Book Review: Immortal Hope by: Claire Ashgrove

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: January 3, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold. 

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

Review: Anne MacPherson is a highly intelligent and independent woman, a history professor specializing in the Knights Templar, who were destroyed many centuries ago…or were they? Anne also has the gift of sight, seeing both the past and fleeting glimpses of the future. When Templar Knight Merrick du Loire busts into her house convinced she’s a demon, Anne doesn’t know what to do, but she knows she’s not scared, she’s fascinated by a real, live Templar Knight. Merrick is impressed with Anne’s fortitude (more than he’d ever tell her or anyone else) and she is taken back to their headquarters where it is revealed she is a seraph, meant to bind together with one of the Knights Templar to save their soul from Azazel, the lord of evil. The remaining Knights battle for their very souls every time they go up against Azazel’s forces and given enough time, they will lose them and become the pawns in Azazel’s army. Anne holds a secret, a mark on her body which matches a mark on one of the Templars. While she knows whose mark she carries, she doesn’t dare take the sacred oath with him because her vision has shown his death once they’ve joined…or does it?

I’m personally fascinated by the Knights Templar and I enjoyed the new spin Ms. Ashgrove has put on the history and myths surrounding them. As Anne learns more, so does the reader, and you will be holding your breath to see what happens next. There is a genuine relationship between Anne and Merrick, regardless of what they profess, and it is passionate and deep, which was hot as hell!! ‘Immortal Hope’ reminded me slightly of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (if Disney had an adult version), because only Anne can tame one of the Templar Knights and make him whole again. Yet she is not interested in anyone except Merrick, mark or no mark, and she can be as stubborn as he. The sparks between them are explosive and I enjoyed all the historical and fantastical background information Ms. Ashgrove wove into the tale without it feeling like a data dump. I’m looking forward to what is in store for the Templar Knights and the seraphs who are their salvation.

The Curse of the Templars series: Immortal Hope (1), Immortal Surrender (2), Immortal Trust (3)


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