To Seduce an Assassin, a fantasy, paranormal romance written and copyrighted, here in e-book format by Jayla Jasso.
Plot: Yavi and his twin brother Yajna are the emperors of Nandala with Yavi the functional head of state because he was first to emerge. They were able to overthrow Thakur, the villainous former ruler who had usurped the throne from their father. They both are valiant warriors and trained Assassins, and also exceptionally handsome and masculine. Yajna has been able to marry the beautiful Jiandra from the neighboring kingdom and enjoys a life of married bliss. Yavi, unfortunately had led a life of dalliance with young women until one of them had died in a manner to which he somehow felt he had contributed and he vows to live a life of celibacy. Now six years later, the country still is low on funds from the devastating manner in which it had been left by the former ruler plus the fact that the country seemed to be cursed by the length of period it suffers cold weather. It was impoverished further by the palace’s Master Chef, Terijan absconding with money that he gives to Uman, the inhuman son of Thakur who is planning a revolt. He is caught and hung, but is revived as a living ghoul to join Uman and the rest of his similarly conditioned followers. Graciella, the much younger sister of Jiandra is brought to the castle to visit, is a superb cook, and gladly assumes the Master Chef’s duties. Grace also has been in love with Yavi since she met him at her sister’s wedding at fourteen. From this intriguing background the story unfolds as she tries now as a twenty year old beauty to make the thirty-year-old Emperor understand she no longer is a child and that it is about time for him to give up his vow. The tale also is replete with fantasy and the occult where the villains cannot be killed, except for discovery late of a weapon that can be helpful; a special magical gem given to Jiandra that keeps her safe from harm and also gives her the ability to heal wounds/disease; a troubled brother of Jiandra and Grace who resides in a monastery but upon occasion assumes a persona of another world. The story further provides ample battle as well as sexual activity to an interesting conclusion.
Discussion: The author has given the reader of romantic novels a book they really can enjoy, especially if they also like a little of the ‘unreal’. The males are handsome, valiant warriors with all their proper musculature and abilities; the women exceptionally beautiful; intertwining sub-plots; acceptable action battle scenes; fantasy/occult additions, and sexual activity that is explicit but well done so as to be accepted as the expected results of steadily advancing romantic attraction rather than as simple eroticism.
5* For romance afficanados.
EPHAIDRIA ISBN: 9780998405810, an ‘other world’ novel copyright and written by James Grieco.
Scene/Plot: Four human principles become involved in problems evolving in the intergalactic world which consists of three individual realms. One is composed of matter and energy. The other two are non-physical dimensions composed entirely of energy – the upper one positive, the lower completely negative and can be thought of as similar to what humans think of as Hell. Ephaidria is the most developed planet in the cosmos and consists of eight civilizations which are being threatened by Zang who has managed to escape from the lower realm and teaching others how to escape has gathered a huge army that is attempting to overthrow the Ephaidrians after which Zang intends to ruin Earth as well. Much will depend upon whether he can get to Sibyl and obtain the four crowns she maintains before the Ephraidrians. They cannot do this themselves and require four specific Human Prins with special powers and they must bring them through the entryway at a very old Roanoke Park walled-up cave in the Kansas City area. The four humans required are: Joshua (Josh) Jaylee, a sixteen-year-old resident of suburban Kansas City, who instead of gaining a high from drugs has spent hours becoming an incredible gamer. His strategic mind is unmatched in innumerable warfare games and is aided by a unique ability to sense an activity or movement before it actually occurs. Nicole Rauveur (18 yr. old Nicki) unparalleled musical aptitude Parisian violinist who tragically lost her mother at ten to a house fire which she escaped. Her researcher father moves them to the US to accept an offer because of his breakthrough in Nanomedicine. They now live in Kirkland, NY and after a drive to Syracuse to participate in an evening concert, she goes to sleep and has a horrifying dream where she is dragged into the ground. The reader discovers she has prophetic dreams, is clairvoyant, has second sight and may even be able to ‘change history’. Fifteen-year-old Suki Odayajka is a world class gymnast who after a perfect performance falls into a swoon where she hears her great grandma’s (Nyoko) voice “Try not to be frightened. He feeds on your fear.” She also has the ability to heal peoples’ injuries. Tahani Jakande, handsome, muscular, highly intelligent South African who is at NEO Cosmological Observatory as an intern after finishing his 1st year at Mass Conservatory of Astrophysics. He always believed there was life beyond our world and now is here making a startling discovery. He sees an object travelling at ¼ the speed of light (84,000 kilometers/second). If in fifteen minutes it hits earth, it can destroy a huge city of if landing in the ocean can cause a massive tsunami. Remarkably as it approaches it slows down so it is directed by something intelligent. Then suddenly, it vanishes. The tale proceeds as the four humans are gathered together at the cave, transported through the solid brick wall, transferred to Ephaidria where their metabolism is altered and they are mentally and quickly provided with the nine languages they will be required to use and prepared to aid their new intergalactic friends in the struggle to save their world as well as their earthen home.
Discussion: The author has provided a rather complicated story with a large number of places and characters of varying importance to the plot which, as described above, actually is only the basic story. In the author’s own words, one amusing from the young Josh, the other by the ancient prophet: “The creature we have to fight is possessed by a pissed off ghost, who cooked up a crown that makes him super- powerful…” And from antiquity: “Only four human Prin shall bend the face of time and enter the Sibyl’s sanctum. The righteous shall receive the great Starbrands, wielding their might with tempered hands, driving the escaped Drarbune souls back into the depths of Drar.”
Conclusion: The author’s imaginative themes and use of rich fantasy no doubt will enthrall readers that thrive on such wide ranging epic galactic tales of good versus evil. If you are one of these individuals, this one’s definitely for you.
5* For readers enthralled by original imaginative themes, rich fantasy.