Roane’s books are so gripping because both her villains and heroes have interesting depth, which adds richness to stories that are already quite complex and twisty. Duty can be both an honor and a burden — with the chains to prove it — and throughout this book, numerous characters are faced with choices and ramifications of honoring their duty. The Guardians of Ascension series is a power-packed one that keeps getting better with each installment.
For a century, Marguerite has been imprisoned in a convent on Second Earth, and used for her powerful seer abilities. Her only enjoyment has been periodic visits from her vampire lover, Thorne. Now liberated, Marguerite is determined to taste freedom, so she heads to mortal Earth. Thorne starts suffering from the breh-hedden, and it soon becomes apparent that Marguerite is his destined mate. His decision to follow her is both necessary and ill-timed, for she may be another part of the Obsidian Flame triad. Unfortunately evil Commander Greaves is planning a major demonstration of power that could tip the scales of support away from Endelle. (ST. MARTIN’S, May, 512 pp., $7.99)