Book 2, Heartblaze - Vampire Rising (Emma's Saga)
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"The heart of Twilight and the soul of Outlander"
"The world is amazing and easy to get lost in." – Bloggin' & Writing ★★★★★
"These characters and storyline keep getting better and better!" – Seraphia ★★★★★
"The ways in which Shay brought past and present together are truly inspirational." – Damian ★★★★★
Recommended reading order: start with books 1-3 (Emma’s Saga, vampires), or jump in at books 4-6 (Ash’s Saga, werewolves), or begin with books 7-9 (Rosemarie’s Saga, dragons). If you start the series with books 4 or 7, expect a few references to the previous books, but you will still be able to follow the story.
Heartblaze is the groundbreaking new paranormal series that leaves you breathless and eager for more. Book two of this electrifying saga begins exactly where book one ended. Grab this page-turner now and continue your thrilling journey through this beautifully elaborate paranormal world, perfect for fans of Twilight, A Shade of Vampire, and Outlander.
My name is Emma. I’ve found my vampire soulmate, and he has a surprise for me that will change my life forever.
My name is Stefan. I’ve lost my werewolf powers just as the world’s most ruthless organization is hunting me. But something has taken the place of my lost wolf, something dark and strange that I may not be able to control.
"If you want to escape and see what being a vampire is like then you have to read Vampire Rising!" – Cbowman ★★★★★
"The book is nonstop action!!!" – Emma ★★★★★
"So much is happening that you hate to put the book down." – Kathy ★★★★★
"You really don't know what is going to happen next." – Nicole ★★★★★
"The entire cast of characters are compelling and distinctive." – Kim Reads ★★★★★
"When I started reading I couldn't put it down." – Ana94 ★★★★★
"Great story line and the characters are awesome!" – Kimberly ★★★★★
"Narrating from several different points of view works exceedingly well to provide the reader with clarity through the many characters and time periods." – Dreamer J ★★★★★
How would you describe this series?
The books are fast-paced paranormal thrillers with both action and romance. When I began writing this series, I set out to create something that would challenge readers. I believe most readers are smart people who enjoy a thought-provoking book. Heartblaze is told from the point of view of multiple characters and takes place in the present-day as well as the past (much like Outlander.) These books are not for people looking for light and fluffy reading, nor for readers completely unfamiliar with the paranormal genre.
Is this book appropriate for all ages?
No. They are not appropriate for children. The series is written for adults, young adults, and mature teens.
How is the first book structured? What is the point of view? What kind of ending does it have?
The first book has over 60,000 words. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a main character. The point of view is first person (inside the character’s head) and in present tense (as it is happening). The chapters are relatively short and the book moves quickly. None of the books in the series have sad endings.
What types of creatures are in the novel?
Quite a number: vampires, werewolves, werebears, ghosts, witches, and fae. All of them are portrayed in new ways. For example, the werewolves are shifters who channel animal spirits from the distant past. The fae have their own unique language that plays a role in some of the books. It’s a functional language that I spent a year developing!
Great book, different kind of paranormal reading!
Another blown mind novel with everything you could ever want including humor, adventure, danger, drama and still cunning and treacherous villains. What else could you want? If you're looking for a novel that can keep you at the edge of you seat, this is most definitely the book for you! I think this is a really great story; but then, I keep saying the same thing for all the other books after I finished reading them; so you'll have to read it to find out.
Title: Heartblaze Book: 2
Series: Heartblaze series
Author: Shay Roberts
Type of novel: Full-Length, with cliffhanger and can not be read as Standalone. It is a sequel of the first one.
Emma Rue is the new reincarnation of an ancient soul. She has been Cassandra Cross, a Trascendent noble (vampire) from 19th century, in her past life (about 200 year ago) and in love with Julian La Fleur, her maker and mentor. In this new book she has been elevated for the second time by Julian before Angelo stabbed him with Sindom and he is erased from everyone's memory. In the first book she was relieving that past life as Cassandra; but, in this one she meets another one, Hanna/ Hanns Dorrholtz.
Hanna/ Hanns Dorrholtz is a German fencing teacher working for the Tudors (16th century). She’s an excellent fighter in German martial arts. For the past 10 years she had to dress as a boy (Hanns) as per his fathers orders, to be able to keep his business and to have someone to pass it on when he dies. While teaching Hal Tudor, she gets poisoned and almost died. They discovered that she was not a boy and she had to start dressing as a woman for that moment on.
Stefan Hildebrand was a werewolf in the first book but was shot in the chest and his wolf died protecting him; but in his place is now a godling, one of Loki's child, who saved his life after he was shot. Is he the Trickster or a demon? Is he a good or a bad influence? We'll see. He is still attracted to Emma and follows her to Europe to try and protect her.
Julian St. Fleur was stabbed by Angelo, his maker, using an ancient dagger (Sindom) that has the ability to erased people from existence. Now he finds himself in another plane of existence that he calls Memoria. He is able to somehow communicate with Emma for a short period of time. The dagger can erase the flesh and memories of a person but can not destroy their soul. Emma and Julian are bond together by the Heartblaze ritual and there is a part of each other's soul in the other.
Laurence is another Trascendent noble who was Cassandra's mentor. He was teaching her to become his replacement as a soulreader before her death. Now he is back being her mentor again, but from the beginning. In Julian's absence, Laurence is teaching Emma to become a Trascendent and to follow the rules.
Rowan of Wildwood is the Empress of the Witches or at least that is how she calls herself. Not all witches recognize her as such. She wants Sindom, her ancient dagger back to erase the builder who created the bridge for the reincarnation. She wants to stop this unnatural state as she calls it and kill death to become immortal. She values knowledge more than wisdom. She met Hanna a long time ago when she was still a young woman known as Lady Kavanagh in the 16th century.
Hwei-ru is a human witch, a complicated woman with an old soul. She has suffered much and has grown angry, bitter, evil and has a lack of empathy toward others.
KoR is a human organization whose sole purpose is to eliminate all paranormal creatures. They lethally poisoned Santiago with radiation to tag him in order to find Stefan and/ or the Black Rose Society. KoR has taken a background position in this sequel.
Esben is a werebear who knew Stefan in the first book. Was working as a bodyguard.
Wayfarer is a Trascendent whose greater gift is to move objects and people through Velox, a way of moving at great speed in the vampire world.
Zivanka is a spiritist.
Hal and Oswyn Tudor are the children of the King.
Overall point of view: I'm crazy about vampires and this novel have me wanting for more. It has danger, drama, adventure, malevolent, treacherous and conniving villains, some humor and suspence. The characters are strong (even the females), gentle and protective. And the villains are treacherous, egocentric, snobbish and cunning. The author does a remarkable job of giving some backstory throughout the book so you can understand the plot better.
Did I like this book? Yes, great story.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I would!
Will I read this author again? I plan to, I want to read the other short stories that he wrote about this series.
Was I entertained? Very much indeed.
My final verdict: great book, different kind of paranormal reading. Try it, you won't be disappointed. Thanks to Snowfire Press for providing a copy of this book. I volunteered to review it.
Couldn't stop reading this book. It bounced around between characters, liked that you saw everything from their perspective. This book left a lot of things unanswered so now have to wait for the next book and the beginning was kind of confusing but made sense once you got through a few chapters.
Following the unfolding story of Emma Rue is thrilling. A heroine who can take care of herself but still allow someone else to care for her. I had a hard time putting this down long enough to sleep.