Dawn of a Dark Knight by Zoe Forward
In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.
An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.
Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.
She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm's length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision--follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.
So, when a person picks up a book and realizes that the book has to do with supernatural beings and giant men who kick Daemon butt, you expect it to be a thriller, yes, but you also seem to think, "Hey, this is going to be about teens." You expect it to be a Young Adult novel. Am I right or am I right? Normally, when it comes to books, I am. But, back to the review. This is a book about supernatural beings, yes, but it has none of that teen-romance theme that seems to be a big hit with teens nowadays. There is only so much we teens can take when it comes to supernatural creatures. No offense when it comes to vampires and werewolves, but every so often, a new creature would be interesting to read about. And Dawn of a Dark Knight gives readers that refreshment so many crave, be they teen or adult.
On the romance level, this book is similar to any other romance book that one might pick up. The guy does not want to be with the girl because he does not feel as though he is good enough, or because it's against the rules of a Higher Power. What makes this book different, though, is that it doesn't come from the naive perspective of a teenage girl who wants to be with the bad-boy vampire/werewolf. Instead, it is from the perspective of a woman who knows what she wants, and also from a guy who know what he wants. That is one theme that caught my eye and I enjoyed.
"Down," Ashor commanded. He dodged the firing muzzle and grabbed Kira forward to avoid the bullet's path. The bullet left clean holes in the side windows and a spiderweb of cracked glass.
"Persistent bastards," Ashor grumbled as he jammed the SUV into gear and rammed the car next to them before peeling away. Just as they hit the road, Ashor's new cell phone squealed in a high-pitched, synthetic, musical noise.
"You okay?" he asked, ignoring the phone. To clear his side view, Ashor thrust his elbow through the spiderweb of cracked safety glass. Glass cubes showered everywhere.
He wiped his body free of debris.
"I'm fine," she replied.
She whip-lashed into the seat as the SUV was rammed forward. Ashor tapped the brakes. The cars crashed together again, slamming them forward and then forcefully back in their seats.
"Can't you do a spell or something to protect this car or make his explode?" Kira asked.
"Aren't you a magnus, which implies magician or sorcerer? You guys are supposed to do magic spells."
"The spells were lost." His phone rang again.
"Lost? What kind of moronic organization loses the spells!"