Book Review: Immortal Trust by: Claire Ashgrove

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: March 26, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Synopsis: When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demons she's confronted since childhood. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.

For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. Now, as Azazel's darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.

With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord's creations. He must learn to believe his heart.

Review: Chloe Broussard has long been afraid of the dark and the denizens who lurk there. She can feel the presence of demons ever since a dig in Egypt brought her to a mysterious carving. When she looked upon the carving, it brought her to the attention of Azazel. Now Chloe has been given the lead position on a dig in France where she, along with her crew and her brother, will make a fascinating discovery – The Veil of Veronica. The Veil of Veronica is said to be the cloth with which Saint Veronica wiped the blood and sweat off Jesus’ face and in doing so, an imprint of his image appeared. This holy relic is needed by the Templars, so they may keep it from Azazel. Azazel wants it more than anything so he can read the language of the angels. Lucan is the immortal Templar Knight who comes to assist her in the discovery and, of course, protect the artifact. Yet Chloe is also Lucan’s seraph – the only one who is able to heal his darkened soul. Trust is the one thing both Chloe and Lucan have trouble with and it’s going to take their belief in one another to have a chance of preserving the balance.

‘Immortal Trust’ is the third book in the “Curse of the Templars” series by Ms. Ashgrove. By this book, I was hoping we’d have some more movement on the demon butt-kicking front. Yet for every step forward, it appears the Templars are forced to take two steps back. I sincerely hope the rest of the series isn’t just “Templar meet seraph, Templar and seraph have issues/miscommunications/fights, seraph is convinced to take oaths, Happily Ever After”. Don’t get me wrong, I like this series, but it’s already seems formulaic and I’d like to see more action along with the romance. I was very much surprised at the end of the book by Chloe’s actions (I don’t want to spoil it), because her reaction seemed very much out of character for her. I think this series has great potential, so we’ll see what the next book brings…

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


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