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- More About Knight Awakened by Coreene CallahanOverviewWarlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down? Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job? High priestess Afina Lazar is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. When Barbu's hired killer finds her, she knows her only chance of stopping the warlord's rise to power is to convince this enigmatic ? and handsome ? hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead. Together, they will undertake a dramatic adventure through a magical world where love and redemption come at a terrible price.
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Callahan (the Dragonfury series) opens a seven-book series with a prophesy that “out of the ashes seven warriors shall rise.” In 1331 Transylvania, the evil Vladimir Barbu hires ex-assassin Xavian Ramir to get rid of Afina Lazar, protector of the Amulet of Orm. The amulet is part of an ancient ritual that would crown Barbu the Lord of Transylvania. Xavian needs Barbu’s money to support his mountain holding, where he protects those who escape servitude, as he did when he could no longer stomach conscription into the Al Pacii death squadron. However, after seeing Afina’s courageousness in battle and her protectiveness as a mother, Xavian decides to “liberate” her as well. Their intimacy awakens Afina’s magic and their link allows them to fight the darkness slowly killing the land. Callahan deftly weaves a fresh tale of good versus evil, gathering a unique fighting force, including some were-dragons, that will keep fans eager for the upcoming sequels. (Dec.)