By not even touching on that storyline in this book, I almost felt like the book was more satisfying, as it didn't leave me wishing for more. Finally a different plot.
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British English American English net weight. Now he has to find a way to recruit Chase without letting Gwen know the Paladins and Regents deeply he Series: Now he has to find a way to recruit Chase without letting Gwen know the Paladins and Regents deeply held secrets.
We met Jarvis back in book two of this series so I was happy to see that Darkness Unknown was his story. Jarvis is a lot like the Seattle Paladin leader, Devlin Bane, in that he's levelheaded, calm in a crisis, and a natural leader. Those skills have led him well but he's on uneven footing with his attraction to Gwen.
Things are even more complicated because he needs to help Chase control his aggression and come into his Paladin status but he knows that if Gwen ever discovers he's training her brother to be a killer she'll never forgive him. I liked seeing the recruitment of a Paladin and though Chase starts out as an angry 17 year old, you can tell he wants to do better but he just doesn't know how to control his emotions.
Jarvis quickly becomes like a father figure for Chase, along with another Paladin, Jake, and the bonding moments between the men were really sweet. Each book has featured a strong and outspoken heroine and Gwen fits right into that category. She gave up everything to take care of Chase when their mother died and she's fiercely protective of him; with 10 years between them she's often more of a mother than a sister to Chase.
But raising Chase and running the family farm as left Gwen floundering when it comes to relationships so when Jarvis continues to come around she sees how good he is with Chase and how flirtatious he is with her.
I do feel that Gwen put blinders on pretty quickly and didn't question Jarvis's secrets; she pretty much trusts him and assumes he's one of the good guys right away. But I don't want you to walk away from me one minute before you absolutely have to. He doesn't show it very often, but Jarvis has accepted that he'll remain alone and Gwen shows him that that doesn't have to be the case.
I really enjoyed them together, especially the way they bring out a more playful side in each other. It was nice to finally see Jarvis let go and fall in love. The mystery of the blue stones and the traitors in the Regent organization is still on-going and I'm dying to know who all is behind it, though I have a few guesses. Oct 23, Sheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: Book 5 in the Paladin series was so much fun and such a nice change of pace.
The four previous books focused on this ongoing storyline and each one left me wishing that the storyline had progressed further. By not even touching on that storyline in this book, I almost felt like the book was more satisfying, as it didn't leave me wishing for more. Also, it was kind of nice to have a break from the repetitiv Book 5 in the Paladin series was so much fun and such a nice change of pace. Also, it was kind of nice to have a break from the repetitive nature of the previous books.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the other 4 books, despite their tendency towards being somewhat formulaic except the first book which more or less set the formula , but having read all of these books in a little over a week, the break was nice. This book focuses on the discovery and "recruitment" of newly discovered Paladin, Chase Mosely.
Neither Chase nor his older sister Gwen understand Chase's unique ability to heal quickly or his overly aggressive nature. Discovering a badly wounded Jarvis Donahue in the woods near their farm is a stroke of luck when they realize that he shares Chase's quick healing.
They hope to learn something from him. Jarvis, once he realizes what Chase is, hopes to recruit him into the Paladins once he turns And of course, Jarvis and Gwen can't deny their mutual attraction. There was a lot of relationship building in this book which I really liked. I could really feel the romance between Jarvis and Gwen.
The one downside to this book was that we didn't get to visit with any of our Paladin friends from previous books. They were only mentioned briefly a few times.
The upside to that is that this book can be read without having read the others in the series. If you haven't read the others you might miss out on some background, but otherwise the story would probably still be enjoyable. I still recommend reading the others first, but because it doesn't continue the ongoing story arc and the other characters don't make an appearance, it can be read standalone.
I highly recommend this book and this series and look forward to reading book 6. Oct 17, Lillie rated it it was ok. Not really my cup of tea but was a good read for what it was. I don't have any outstanding grievances about the book. To be honest, I just didn't care about it. The concept ended up being interesting just not what im into but the characters and the plot were plain and didn't connect with me.
First off, despite the concept being interesting, the book doesn't stand on its own. It's obvious serious shit has gone down in the previous books and not having read them really affected Meh. Which sucked cause it seemed interesting and yet the blurbs of the previous books in the series just didn't interest me in the slightest.
There was nothing that made me want to previous books and there was nothing that made me want to continue with the series. To put it simply, this book was obviously a filler, there for fans of the series with characters they'll be familiar with and know and yet had nothing for new readers to enjoy or even look forward to.
Second, the Paladin concept wasn't really about knights and good vs evil. Paladin is pretty much another word for knight but i guess the way they explained it, it makes some sense but it does mislead new reader. Me being one of them. In reality, it was about view spoiler [fucking aliens hide spoiler ].
So that in itself was a bummer. No ancient knights or cool magic powers. It was all pretty basic sci-fi. I mean, it wasn't a terrible concept overall just not something i was into. Like i said before, i didn't hate the book and it wasn't bad but it also didn't engage me enough to read previous books in the series or even continue on to next ones. Jun 24, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Such an incredible story. This one was possibly one of my faves as I took a strong liking to Jarvis' character in previous stories.
Jake is a must have too I really appreciated her bringing Chase's character to life and exploring his plot line. Do I have you interested yet? It was nice to let the Regents take some time off for a bit and take a step back from the corruption. I really enjoyed just focusing on the Paladins and what it meant to be one.
Two things that did bother me about the book were relatively small. Not sure if you would call this a spoiler alert or not, so if you're concerned about that The other thing is that we see a lot of Gwen's internal processing over Jarvis and his secrets. In one point of the book, he's been up front and honest with her about having to keep secrets.
Doesn't even get a mention. Not when she's talking to her brother. Not when she's talking to him. Jun 15, Cherry Mischievous rated it really liked it Shelves: This book can be read independently as a stand alone even if it's book 5 in the series. There is enough intel there to keep the reader in the loop. I've read the previous books like 4 years ago so I've essentially forgotten what went on. I remember the world of the Paladins but almost forgotten the characters, never mind the events.
I had a quick browse through book 4 before reading this book but book 4 was about a Seattle Paladin. This book is about a different state Paladin. So essentially a totally different set of characters in the same world of the Paladins. I seem to remember though that books 1 and 2 were very interesting.
I might have to re-read them and do a retrospective review, if and when I get the chance. This book still retains Alexis Morgan's fantastic "author's voice". But for some reason the story telling quality does not seem to be as compelling as I remember the first 2 books were.
Could it be that my memory has kinda editted what I remebered of it Can't really tell you. Don't really know myself. I also don't like the way the model holds the sword in the cover.
It tells me that his sword is blunt to be stupid enough to hold the naked blade like that. One other thing, there are no cute sidekicks. However, a lovely enough read that I would give it a 4 out of 5. Aug 05, Melinda rated it really liked it Shelves: The Paladins are great! I know that I just trashed on Lori Fosters idealization of physical male perfection while allowing for men's emotional health to be below par but what makes Alexis Morgan different is that she gives us strong but hopeless men.
They fight the good fight only to turn into the thing they fight. They are fairly prim The Paladins are great! They are fairly primitive in their possessive and protectiveness. What Lori Foster might lack in male emotional expression Alexis Morgan has in spades! Annual Report - Jenoptik at a glance. We once again demonstrated our operational strengths: Jenoptik's sales and income increased over fiscal year , and the further realignment of the Clean Systems business division both received a positive reaction from the capital market.
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