Saturday, April 17, 2010

Recent Read

Actually this isn't really a recent read. I read it some time ago now but I enjoyed it so very much that I have to share.

Abandon the Night by Joss Ware

Why this one: I really enjoyed the first two in this series and couldn't wait to read this one.

Steam Level: It was very fine with me

Blurb:

Everything they knew is gone.

From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope ... but they cannot survive this dark, ravaged world alone...

Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent only wants one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new "gift," he embarks on a deadly mission to find the the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty...

Zoe Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoe and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night ... if they want to stay alive.


My Thoughts: When this one started there has already been a connection between Quent and Zoe. They shared some steamy moments in the previous books. To be honest, I wasn't sure how I would feel about Quent and his own book. In the earlier ones, he struck me as being rather snotty, British playboy type but from the very beginning prologue we get a glimpse into Quent's life and it was not a happy one, so right away my slightly negative feelings for Quent were dispelled and I was on his side from that point on.

This story picks up from the previous two. Our group is gaining more and more knowledge on what happened and who caused the apocalyptic end of the world and one of the main causes was Quent's father. Quent feels great guilt that he didn't end his father's life long before his father destroyed the world and feels he must make up for that now.

Helping him with this mission is Zoe Kapoor. She is a tough as nails heroine who has her own plans of revenge against the man who was responsible for killing her entire family. She is a loner who doesn't let anyone into her life, with the exception, occasionally of Quent. But Quent isn't happy with just the occasional.


Both these characters are great. They are both loners at heart who are not really complete without the other. I know it's been overused to the point some reader roll their eyes, but Zoe really is a wonderfully kick ass heroine. She's strong and she does what needs to be done in the post-apocalyptic world. And though she doesn't really need or want it, Quent is wonderfully protective of her.

This is another incredible book in this world that has me hooked. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series.

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

9 comments:

Leslie said...

Wonderful review Kristie! I've got this series on my list because of you. :)

Kristie (J) said...

Leslie: I hope you enjoy it :). I know it seems odd that such a far out, grim sounding series should be so enjoyable but they really are!

Queen of Romance said...

I loved your review!!!! I have heard of this author, but I haven't read anything from her, it sounds like a exciting read.

orannia said...

Great review Kristie. Still not sure about the apocalyptic setting...

Kristie (J) said...

Queen of Romance: She also writes as Colleen Gleason, though I haven't read any of her books under that name. I'm planning getting one or two NEXT WEEK as she will be at the RT convention. But as Joss Ware, this series is excellent.

Orannia: I know - I'm surprised that I'm enjoying it so much. It's not something I expected I would like - but they really are good - and they show the human spirit never dies.

Nicole Mc said...

I LOVED the Gardella series (Colleen Gleason). I think she describes it as Jane Austen meets Buffy the Vampire slayer!! :)

Nicole Mc said...

Oh, and those MUST be read in order!!

nath said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed this series :D Lucky me, the author will be at RT :D

Kristie (J) said...

Nath: And I plan on telling her how much I've enjoyed this series. Hopefully she will have some at the signing for readers to pick up!!

Nicole M: I'm hoping she will have some of the Gardella series as I have all her books published so far as Joss Ware.