Title: Ascension (Dark Breeds #1)Author: Sable Grace
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 2011
Format: Ebook - EPUB
Genre: Urban FantasySource: ARC from NetGalley
The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.
Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.
She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both.... (Goodreads Synopsis)
This first book in an intended series sets the scene well. The action begins quickly, without too much tedious exposition. The world is extremely well woven with the ancient Greek gods blending perfectly into an otherwise Urban Fantasy setting. I wasn’t sure how well this idea would play out at first, but by the time I was a few chapters in I was convinced and deeply engrossed in the story.
The pacing is excellently balanced, the sense of anticipation maintained even in the lulls between the action scenes. The characters are well realised: Kyana is a feisty and compelling heroine while Ryker manages to avoid becoming a dull stereotype. The plot idea came across as fresh and original and maintained my interest throughout. The prose was easy going and full of good descriptive passages.
This was a page-turner from start to finish and I was very unhappy when I reached the last page and realised I would have to wait for the next instalment to continue the story. This will definitely be a series I will follow and I recommend the book to any Urban Fantasy fans.