There’s a new vampire series in romancelandia, and before you say ‘child please, not another vampire romance’, I must tell you that these vampires are not your garden variety Bram Stoker characters. These vampires are fighting to save the Earth, well Mortal Earth that is because there is another dimensional plane where Second Earth resides, a place these vampires call home. Oh, and did I mention, these vampires are warriors and guardians and they have wings – like angels?  As you can see the mythology in Caris Roane’s new book Ascension is not your ordinary paranormal romance. In fact the mythology is quite interesting and complex.


Ascension  is like wandering in a field of a creative and colorful dream. There are many interesting, formidable, terrifying, beautiful and unique images. They surround and envelop you in a story ”as old as time”; and it’s the reason we read romance. We want to read and believe that good will triumph over evil, that although the world is a scary place there is still hope, and that love, after everything is said and done, still conquers all. In Ascension you get all that and more. The more? Well for me it was Alison Wells the heroine of the book.

Alison is not your ordinary therapist practicing and living in Phoenix. No, in fact she is one of the reasons this book resonated with me. She’s a mortal with extraordinary powers, powers that even our hero does not possess. She can dematerialize, stop time and communicate through telepathy, and that’s just for starters. Her powers combined with her compassion and intelligence is what makes her a strong and impressive heroine. After spending thirty years of her life being different from every other mortal she knows Alison’s world changes the instant she meets Kerrick.

Kerrick is a Guardian of Ascension, and one of seven Warriors of Blood, an elite group of seven winged vampires from Second Earth whose mission it is to protect humans on Mortal Earth. They are on the front lines fighting to protect and save Mortal Earth from the Death Vampires who want to take over both worlds. Kerrick’s specific mission is to protect Alison as she moves or ‘ascends’ to the second dimension. What neither Alison nor Kerrick counted on was the ‘bond mate’ that they would feel for each other; an all encompassing drive to be as one.

What I found most intriguing about this book and what I hope will continue throughout the series are the powerful women. One of my favorites is Endelle, she rules over the Warriors of Blood and is the most powerful ascendant in centuries; she calls all the shots in the war against the Death Vamps. Her style is somewhat harsh and sometimes overbearing but she has a big job to do, after all she is in charge of saving the worlds and she’s getting the job done. I find her extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more about her.  

With Kerrick and Alison’s story we are also introduced to the other six Warriors of Blood. Interestingly enough they don’t all like each other. Then again after several centuries together there is bound to be some upheaval and infighting. I’m curious about their stories and the women who will come into their lives. So if you’re looking for a new series that has dimensional worlds, winged vampires out to save Mortal Earth, seven brave and complex warriors and women who are equally brave and strong, perhaps you should try Ascension by Caris Roane.

by Lexa555 on ‎01-05-2011 06:04 PM

I just bought this book on a whim yesterday and after reading your review I'm happy that I did. It sounds like a great mix of vampires, warriors, and angels with romance and a fantasy element. It does sound similar to Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series so I hope once I get around to reading Ascension that it makes a good spot as being it's own series instead of copies of things we already have.

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎01-14-2011 06:57 AM

Hi Lexa - I must admit i've only read the first book in the Midnight Breed series with the rest of the books on my TBR pile - now that you've mentioned them I'm definitely going to pull them off the shelf. 


This series has a complex mythology very much like the Lords fo the Underworld or the Black Dagger Brotherhood with 6 warriors and we'll be getting each of their stories so it that respect it is like many of the series out there.  I guess what sets this one apart and acutally what sets them all apart is the characters.  Please let me know what you think of this one when you've finished reading it. Enjoy!


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