This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting
Series: The Angel Knights #1
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters-half human and half angel-disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it-a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars' cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.
(Note: it is highly recommended that you read the prequel - "The Angel Knights" - first. This can be read as stand-alone novel.)
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The Chosen Knights is the first full book in The Angel Knights series but there is a novella, called The Angel Knights, that is highly suggested to be read first. It gives some background information into the parents of the main characters in The Chosen Knights as well as some historical information pertaining to the series itself. It is a short novella, only forty-four pages in length, so it can be read very quickly. This story is told from the perspective of Lucia and her voice is typical of a young adult.
In The Chosen Knights, Zachary and Lucia seem like ordinary teens who just moved to Hawaii to live with their uncle Davin. When in reality Zach and Lucia are not even human. Zach and Lucia had predominately archangel blood with the wings to prove it. Although while on earth they were disguised as humans and had to keep their wings hidden. This had not been their first trip to Earth but it was the first time they were going to be living with humans for a specific period of time.
Lucia and Zach have spent a majority of their life living in Crossroads, a place that is between Heaven and Earth training as Venators, demon hunters. Most recently they had made an excursion to New York City where they battled demons and now they have been sent to Hawaii to investigate why a high number of teens have gone missing from Hilo High School and why there is a strong pulse of supernatural power emanating from that high school. Lucia and Zach figured that this would be an easy task, all they had to do was do some undercover work posing as students and they’d soon find a solution to the problem.
It was much easier said than done as they quickly figured out that high school was more than they expected with all the social posturing, innuendos, and cattiness that comes with attending school. This was quite troublesome for the Venators because human emotions and nuances were not something that they were accustomed to. Not only were the emotions a hard thing to grasp, it quickly came to Lucia’s attention that there might be more paranormal creatures in attendance at the school than they knew about. Soon Lucia, Zach, and several unlikely allies find themselves stumbling onto a mystery that has its roots in the past with a present that is being threatened by an evil demon lord.
If you were a fan of Twilight you will enjoy reading The Chosen Knights. Lucia may be foreign to human emotions but she quickly discovers more than friendly feelings with a boy named Eli, a boy who, like herself, is more than he appears to be. There is also a Romeo-Juliet type of vibe between them that is reminiscent of Twilight. In addition to a budding romance there are also a lot of paranormal creatures which is pretty cool plus an overarching theme that revolves around angels versus demons There was plenty of action to be had in this story as well as some good lessons for Lucia that helped her develop as a character. Overall, I enjoyed reading The Chosen Knights and although the story was a bit of a rollercoaster it was a fun ride!
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