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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Review: Assassin's Honor by Monica Burns

Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches ancient relics. It’s how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins—the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an ancient artifact she doesn’t have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who’s every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her heart.

Ares DeLuca comes from an ancient Roman bloodline of telekinetic assassins. A Sicari, he’s honor bound to kill only in the name of justice. But when the woman he loved was murdered, Ares broke the Sicari code and used his sword for revenge. Love cost him dearly once before, and he’s not willing to pay the price again. At least not until hot, sweet, delectable Emma walked into his life. Not only does she hold the key to a valuable Sicari relic, she might just hold the key to his heart. *Summary from http://www.monicaburns.com/

Assassin’s Honor is the first book in Monica Burn’s Order of the Assassin Series and presents a new twist in the paranormal romance genre. She builds a world where an ancient order of assassins exists to protect the innocent from harm.

Many of you may have seen my tweets when I first started reading this book. I was hooked from page one! The storyline flowed from scene to scene and event to event that as a reader – you don’t want to put the book down. You always want to know “what happens next?” That was me for the four days it took for me to read this book. I would have finished sooner, but activities like working, eating and taking care of my family kept popping up. And the fact that Ares ....well…. he’s just HAWT is a super bonus! Burns created such a strong and vivid character – he was real for me. I could connect to his emotions, his doubts and fears without any problem. Emma…hmm She was a bit harder. I liked her but she had several “WTF” moments that really made me want to scream. She has spunk and guts and determination – but in the same way those features stand out – she won’t listen and needs to be smacked. To be such a brilliant archeologist, to me her actions seemed out of synch with her character. I guess there has to be balance though. But I want to be clear – Emma’s issues weren’t enough to totally drag down the book it actually was the catalyst for many of the action sequences that made Ares stand out. So I guess in the end that’s a win!

The relationship that Burns builds between Emma and Ares is for lack of a better word – jaw dropping… and I mean that in a good way. Both characters were so attracted to each other – that their reactions were out of the norm for both of them. I enjoyed how the story flowed with that main conflict. There was also the element of trust that was a problem for them both – I wasn’t as sold on that conflict line since they were usually tied to Emma’s WTF moments.

Readers are also introduced to Ares’ younger sister Phaeandra who is a empath with a healing touch and his second in command Lysander. Burns creates a great landscape for additional romance threads with these characters so I’m looking forward to moving on the Book Two in this series Assassin’s Heart.

You can never go wrong with assassin's (good and bad), swords, mystery and heart thumping romance. Overall, Assassin's Honor was a great read!



Want to learn more about Monica Burns? Check out her website.

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3 comments:

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

This is the first review I've seen of this book. It sounds really good-it's good to know that Emma's issues weren't enough to bring down the whole book. Ares sounds like he more then makes up for her issues. :)

Paranormal Haven said...

I thought this one was good but the second book in the series, Assassin's Heart, is better. It's pretty emotional. Great review. I liked Ares :-)


Stephanie G
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Dren said...

Thanks for the feedback ladies!

@Steph I'm hearing that book 2 is better. I have it set for my christmas holiday reading list.

@Buckeye - Smexy and Parajunkee have reviews on their sites. It was released earlier in the year so it's probably layered down on everyone's blog. It's definitely worth reading.

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