Ascension takes Greek Mythology and gives it an apocalyptic, modern makeover. The gates of Tartarus have been opened and demons are pouring out, wreaking havoc on the human world. In the process, they are killing the Chosen, humans who are selected to inherit the powers of the Greek gods as they die. Kyana is a Dark Breed, a tracker for the goddess Artemis who has the shameful heritage of being half-vampyre and half-lychen. She hates humans, but she does her part as a member of the Order of Ancients, protecting them from the demons, seeking out the Chosen to preserve them so that the world can continue.
Things are about to get worse as a plot to resurrect the old god Cronus comes to light. Kyana must work with Ryker, a sexy demigod who once rejected her, and she has never forgiven him for it. She’ll have to put her own feelings aside and focus on their mission, which is not as easy as it sounds.
Sable Grace writes a novel that takes the foundations of Greek mythology and builds an interesting and unique story of its own. I appreciated how she effectively integrates vampire and werewolf lore into the stories of the Greek gods. This novel has dark overtones with a driven, conflicted protagonist that brings to mind movies like Underworld and Blade.
I liked this story quite a bit, but Kyana’s highly cynical, callous, and disdainful personality rubbed me the wrong way at times. Grace writes her in such a way that you can see that most of her caustic behavior is armor she’s built against the world, but she was a bit too grating at times. Fortunately, her fundamentally honorable nature shines through enough to keep her from being a complete loss. In contrast, I really liked Ryker. He was actually a very nice guy, considering he was the son of the brutal, heartless warrior god Ares, raised practically from the cradle as a warrior. His steadfast feelings of love for Kyana and his determination to help her and to get through to her heart of stone made him a favorite of mine in this book.
Ascension is a good beginning to a series. The Dark Breed is likely to make its mark in the urban fantasy genre with its distinctive storyline of Greek mythology with a dark and gothic, modern update, and a conflicted heroine that it’s difficult to feel indifference towards. It’s worth checking out.
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061964409
- ISBN-13: 978-0061964404