve done it before, when you first saw me in the cafeteria. You can travel in the present too. That’s why you took off.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you even know what that is?” His jaw clenched.
I knew he was lying. “Out-of-body experience.” I followed behind him when he started walking away.
“You have no idea of the consequences when you travel. Astral travel.”
“Then let it be my consequence.”
Eli whipped around. His face was just a breath away from mine. “You have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Then show me.”
Eli pierced his eyes into mine. His heart drummed a mile a minute. “You want to feel pain, Lucia? You want to know what happens to people when they astral travel?”
“I-I—” I didn’t know what to say. I certainly didn’t expect him to say the things he did.
Eli extended his arm to me. “Take my hand.”
“Take my hand, Lucia.” His tone was stern.
I shook my head.
“Last warning for—ELI.” I screamed. My stomach dropped, along with my body. Eli’s arms embraced me as we plunged through multiple layers of clouds with my back facing down. Hair whipped my face and the force of gravity made me dizzy.
“You didn’t heed my warning, Lucia,” Eli grumbled.
“So you’re trying to kill me?” The normal reaction for someone in this situation would be to fight back, but my instincts told me I wasn’t in danger. “What are you doing?” The clouds got smaller as we plummeted faster by the second. I began to have second thoughts. Wanting to believe so badly I could get through to him, I’d let it possibly cost my life.
He ignored my plea. Looking squarely in my eyes as air rushed against us, he said nonchalantly, “Get ready to die.”
The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting is an urban fantasy lover’s dream! There are demons, vampires, angels, and fallen angels all set to the back drop of high school in Hawaii. What more could you ask for?! If you are new to Mary Ting, I highly recommend reading either The Angel Knights, the prequel which will give you a little background to the world created by the author, or go back to the beginning Crossroads, the series that this one is based off. Personally I haven’t read Crossroads and am not lost so this series can be read as a standalone. However I have every intention of reading them!
Lucia and Zachary are the nephilim children of Michael and Claudia, raised to be demon-hunters, Venators. They deny the human-side of themselves, pushing their emotions to the side. Zac does this better than Lucia. Lucia struggles and it’s this struggle that drew me to her story. Lucia and Zac are 17, have never been around humans, and are now being thrust into the world of high school. It’s interesting to read how they adjust and even humorous when Lucia tries to reason out the use of unfamiliar slang which results in miscommunication.
Lucia is easily likable. She’s loyal, a fierce fighter, and follows her heart, which gets her into a lot of trouble. Zac is what every brother should be. He’s her best friend, her confidante, and always has her back. “Uncle” Davin, Michael’s best friend and their guardian while in Hawaii, cracks me up. He’s like a big kid, but fiercely protective of Zac and Lucia. I love him!
Then there’s the humans they meet, or at least Lucia believes them human. Eli is half-demon and also the love interest. I’ll be honest, I really had a hard time liking him. He’s rude, pushes Lucia away at one instance and in the next is keeping a close eye on her. I’m not sure how I stand on my feelings for him.
The plot revolves around the mysterious Cyrus, who he is and what he wants. I found myself completely absorbed in the paranormal world created by Mary Ting. Between the mythology created by the author and the action, I was hooked! I loved the scenes between Eli and Lucia. You never really know where either stands. Are they enemies, are they friends, or are they more? And that ending….ugh!!! I hate cliffhangers. I need The Blessed Knights like yesterday.
Overall I really enjoyed this book! It’s a great start to the series. If you enjoy urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or enjoyed the Crossroads series, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this book asap.
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Series: The Angel Knights #2
Published by Self Publish on 2016-10-28
Eli, Lucia's half-demon love interest, has been stabbed with a true-cross dagger and captured by Cyrus, master of the possessor demons.
The Chosen Knights must work together once again not only to save Eli, but also to decipher a clue to find the second missing page of Jacques de Molay's journal. Meanwhile, Uncle Davin informs Crossroads Divine Elders of the danger ahead and learns there is much more to fear.
Countless children are being taken from all over the world to be turned into demons.
Michael, one of the Divine Elders, has no choice but to intervene. The Chosen Knights track down Mortem, the demon who is the key to finding Cyrus, and learn they must travel deep into the pit of a Hawaiian volcano.
When they astral travel to the past in search of a clue and follow Jacques de Moley to Roselyn Chapel in medieval Scotland, what they find will rewrite history.
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