Review: Marked (Eternal Guardians, #1) by Elisabeth Naughton

Review: Marked (Eternal Guardians, #1) by Elisabeth NaughtonSeries: Eternal Guardians #1
on April 23rd, 2010
Pages: 321 pages
AmazonNarrator: Elizabeth Wiley
THERON - Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He's the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn't exist in real life--silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron's duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendant of Hercules, he wasn't strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
three-half-stars

Acacia “Casey” Simopolous was working at a strip club to pay down the mountain of hospital bills that resulted from her grandmother’s bout with cancer. In fact, she was a waitress at night and during the day she managed the bookstore she inherited from her grandmother.
One evening, Casey rescued an man who was hurt outside the club, and thus began her introduction to Theron, an Argonaut and the leader of the Eternal guardians. Theron had followed his fiancée, Princess Isadora of the Argolea, to the club when he was attacked by demons. While he got Isadora to safety, he was too hurt to teleport to their realm. Casey took Theron home and nursed him to health. During an intimate moment, Theron noticed a “tattoo” on Casey’s lower back which identified her as otherworldly, but Casey was unaware of her heritage. Further investigation revealed that Casey was the human half-sister of Theron’s fiancée Isadora, and they were part of a prophecy where the two halves would reunite but the stronger would survive.
Both Casey and Isadora were weakening every day, and Theron needed to unite them so that Isadora, the Argolean princess, could survive as she was Ling Leonidas’ only heir, thus the only one who could continue the royal line.

Theron was caught between a rock and a hard place because he was engaged to marry the princess and become the new king, but he found himself in love with the half breed sister whose life was needed in order to make the princess whole again. The future of the race depended on Theron’s adherence to his duty even if he had to give up the only woman he will ever love.

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. It has great potential as a book one of the series as the writing was pretty fast paced. Constant action and an interesting mix of mythology made the novel interesting. I really liked Theron, but I liked the sister Isadora more than I liked Casey. I didn’t want Theron and Isadora together, but I liked Isadora’s inner fortitude. Both sisters obviously had the capacity for self-sacrifice and get love, so that was really cool. I never quite understood King Leonidas and his fascination with humans when he didn’t really care about humans either. I also had a hard time with “Eternal guardians” who were more human acting, eating sandwiches and wearing jeans. But there was a clear sense of duty and what was right, and the guardians strived to do their duty. How they could spend time on earth fighting demons but be clueless about Misos, half breeds, was beyond me.

I actually enjoyed Hades, who was kind of a villain, and his wife Persephone. They brought a special kind of mischief to the table and it was entertaining. I also enjoyed having a woman, Atalanta, be the villain because of the discrimination she suffered. I felt her pain, though her means of exacting retribution was too extreme. I look forward to her next plan to slaughter the Argoleans. I am hoping book 2 will fill in some more background and tell us more about Isadora’s deal with Hades and Persephone.

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