Knight Avenged (Circle of Seven, #2) by Coreene Callahan

Knight Avenged (Circle of Seven, #2) by Coreene CallahanSeries: Circle of Seven #2
on 2014-07-15
Pages: 404
AmazonNarrator: Heather Wilds
Alone in a world on the brink of war...two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time. Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. But just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill... Drawn by a destiny he won't accept, elite assassin Henrik Lazar detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. But when the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them. Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Forced into an untenable position, Henrik is left with a terrible choice--protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.
three-half-stars
In Book 2, Coreene Callahan continues the story with another loyal servant of the goddess, Cosmina Cordei fleeing from Halal. She runs into Henrik Lazar, who rescues the injured Cosmina. Together they journey to the white castle, but just like in Book 1, running for your life has a way of creating a bond and increasing attraction. The writing was very similar to the prior book in that the action is slow building and the writing rather wordy. I would like this story more if the author shaved off 50-75 pages.

The characters were really likeable. Cosmina and Henrik were hot together. They were both focused on their mission and they were not looking for love. I like that Cosmina was no simpering maiden and Henrik was no alpha male. He was protective but he wasn’t overbearing. It took a long time for them to give into their feelings, which made the first half of the book pretty slow for me. The story progressed at a much faster pace in the second half and I was much more engaged as Cosmina and Henrik gave in to their feelings, and the dragons got more involved. If you like your PNR with more of a fantasy storyline, then this series will enjoyable to you.

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