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.
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.”
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.”
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