Friday, May 24, 2013

Ascended by Debra Ann Miller

Title:  Ascended
Author:  Debra Ann Miller
Series:  Fallen Guardian Saga #2
Published:  January 7th 2013 by Debra Ann Miller
Page Count:  246
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction/Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Vie and Carter set out to complete their mission, neither could have ever imagined being separated from each other.

Vie is feeling completely alone in The Gates, just barely going through the motions. Gabriel, her closest friend, tries to distract her with the news of a possible traitor in their own backyard. While Vie longs to be back on Earth with her love, she knows the danger that this traitor could bring, and sets her mind to drawing them out to protect the people she loves.

Carter is left alone on Earth clinging to the empty vessel that used to contain his love, unable to let go and move on. Carter starts putting the events of the past few weeks together and realizes something more is going on.

All the while Lucian is working up a plan to keep Vivian’s soul and get everything he's always wanted, including revenge against Vie and anyone she’s ever loved.

With both Vie and Carter working to find out what is going on in their respective worlds and defeat Lucian, will they ever be able to find their way back to each other.

My Review:

What an awesome sequel to Descended. Miller picks up this story right where the prequel left off and really filled in some of the holes left from the original while spinning an awesome tale for us to read.

I love how the author works Native American rituals and customs right into the story. It may not be super detailed, but the details present are accurate. It adds a brilliant undercurrent to the main story. Miller also seamlessly ties two belief systems together to create a cohesive whole. It’s very interesting to see the similarities when brought together in this manner.

Miller’s smooth, flowing writing style allows her readers to immerse themselves in the storyline. Her writing style also changes minutely to match the tone of the story, evoking emotions and reactions in the reader. It combines to create a very unique ride for a varied audience.

The characters in this novel are an interesting mix of divine and human. No one is infallible, even if their biggest fault is not accepting anything less than perfect in those around them. The main characters are also quite well developed as individuals. Miller took the characters from the first novel and continued to make them even more well-rounded. You cannot help but love them. They are also such diverse individuals that everyone can relate to at least some of them.

This fast paced and entertaining novel kept me guessing and wondering throughout. I was impressed throughout and can’t wait to catch up with these characters again.

Buy your copy online here today!

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