This is one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time. It's part thriller and adventure and part history lesson (the history is so well done that it is woven into the story seemlessly without interrupting the suspense). It takes place in present time and includes a magical sword.
This book was so good that it earned permanent keeper status on my bookshelf. Now I want to read the entire series. I highly recommend it.
Wow. Surprisingly good book.
It's action/adventure with a little supernatural thrown in. The main character Annja Creed is, to me, a Lara Croft clone. So much so that at one point in the book she actually tells someone she's not a videogame heroine.
Now, to be fair and tell about some of the "down points", if you can call it that - Annja is one of those characters that can do just about anything - like Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler novels.
She's an archeologist in her mid to late 20's, beautiful, can speak multiple languages and read even more, can rock climb without using any equipment, knows martial arts - and apparently has a supernatural secret that we don't fully get explained in the this the first book of an apparently on-going series.
That stuff can be a negative in some instances - but it makes for a great exciting adventure here.
Readers who enjoy their literary escapism fast and furious should definitely check out Annja Creed, whom Victor Milan
calls "a major babe and a major ass-kicker." Annja embarks on a relentless chases to stop humanity's most unfathomable
secrets from reshaping the modern world.
Hidden in the secrets of antiquity, lies the unimagined truth. A-long lost sword. A willing heroine. For those that
want a little something MORE. . .in this day and age we want to beleive there is MORE. . .to believe in.
I WILL read the rest of the series. Glad each is a separate an individual story so you do not have to read them in order.
Annja Creed is not some wannabe video game heroine model! At least that's what she tells us in the beginning of this roaring adventure. But the reader will have a hard time separating her from that other female treasure hunter. I think she is secretly the daughter of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones :o)
I really enjoyed this adventure, and found it almost impossible to tear myself away when other duties (like eating and sleeping) demanded attention. I think you will like it too :o)
This is the first in this series and I really enjoyed it! I will read the others as well. I love the lead character, Annja Creed. She is a strong female with a magical sword that used to belong to Joan of Arc! Good plot. A good read!
First book in a series. A Lara Croft meets Sara Pazinni (Witchblade, the TV series on cable) kind of character. Long on adventure, character build up will continue with the next book in the series, but well done beginning.
wow ! this book started off fast and kept going all the way. Enjoyed the ride. characters are believeable and also likeable. have ordered others in the series, it was that good. Differet from what I usually like but the author caught & kept my attention. Story about the sword that joan of ark used and died with as she burned on the stake, and the magic still left with the sword and the woman archeologist who now carries it.
Orphan Annja Creed has no idea who her parents are so when destiny drops Joan of Arc's sword into her hands, she's very interested in where she came from. To support her archeology "hobby", Annja investigates strange happenings for a television show. During one such investigation, the Beast of Gevaudan - supposedly a werewolf - she incurs the wrath of French gangster Corvin Lesauvage. The ensuing high-jinxes are rather dangerous for Annja but entertaining for the reader. I enjoyed Annja's adventures and because she made as many enemies as allies, her further endeavors should be very interesting.
In reading any action book where the lead is female, you have to suspend your beliefs. Come on is it really possible for a female (trained or not) to take on multiple assassins and win? Gimme a break but it makes for good reading. I read these books strictly for entertainment purposes. I particularly liked the 80 year old ninja nun.
This fun novel grabs your attention right from the start, and holds it tight until the end. It features a strong heroine who kicks ass. Good first book in a series, with lots of room to grow and expand the story. A bit unbelievable, but fun escapism literature.