Monday, October 24, 2011

Giveaway of the Key of Solomon: Relic Defender, #1 by Cassiel Knight

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Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Published: 3/01/2011

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Rating:  Adkin’s Entrée (meaty)


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Life and humanity had not been kind to Lexi. After her parents deaths, she had been shuffled through the foster care system leaving scars on her young psyche. She is within a gnat’s hair of receiving her PhD in archeology when life takes another swipe at her. It seems that Lexi is next in line to be a Defender. A hereditary position handed down through her father’s line. The Defender is the keeper of the Key or the Book of Solomon. This ancient relic was devised by King Solomon himself, used to imprison the spirits of 72 powerful demons. If the seal on the vessel is ever unlocked, Armageddon is soon to follow.  Mikos is the Fallen sent by the Archangel Michael to train the new Defender. A former general in Lucifer's army, Mikos is seeking redemption and a way back to Heaven. He can afford no mistakes, and that means any affectionate feelings he may have for Lexi must be ignored totally.

  I really liked this book, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting. It had a very Urban Fantasy feel to it. Very dark and gritty. Lexi is very bitter about her life and humanity in general. She has isolated herself to the point of almost being a hermit. She always expects and prepares for the worst, which has made her incredibly strong, independent and resilient, not to mention a tad bit suicidal. She has a habit of risking her life at the drop of a hat. To say she has abandonment issues would be a GROSS understatement. There was a bit of whimsy to lighten the darkness in the form of Mikos' sidekick, Rocky. Rocky is a small imp who fancies himself as a 1920's style mobster. Mikos was harder to get a handle on. We know why he fell and that he's seeking redemption, but he remained a bit mysterious for me. He was a very serious fellow, not a lot of one liners coming from Mikos. There are a plethora of angels and demons duking it out for the Defender, and it made for a very intense and compelling read.

   The romance in the story was a secondary thread, not a major impact until the end of the book. The main emphasis was on the story of an attempt to take over Hell and the control of humanity. The story was extremely well researched and beautifully written. Cassiel Knight did a magnificent job of pulling the reader into the myriad of settings in which the story took place and conveying the urgency and desperation of the characters involved. I see a great future for Ms. Knight's characters, and I am really looking forward to Mari and Jackson's story. It promises to be a awesome read.



Cassiel Knight is generally offering up an e-book copy of her book Key of Solomon. In order to enter for the giveaway just leave a comment on the post about how you would react to being responsible for the fate of all mankind. Contest is open internationally.


Laurie-J said...

I think it would really blow. That ind of responsibility would be awful to be burdened with.
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Jaidis said...

I'm not entering the giveaway but I think that having that kind of responsibility would take its toll on a person. Ultimately sacrifices would be made in order to do the right thing and that is never an easy choice.

Thanks for sharing your review!

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed reading the review; it was really good.

I look forward in reading Key of Solomon.

Tracey D
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Arianne said...

I would NOT want to be responsible for the fate of mankind. that's too scary a thought.
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Tore923 said...

Being responsible for the fate of mankind is a heavy burden which I would not want. Please enter me in contest.

Anne said...

After I was able to make sounds again, I'd just go "Are you crazy?!?"

I'd try to suck it up and do what needed to be done, but it wouldn't look good for mankind.

Anonymous said...

Hi all! I loved your comments. You all had the exact same reaction that Lexi had to finding out she had a destiny. Especially Anne's. Lexi did think Mikos was crazy the first time she met him. Poor Mikos! Thanks for commenting and good luck!

Proserpine said...

I wouldn't want to have this kind of responsabilities on my shoulders.... I think that I would crumbled to the floor and cry! LOL Well maybe if there is a handsome Angel who can help me carry this burden....!!!! I like your review and thanks for the giveaway!


Denise Z said...

I think it would be absolutely horrible to be responsible for the fate of all mankind. However, if that was my destiny I would hope that I would have the wisdom, strength, and gumption to get the job done LOL Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


Mary @SweepingMe said...

I would probably fail. But darn it if I didn't try my best. All mankind is a big responsibility!

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