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Subject: The Immortals: The Redeeming & The Crossing
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Books 5 & 6 in the Immortal Series came out just about on top of one another.  Anyone want to discuss? I'll post the generic information here, then anyone who has read them can share comments.

The Redeeming (Immortals Book 5)

  • Publication Date: August 26, 2008
  • ISBN-10: 0505527456
  • Main Characters: Tain & Samantha

For centuries they have walked among us--vampires, shape-shifters, the Celtic Sidhe, demons, and other magical beings. Their battle to reign supreme is constant, but one force holds them in check, a race of powerful warriors known as the IMMORTALS

He is going to take her. And it won't be gentle. After all, the last 700 years of torture and captivity haven't been gentle on Tain. This woman, this half-demon who leaves him burning with desire, is pretty tough herself. She needs to be, for the world is not safe for demon-kind these days. A violent backlash has disrupted the balance of power, and now Tain finds he may have to rescue the dark ones instead of fight them. He feels compelled to protect the alluring Samantha--whether she wants him to or not--but all he can think of is seduction. Ultimately, she'll either destroy him or bring exactly what he needs most...THE REDEEMING.

The Crossing (Immortals Book 6)

  • Publication Date: September 30, 2008
  • ISBN-10: 0505527677
  • Main Characters: Mac & Artemis

For centuries they have walked among us--vampires, shape-shifters, the Celtic Sidhe, demons, and other magical beings. Their battle to reign supreme is constant, but one force holds them in check, a race of powerful warriors known as the IMMORTALS.

For Manannán mac Lir, a musician and Celtic demigod, life had become a blur of post-gig parties, expensive whisky, and cheap sex. And then the baby almost died--a baby he had sworn to protect. On the hunt for the would-be killer, Mac finds Artemis Black, a stunningly dangerous woman who's inexplicably able to intertwine life magic with death magic. For the safety of his people, he should destroy her. But the aching vulnerability in her eyes calls to him. And the raw desire she inspires has nothing to do with a spell. Their love may be forbidden, but Mac and Artemis can't go back once they've made...THE CROSSING.

Okay - I'm having fits trying to get this posting to format. It wants to post as one continuous line. I've got most of it straightened out, but that's going to have to be good enough.



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Subject: Jo's thoughts
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 7:52 PM ET
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I really liked this series which started with one book per story of 5 immortal brothers (Adrian, Darius, Kalen, Hunter, Tain) .  Book 5 tells of Tain, who had been lost to darkness when he was captured and tortured by a demon for 700 years - during which time he was "converted" to the dark side to help destroy the world of life magic.  He was rescued at the end of Book 4, but pretty damaged. Book 5 picks up with him trying to adjust to freedom and being out of the demon's control. The story is pretty good and I liked both the characters - Tain and Samantha. Although we do seem to have quickly moved from Tain being a warped, tortured guy intent on wreaking havoc on the world to hunky, brooding hero.

Book 6 moves on to focus on Mac, a fun-loving character who is a world-famous musical star, a demi god, and permanently stuck in a body that looks about 16-17, although he's actually several hundred years old. I think he is a cousin of the 5 brothers.  This story is totally self-contained, but has a few tangents to previous characters.  Twice - due to magical stresses - they age Mac up a decade or so to be a credible love interest.

I had a harder time with this one. I got tired of the female character Artemis and her constant betrayals. How much harm can one willingly do to friends and strangers alike in a quest to save a loved one, even a child? The bulk of the story is set in the demonworld, which encompasses the 9 levels of hell. The characters work their way down to level 9 to effect a rescue, stopping periodically to recharge their energies by having sex.  Despite the focus on the miseries of hell, it's not a dark story.  It's very tongue in cheek and rather like moving through one of my son's video games.

Neither book was great, in my opinion. But both were creative and it was fun to read a continuing storyline.



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Date Posted: 10/20/2008 8:00 PM ET
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Isn't The Immortals series by multiple authors?



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Date Posted: 10/20/2008 8:13 PM ET
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Oh you are right, I'd forgotten that. Thanks for the catch. Joy Nash only wrote two of them. I'll see if I can edit the original post.

  • The Calling (Jennifer Ashley)
  • The Darkening (Robin T. Popp)
  • The Awakening (Joy Nash)
  • The Gathering (Jennifer Ashley)
  • The Redeeming (Jennifer Ashley)
  • The Crossing (Joy Nash)
Subject: the immortals
Date Posted: 10/21/2008 7:17 AM ET
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I loved books 1 thru 5, book 6 was ok but a let down after the first 5, but of course i have preordered books 7 & 8,, just to complete my set, hope they are better than book 6

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 9:15 AM ET
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I agree that book 6 (The Crossing) was the weakest of the lot, which is a shame because Mac was such a great secondary character in the earlier books.  There was a lot of potential for this story.

Oddly enough when I look at the reviews on Amazon and other places, it's touted as the best book yet in the entire series.  Not sure if that's friends and publisher staff posting or if they just had a different reading experience than I did.

Date Posted: 10/25/2008 9:13 AM ET
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I am a little nervous about checking out this series... looking at the Amazon pages for these, they look kind of "Harlequin Romance"... am I wrong and it's just a case of unfortunate cover designs, or are they romance-heavy?

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 7:17 AM ET
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I've about given up trying to interpret covers these days. But these stories are definitely paranormal romance, so you have a combination of the supernatural creatures, the political situation among the factions, and then the development of the relationship between the two characters.