Weekend Feature: Dawn of a Dark Knight by Zoe Forward + Giveaway


Dawn of a Dark Knight by Zoe Forward

In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.

An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods’ choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn’t have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.

Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.

She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm’s length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision–follow the gods’ rules or follow their hearts.

Exclusive Excerpt

Her captor dragged Kira deep into the shadows of a recessed doorway. He clinched her chest so tight that she couldn’t breathe. A dizzy terror hazed her mind.

     Keep it together.

He rolled her inwards until her face pressed tight to his chest as if he feared she would scream.

“I’ll shoot,” she murmured against his rock-solid pecs, burrowing the muzzle of her Glock into his abdomen.

“Go ahead, sweetheart. Add it to the tally for the night. It’ll sting like a bitch, but I guarantee it won’t kill me.”

He sounded disappointed about the last part. Something about that lightly accented baritone struck her as familiar. Kira reined in her escalating fear enough to do an aura screen. He had none of the inherent darkness of a Hashishin. He radiated mystical vitality and ancient power. But not evil.

With a good push, she got herself some space. Yet he didn’t release her. She cricked her neck upward. It was a good ways up since this gladiator dwarfed her by almost a foot.

“Ashor?” She shook her head and whispered, “This can’t be real.”

Let’s Talk

Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Dawn of a Dark Knight

A: In DAWN OF A DARK KNIGHT I’ve created a new hero. The Scimitar Magi are ten pseudo-immortals that live within our world, but struggle to remain incognito. The guys are not exactly thrilled to discover they vowed their eternal souls eons ago to serve the Egyptian gods, and now must execute daemons for the rest of their life. With no past-life memory, they’ve got no clue how to wield the powers gifted to them by the gods. Man to super warrior in five minutes with no instruction manual. So it takes a long time for each Scimitar to work it out. At first losing control at random is the norm, and irritates the bejesus out of the more experienced Scimitars. Incidents happen like blowing up a gas station, which is misinterpreted by the government as a terrorist act.
And then there are the women. The Scimitars each get matched to one woman for all-time, and she is also reincarnated. But when…and if this woman shows up is entirely up to the gods, who love to muck things up for fun.

Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Dawn of a Dark Knight?

A: My favorite quote from Dawn of a Dark Knight is:

““You swore this deal would be a safe little exchange. I didn’’t sign up for this——Chinese mafia and Hashishins. I’’m an MD, not special ops.””

Book Info

Dawn of a Dark Knight by Zoe Forward
Paranormal Romance
03/01/2013 – Wild Rose Press
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Zoe Forward would like to give away a copy of Dawn of a Dark Knight. (print or ebook, winner’s choice.) To enter, just answer her question:

Destiny plays a huge roll in DAWN OF A DARK KNIGHT. Have you ever had a surprising experience that worked out for the better, and perhaps suggests things happen for a reason?

Giveaway is open to US and Canada only. You have until end of day [date] to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

Giveaway sponsored by: Zoe Forward. No purchase necessary to win. You must be 18 or over to enter, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within 72 hours of the announcement they forfeit their prize. Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.


  1. Margay says

    Actually, yes, on more than one occasion. Of course, I probably didn’t think it was for the best at the time!

  2. says

    At work, it looked like my position was going to be terminated and I was super stressed about it but I ended up getting hired in a new position that’s even better. So yeah, I definitely think things happen for a reason.

    Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds really great.

  3. Jana says

    I thought I was going a certain direction in my life 15 years ago and then one night everything changed. That is the night I met my husband and here we are 15 years later, two beautiful girls, collection of dogs. While this might not be the plan I had in my mind 15 years ago – I love every minute of it and believe that it was supposed to happen this way!


  4. erinf1 says

    Thanks for the great post and congrats to Zoe on the new release! Nothing personally really stands out for me as “destiny”. My life has been normal and steady which I like :)

  5. Lori Meehan says

    There’s alway a silver lining to everything. It just might take a while to notice what it is.
    My father was a alcoholic and as a teenager I went to Ala-teen (for children of alcoholics) i learned to coup and see that i was not alone and from that I met life long friends and my husband.

  6. wanda says

    Most definitely as they say hindsight is 20/20 so I can look back on past events I thought were bad and see now that they made me a better person and if I had not gone through them I wouldnt be where I am now which is a wonderful place.

  7. donnas says

    There have been a few things, some of them really hard and painful but they lead me to think there is a possibility of destiny.
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