Friday, April 6, 2012

Embraced of the Damned-Anya Bast

Embraced of the Damned

Anya Bast

Berkley, May 1 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425247969

In 1012 Norway, crazed warrior Broder delivered retribution to all the people residing in the enclave. Men, women and children are massacred; their blood seeping into his wounds. Now that his revenge is complete, Broder is ready to join his loved ones. However, Loki informs Broder that he will live for a long time suffering reprimand perhaps for eternity for his affront to the Gods. Before leaving the ungrateful barbarian, Loki sends a sliver into the miscreant’s heart before telling him that in one thousand years he will meet a woman he desires but cannot have.

The creature with fangs attacks Jessamine Hamilton as she heads home at night. Brotherhood of the Damned operative Broder Calderson rescues her from the Blight blood sucking creature from Hel. He wants her; recognizing she is the one that Loki told him would haunt him. She, to her shock, reciprocates his desires. As they fall in love, Broder returns to his berserker past to keep his beloved safe though he accepts he will never have her.

The first Brotherhood of the Damned romantic urban fantasy is a super thriller that brings Nordic mythology into the twenty-first century. The hero has suffered a millennium of remorse, but is not in hell until he meets Jessa. She adapts deftly, perhaps too easily, to a world of Gods, Blights, and damned warriors interfering with mortals. Readers will relish Embraced of the Damned as love seems to be one more torturous torment by the trickster God.

Harriet Klausner

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