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It is a great set-up. Unfortunately, the rest of the novel didn't fulfill it's potential for me. The main characters of Garret, Seth, and the two they pick up along the way, Ashton and Sarah, felt a little flat as characters, and I wished the author had more of their backst The Prologue was gorgeous.

The main characters of Garret, Seth, and the two they pick up along the way, Ashton and Sarah, felt a little flat as characters, and I wished the author had more of their backstories revealed in conversation while they journeyed to Valadore instead of giving details about the pace of their walk, or how they did not feel the need to talk. The journey to The Choosing is a large part of the novel, and largely unexciting.

What excitement there was - a fight with a Goblin, and the fight for Sarah, was good and I think it would have helped the story for the companions to have experienced a little more danger. The romance between Sarah and Seth was very heavy-handed and repetitive, with little time given for it to actually develop. The actual Choosing ceremony was a more exciting event, but surprisingly short, and with very little actual ceremony. I think the ideas in this book are solid, but a little more fleshing out of the mythology of this world would have helped the story.

The premise was captivating and everything was ok until the romantic interest of the main is introduced. After that everything goes downhill. Dialogs feel forced and dull. There are lots of unnecessary dialogs and events which do not contribute to the story at all. You can cut down the number of pages to half and you can still follow the story. The romance feels very forced and artificial without any depth at all. I felt like strangling both of them when I was reading those cheesy lines and feel The premise was captivating and everything was ok until the romantic interest of the main is introduced.

I felt like strangling both of them when I was reading those cheesy lines and feelings. Every time I read those lines, I felt like dropping this book but kept going in hopes for a good development which never came throughout the book. And I gotta say I have never ever seen such a good job of butchering a potentially good beginning. Congratulations are in order for such a good job. I am not much of a reviewer as I am the "tag them and bag them" type but killing such a potential in such a spectacular fashion motivated me beyond I can manage inside, so I write this review.

Another thing is; there is no acceptable conclusion in this book. Laszlo clearly wants me to pick up the second book. I am sorry but I cannot handle more of those two moronic mains. Seth was OK overall if I subtract the Sara element from the equation but it ain't happening. The only reason this was not 1 star was because of the promising start. For full disclosure I was given a copy of this book for free by the author in order to entice me to write a review. I hope my honesty doesn't bite him in the ass.

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Frankly it's a story been done and done again, with a writing style that one can pick up almost anywhere and reminds me of what I used to write myself as a teenager. All of that being said, the story does get you involved and keeps you reading, because while it's a story that's been done before, it's still a good story. The characters are fun, even mostly human at times and their quest is much much bigger than they believe. Add in one of the best mythologies I've read in a long time and there exists here some really great potential. I'm not busting at the scenes to read the rest of the story but I want to and there aren't too many writers out there these days that can get me to do that.

This is classic fantasy, two brothers, twins, Seth and Garret leave their small village on a quest to the great city of Valdadore to enter The Choosing, where they will find out what role they will play in protecting the King and the Kingdom. The first half of the book, mainly focuses on the journey and is a little bit dull in places, but the second half gets more interesting and The choosing itself is very entertaining. The world of Thurr that Laszlo has created seems very interesting and i'm su This is classic fantasy, two brothers, twins, Seth and Garret leave their small village on a quest to the great city of Valdadore to enter The Choosing, where they will find out what role they will play in protecting the King and the Kingdom.

The world of Thurr that Laszlo has created seems very interesting and i'm sure we will find more out about it in the second and third books.

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The one criticism I have of this book is too many pages of descriptions of Seth and Sara's love making, a few sentences would have been enough but it just seemed to go on far too long and I found myself hitting the next page button a few times to get it over with! To sum up a great easy to read fantasy novel with likeable characters and an interesting world setting. I look forward to reading book two. Interesting story line development and characters.

Action started slow but, typical of a story that is in the development stage. Interaction between the characters is appropriate for the period and the ages of the characters. Several possibilities exist for future plot development with much potential. Also curious about why Sirus and his wife Sasha took such an active interest in the travelers.

I've bought into the story and will be buying the follow on book to see where the story goes from here. I loved the prologue and the story of the way the gods created their world. The author did an excellent job of introducing us to the twins and showing us the world where they grew up. I found the romance between Seth and Sara a little irritating, and the head hopping that goes on in the book became a little confusing in certain areas. Overall, I did enjoy the book, the world created and the journey the characters t 3. Overall, I did enjoy the book, the world created and the journey the characters took me on.

This is definitely a good fit for the YA crowd. This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review. Jeremy Laszlo's first book in his series was a great read. Laszlo combines good quality heroic fantasy with a very modern humour in a story of two brothers travelling to a recruitment festival for the military.

Along the way they meet new companions and become involved in serious violence. My particular enjoyment in the book came from the magic system and the details about gods and followers. The detail is superb, although in places especially in descriptions of food it can get distracting. Tha Jeremy Laszlo's first book in his series was a great read.

That is a minor point in a very assured debut. The Choosing is an engrossing story that will hold your attention from beginning to end. Jeremey Laszlo demonstrates his talent for painting vivid details as he writes his fantastic tale. The elements of adventure, romance, and humor weave together to deliver an engaging story. This is a fast-paced story with twists and turns that will hold your attention from beginning to end.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. This was a very refreshing read for me. I had no idea what to expect when I got it and was blown away by how much it pulled me in. As soon as I finished this one I had to go on and get the second one. The story is very well told and you cannot help but find yourself drawn to all the characters. Feb 04, Louise rated it it was ok. This was an interesting enough story, but didn't really get moving until I was more than half way there. The writing of dialogue, especially that between the 'lovers' was amateurish and quite stilted.

I received a free copy of The Choosing from Mr. Laszio in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to say what I have to say, because I know how much work authors put into their babies. But, for me, The Choosing is simply not on par with what I expect from a fantasy novel. It feels like a story that cannot decide whether it wants to be action adventure, romance, or light erotica.

Yes, a story is told, but it is a stumbling tale that seems to search for itself through the pages an Full disclosure: Yes, a story is told, but it is a stumbling tale that seems to search for itself through the pages and never succeeds in finding itself. The negatives for me were many. The characters felt wooden. Their dialogue and interactions seemed contrived. There was a lot of talking while walking or sitting. That talking seemed to revolve around things unimportant to the story.

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Scenes like Sara's shopping expedition seemed wholly out of place and the entire pace of the story seemed to lurch along. Back story was, in my opinion, forced. The omniscient POV seemed clumsily handled. Sometimes scene breaks were used. Other times it just flipped and flopped i. The biggest determent to the story was the hard to believe "love at first sight", "head over heels" romance between Seth and Sarah.

It felt like both characters simultaneously failed their charisma rolls against one another. That so much of the story centered around this romance, once it was introduced, only made the situation worse. Then came the nauseating sexual tension. As for positives, there were some, lest you think I hated every minute of this book. First, was the prologue. In fact, I was actually quite interested in what was going on in the prologue. The problem is that the story hinted at in the prologue is not delivered in The Choosing.

It might come in later books, but it is not in this story. Second was the scene with Seth discovering, I guess you would call it, his destiny once in Voldadore. There were the same problems that plagued the rest of the story, but it was a very interesting scene once he actually got to the temple that is. The whole "window shopping" for a god to whorship concept was a bit much though.

Lastly was the Choosing Ceremony itself. For me, although the scene is so short compared to the laborious journey to get there, it was well enough done to warrant a boost in the ratings. Honestly, it seems like the author spent a great deal of effort on this scene. I wish the rest of the book had had been given the same amount of effort.

There may be some out there who will enjoy this story. But it is definately not for those with discriminating tastes in fantaasy. To each their own. As I said before, The Choosing is simply not on par with what I expect from a fantasy novel. It certainly isn't "The Hunger Games", or "Twilight", or anything else I have seen people compared it to. I would say that The Choosing earns two of five stars. I think I was suckered by all the good reviews over on Amazon. The plot was derivative, but that's never stopped me from liking a story before. And it had potential.

I'll point out the biggest flaws so you can decide whether they're deal-breakers. The author doesn't tell the story from one point of view or another. He doesn't alternate between several people, either. I read I think I was suckered by all the good reviews over on Amazon. I read fantasy so I can immerse myself in a tale, and the writing style prevents that utterly. Similarly, the characters' emotions are They all seem to do a lot of nodding happily and glaring angrily and frowning worriedly. The plot is unrealistic.

Even for a fantasy! And then said hooker is going to run off with her heroes with no clothes or money It's as treacley as a teenager's daydream. Or how about a young man who finds out his TWIN isn't even related to him? Should we really believe that he's going to burst into heartbroken sobbing believing it instantly, of course and then forget all about it two pages later? The author isn't great at grammar or punctuation. I started out willing to overlook the poor word usage and the missing commas, but when he started to end declarative sentences with question marks, I gave up. I should not have to explain that to an author!

I'll give this book 2 stars because I got it for free and because there's potential there. The general idea was an interesting one. I enjoyed this book. The author is indeed talented and shows potential to pull even better creations from his mind and lay them out for us to read. I finished this book quickly, wanting to see the end! Add both to Cart Add both to List.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The blame lands partial on Kathryn Smith's shoulders, as her Brotherhood of Blood series is one of those responsible for my return. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed Marika so much more, actually, for although the series is set just before the turn of the 19th century, Marika is a woman far ahead of her time.

She's a dhampyr - half human, half vampire - and on a mission to hunt vampires and track down the murderous monster responsible for her mother's death, the elusive Saint. The job offer to track and catch his longtime friend and brother in blood, Bishop, comes at a fortuitous time, and she takes the job As Bishop is more than reluctant to betray a friend, she'll do whatever necessary to A vicious murdering monster. That question starts to torment her as a lifetime of prejudice smacks up against six centuries of strength and honor, and Bishop starts to get under her skin before worming his way into his heart.

Unfortunately, when you're blind to the prejudice of monsters in vampire form, you miss the machinations of monsters far more humanly cloaked. Marika and Bishop become hunted by the very people who originally hired her, and the conspiracy goes far deeper and is far more wide spread than either are aware. It'll take both of them - their strength and intelligence - just to keep themselves alive.

Night of the Huntress is cleverly plotted and after a bit of a slow start, where Marika's clinging to prejudice and spouting groundless vitriol started to wear on me, it really took off nicely. The development of the relationship between Bishop and Marika was well done and the depth of each character surprisingly nuanced and realistic. There's a wealth of subtly spectacular world building in this series, because not only does the author have to write a convincing paranormal romance, but she has to blend in realistic historical cultural issues relevant to the time to really make the plot work - and she does so quite deftly.

The deepening conspiracy and danger of the group out to bring down the Brotherhood of Blood is also well told, and manages to threaten and entice without overwhelming the romantic aspects. This book and this series will be a huge hit for fans of historical and paranormal romance genres and even for those NOT so fond of historical romances Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.

I absolutely love this series. This is the second of five in this series. This book is about Bishop and Marika. Marika is a vampire huntress with supernatural speed and strength, making her deadly at her job. Bishop has returned to his old home to help a friend who's brother has gone missing. I had not read the other books in the Brotherhood of Blood Series but this book was not effected and could be a stand alone. Jason is the strong Alpha of the local pack who has joined forces with the Vampires in the area.

Carly is Sally's best friend. Carly is mated to a Vampire and Sally thinks she is human. As the story unfolds she discovers she has a touch of Werewolf blood, but even more forest magic. Sally discovers a relative she didn't know existed and hears about more relatives she wants I had not read the other books in the Brotherhood of Blood Series but this book was not effected and could be a stand alone.

Sally discovers a relative she didn't know existed and hears about more relatives she wants to find. An instant attraction to Jason grows quickly and passionately into erotic, loving and respectful partnership and mating. Both characters are developed to the point of really liking each of them. Although Jason is Alpha through and through he is able to see Sally as a partner not an inferior.


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Plot, passion and people all well done. May 15, Crystal Guidroz rated it it was amazing. I am so excited this series has continued and I hope Mrs. D'Arc keeps it going. This time we are treated to the last of the "four" Sally. Her story starts with a visit to Carly and changes her life forever. I loved Sally's character as she was a strong female detective from California with a take no bull attitude. The chemistry between these two was on from the star I am so excited this series has continued and I hope Mrs.

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The chemistry between these two was on from the start and only gets better. There is of course a HEA, but the ending leaves room for at least one more if not several more books to be added to the series. I hope we don't have to wait too long! May 09, Lisa M rated it really liked it Shelves: Sally, a police detective from San Francisco, visits her friend Carly in Wyoming only to find out that Carly is now a vampire.

And her neighbor is Jason, the alpha of a wolf pack. Jason recognizes Sally as his mate right away, but what neither of them realizes is that there is more to Sally than there appears to be. When hunters start taking shots at the youth of the pack, Sally's abilities--both mundane and unique--come to the forefront.

There was a lot of action to this book, and not as much er Sally, a police detective from San Francisco, visits her friend Carly in Wyoming only to find out that Carly is now a vampire. There was a lot of action to this book, and not as much eroticism as I expected. In fact, one of the erotic scenes seemed to stick out like a sore thumb.

I'm not even sure what its purpose was--to introduce a character, maybe? Was it a gratuitous smex scene? In any case, Sally was a kick-butt heroine and Jason was a sexy alpha. I look forward to the next book in the series. Aug 05, Dani rated it it was ok. I had so desperately wanted to like this book. I had read a sample and thought it had potential to be a great book, but towards the end it became unbearably unbelievable. This is the first book in reading by this author and also the first book I'm reading of the series so I might be missing some things.

The one things that put me off about the book was the time frame. Sally was going to stay for two weeks but the story all took place in three days and this is including steamy and action scenes. By the end of the fourth day they were mated and living comfortably. That is some summer lovin right there. The author had some really great ideas but she couldn't quite get it out on paper to keep me interested. May 30, Rosebud rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the new to me author book. I haven't read any of the previous books in this series and only came across this one upon the recommendation of a group I belong to.

Loved the book and will definitely read the other books in this series. There were a couple parts that I were disappointed in but that's my personal opinion. Others will have a different view. When Jason and Sally first meet. I felt like he was a puppy dog instead of an alpha.

Other parts would be p This is the new to me author book. Other parts would be potential spoilers so I'm not saying anymore. Not sure if I like the direction the series is apparently going in after this book after reading the end but will reserve judgement because I haven't read the other books and this may be a false perception. Dec 28, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed this sixth book of the Brotherhood of Blood series.

Sally, never quite fitting in uses her differences to take charge and help others. A detective in San Francisco, Sally suffers from burn out and is taking a much needed vacation to visit Carly whom she hasn't seen since Carly's wedding. Then things get interesting. Big, powerful, dominant, and all hers; Jason took one sniff and needed to rock her world.

Add in villains, teamwork, and long lost relatives; mix it I really enjoyed this sixth book of the Brotherhood of Blood series.


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  5. Add in villains, teamwork, and long lost relatives; mix it all up and forget the world until you reach the final word. If you haven't read the rest, start at the beginning and read them in order for the best experience. Apr 17, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked the interesting heroine who is not a wilting flower or damsel in distress. She's a cop and gets over the 'omg! I didn't get that much into Jason the hero individually but put him with Sally, he was a sweetie.

    Nothing too special but I enjoyed this book, especially for a paranormal. Great for a light read with nothing to depressing or tortuously sad. Apr 27, The BookChick rated it liked it Shelves: I've read all the books in the Brotherhood of Blood series and this one was one of my list favorites, as was Lords of the Were. It's something about the wolf books that I just don't connect with well. The story meandered along but it just didn't grab me. However, it's good to have Ms.

    D'Arc back writing again. I enjoyed this novel. Jan 24, Caroline rated it it was amazing. Loved the chemistry between Sally and Jason. This was a great story in so many ways and I look forward to seeing how this line of the story mingles into the fabric of the main storyline and then how it will end. I wonder who all the dryad descendants will turn out to be and what all they will bring to the magical table.

    Mar 31, E. Reders rated it really liked it. Another great tie in to the world of Lords of Were. May 17, Ladonna Alexander rated it really liked it. I had a hard time getting into the story at first but it rounded it self out very nicely. I loved the story line. It was different than other shifter books. Both the leads was well done.

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    I enjoyed reading it. Jun 21, C. Loved the story involving earth elements, bloodletters and werewolves. Sally was a good strong character and her and Jason's relationship was lovely to watch grow.