Just finished reading…My Immortal Assassin by Carolyn Jewel

January 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm 10 comments

This book was given to me by the author.
This review cross-posted on Goodreads.
My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars
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My Immortal Assassin
(My series, book 3) by Carolyn Jewel

My Immortal AssassinRevenge. It’s all Grayson Spencer wants. Christophe dit Menart, a human with dark magical powers, destroyed the life she loved. She wants the pleasure of killing him, no matter the cost to her. If not for Durian, a dangerously sexy demon fiend charged with keeping Christophe alive, she would have succeeded, too. Now, she’s certain all hope is gone. But he has a plan and an offer she can’t resist…

Durian has spent his life as a trained and sanctioned assassin. His duty: to enforce the laws against demons harming humans. He’s always prided himself on staying out of the fray, carrying out his orders and honoring his fealty to his warlord, but never getting attached. Never until Grayson, a spunky and determined woman clearly gifted with magic herself. He convinces her to swear fealty to him so he can protect her and teach her to use her magic to taste the revenge she so desperately wants.

They’re soon bound together in a forbidden desire — a dangerous passion that calls into question Durian’s oath of loyalty to his warlord. When he refuses to return her to Christophe, his disobedience threatens to inflame the tumultuous war between demons and the magekind. Can they — and their love — survive?

I’ve been a big fan of Carolyn Jewel’s books since reading, Scandal (see review), one of my Top 5 historical romances. Since then, her My series has become one of my Top 5 paranormal romances.  It’s been a long wait for Durian’s story (the previous My Forbidden Desire was released May 2009), and I was really happy when the author offered to send an early copy of My Immortal Assassin to me.

One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the originality of the world. The demons (known as the kin, among themselves) are engaged in a struggle with the magekind. Dark mages use enslaved demons to provide power and as coerced minions. Witches, too, often get caught in the crossfire, becoming pawns for the dark mages.

Over the course of the previous 2 books of the series, the leader of the kin, Nicodemus, has brokered a tenuous détente between the mages and demon kin (aka fiends). It’s amidst this precarious cease in overt hostilities, that the assassin Durian encounters Gray, a witch whose life was torn apart by a dark mage.

Gray has been indelibly changed, transformed into something “other” as a result of the mage’s failed power grab attempt, and now she is determined to exact revenge upon him. Durian is sworn to uphold the peace agreement, but is drawn to Gray, and promises to help her learn how to control her new powers, if she will bind herself to him.

This is a lot more set up to a book review than I usually do (I usually prefer to use the book description to do it), but the series story arc, and as a result, the book’s plot is a very complex one. There’s a lot of “meat” to the story, and that’s one of the reasons I really love this series. My one regret about My Immortal Assassin is that I didn’t re-read the previous 2 books to refresh my memory of the series details. (Something I like to do with some series.) I’d really recommend reading this series in order, if you haven’t already read the first 2 books.

One of the things that made My Immortal Assassin a stand out in the series for me is the relationship between Gray and Durian. More than any other book in the series, there is a give and take to their relationship that is really refreshing. While Grey has “submitted” (not in a D/s way, but in a magical way) by binding herself to him, rather than being subservient to him, she is pledged to protect him, and becomes his bodyguard. As Gray increasingly comes into her power, she assumes a more protective role toward Durian that male heroes more typically take on. I really liked this shift in traditional power dynamics.

And, despite this reversal, Durian is as bad-ass as ever, struggling with his increasingly protective feeling towards Gray, while relishing her growing abilities and her desire to protect him. He sees her protection of him and it affects him in a way that it new to the usually cold and detached assassin. Gray’s and Durian’s chemistry is great, and they both feed so much from this dynamic.

I really enjoyed the direction the larger story arc took as well, and where the series will go in the next book, My Dangerous Pleasure (to be released June 2011). The introduction of the mage Leonidas is showing a more complex image of the mages, and should complicate the storyline nicely.

Also, I’m chomping at the bit for Kynan’s story and Iskander’s story, as well as hoping for more about Gray’s sister, Emily.

My Immortal Assassin will be released January 3, 2011.

  • Carolyn Jewel’s site.
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  • 2. Lusty Reader  |  January 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    so funny bc ive glommed Jewel’s historical backlist (including Lord Ruin which I really hope she can write a sequel to) but ive never been tempted by her PNR. *shrugs* weird but there you have it. glad you enjoyed this series, and Scandal so much, but selfishly i hope she writes more historicals ;)

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    • 3. Renee  |  January 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Confession time, Lusty: I’ve had The Spare and Lord Ruin on my tbr for ages, and absolutely no idea why I haven’t read them. I loved Indiscreet and Scandal. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more historicals, too!

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  • 4. Chris  |  January 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    If I start reading m/f again, I’ll definitely continue with this series. :)

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    • 5. Renee  |  January 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      It’s a good one! I’m always a sucker for some good worldbuilding.

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  • 6. orannia  |  January 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I loved Scandal, but…I’m just not feeling paranomral romance ATM :)

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    • 7. Renee  |  January 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      When you do, it’s worth checking out! ;-)

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  • 8. Lusty Reader  |  January 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    oooo well i def look forward to hearing what you think of them! i had a hard time getting my mitts on Lord Ruin, but i think she just got the rights back to that and The Spare and think they’re being rereleased which is exciting.

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    • 9. Renee  |  January 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      I got really lucky and got pristine used editions of both. Now, I just gotta read them!

      Yes, there were new reissues of them!

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