She was a Dark Breed—half Vampyre, half Lychen. Now she is chosen . . .
Kyana is the new Goddess of the
Hunt, chosen for her determination to survive as much as for her passion
to protect those she loves. Now, just when she’s finally ready to shed
her past and let the one man who really matters into her heart, an evil
has resurrected, and only Kyana stands in its way.
But Ryker, as the new Zeus, will
not let her fight alone. It has taken him too long to convince Kyana
they belong together for him to lose her. And if it means descending
into the depths of Hades to make the ultimate sacrifice, then so be it.
The fate of the world is at stake, and for Kyana and Ryker, no fight has
ever been more personal.
Kyana's entire very long life has been a struggle, from her mortal years as an abused wife in a harem, to her death and rebirth as a hated Dark Breed, then through the years of prejudice as she tried to use her half Vampyre, half Lychen nature to help others, and then finally through her transition into the Goddess of the Hunt. She was chosen for this role for her perseverance to protect others throughout the years and her fierce will to survive. Yet now that her life could have finally been settling down, a massive threat looms on the horizon, as Chronos sets to conquer the gods and humans a like. With Ryker, the man she is coming to love at her side, Kyana knows that they must do whatever it takes to finally stop Chronos once and for all, even if that means making the ultimate sacrifice.
Looking back at the Kyana that was introduced in Ascension and the one
that finished out Chosen, and I can hardly believe they are the same
person. Kyana has gone through so much change, all of it for the better.
Sure she may be a little softer rather than a killer bad ass, but that
only opened her up to allowing others into her heart which is never a
bad thing in my opinion. Also, I think her fighting skills have greatly
improved as well now that she isn't so quick to run head first into
battle. In the past, her temper and her leap before looking nature got
her into some sticky jams, that honestly took a miracle to get out of.
Now however, she is much more thoughtful and takes the time to consider
her decisions before making them, giving her both the brawns and the
brains to take down just about any foe. Considering the nasty showdown
with Chronos, she's need every advantage she can get.
I really enjoyed the blend of the old gods and new ones in Chosen. There always is a great deal of friction in any situation when it is time for the next generation to take over. Considering the longevity of the original gods' rule, things were only more difficult, especially in Zeus/Ryker's place. Yet, with the massive threat of Chronos looming darkly over their heads, they didn't have much choice as infighting would have crippled them in a time where they needed every last one of them to have even the slightest chance at success. I just enjoyed seeing how even the most ancient of beings can put aside differences and stand up for a worthy cause. Even though this is only fiction, it kind of gives me a little hope for the real world.
As much as I enjoyed Chosen and felt it wrapped things up well for Kyana and Ryker's story, I can't help feeling like there was so much left unsaid, especially since the ending felt rather abrupt. I can't exactly put my finger on what that is, but I definitely think there is a potential for more books in this series, even if they don't center around Kyana and Ryker. I just feel like only the surface of this world has been scratched, and that there are many more stories left to tell. I'd particularly like to see a spin off featuring Haven as I'd love to see some happiness for her. So I'm crossing my fingers that the open-endedness of the wrap up means that there is more in store for this world. As far as Chosen, it definitely was an impressively action packed wrap-up to a series I have come to love, and I highly recommend it.
(Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss)