Immortal Surrender [The Curse of the Templars, #2] by Claire Ashgrove

Legendary knights, angels, demons, and fated romance.

Immortal Surrender [The Curse of the Templars, #2] by Claire Ashgrove
Tor | Mass market Paperback, 448 pages

I tend to stay away from covers like this. Heaving bosoms, long flowing locks…and those are just the men for starters. Heh. At least this one is not your typical historical fiction where women wore gowns that couldn’t hold their bosoms in. And in any case, this is not really a historical romance but the cover is one that makes me want to read the book in hiding. Best left read in the privacy of your homes.

Anyway. This book was sent to me for review by the awesome people of Tor but not the first book. So I really have no other back stories as to how it all began. For the most part, I thought it was easy enough to follow but when the story starts to go deeper into the legend of the knights, it got a bit confusing for me.

For example, and this may be a general knowledge but not to me, how were the knights chosen? How many are there? I obsessed about it through the majority of the book because I’d like to know exactly how many of them could go dark. I love that the knights are sort of in a no-win situation. They have to kill Azazel’s demons but for every demon that they kill, the evil that lives within gets absorbed into their souls. In the end, some of the knights will turn dark if they don’t find their fated soulmates in time. Which brings me to another perplexing part of the book: I didn’t understand why Faran was resisting his salvation – resisting Noelle – when he knew she could save him, make him stronger and heal him. The romance was frustrating to say the least. Noelle planned and planned…and planned to get away from Faran and his merrymen but she never got anywhere. It became quite tiresome to watch these two resist what was between them.

The language was a bit daunting for me. Because Faran is an immortal who comes from an old world, he speaks like a true ancient. I found myself translating the dialogues because I wasn’t a fan; but kudos to the author for keeping it real. There’s a lot you could learn from this book but if you’re a non-believer of the Faith, you might find yourself at an odds with it. I know the author tried not to implicate which religion but it kind of goes without saying. Anyway, I wasn’t put off. I was focused on the story and not so much on what was going on in the background.

I think for someone who’s had enough of the same old breed of hot men in PNR, the knights would be a nice change of pace.

My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars