Blog Tour: Ordained by Devon Ashley

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Publication Date:
April 15th, 2012
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN:  1461001528
Age Group: Young adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author, through Smashwords, for an honest review
Lootability: ***
Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.
Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.
Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization. 
But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.
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Ordained is the story of Abby, kick ass vampire and demon slayer, with more powers than a body could conceivably contain. As danger approaches the Order, her old training grounds, a place blacked out of her memories because of the atrocities committed against her, and by her, in her thirteen years as a student, Abby and her husband Noel are the only ones who can help.
But Abby has secrets that could put her in danger again, despite how desperately the Order needs her.
What I Liked: I always like when old myths and legends about paranormal creatures are given an ancient context. The Order trains hunters, born with a tell-tale birthmark, to hunt vampires and keep them from preying on ignorant humans. Of course, this means they have some annoyingly old fashion values, preferring male hunters over their obviously superior female hunters, as well as some cruel and bizarre training methods.
Abby might have been the real protagonist, but since Devon Ashley provided us with a multi-perspective novel, I found getting inside the head of Emily, and even Valerie, far more interesting. They felt more human to me (perhaps, there is a reason for that?) and were more easy to relate to than the all powerfully Abby.
It was good to see both girls rebel against the Order (thanks to the inaction of the school causing the deaths of other Hunters on their 25th birthday) in their own unique ways. Emily's anger felt real and burnt through the page (e-ink?) while Valerie's utter contempt and disdain was easy to empathise with.
The demon Morpheus was an intriguing antagonist. He was always one step ahead of the 'good guys' and caused as much chaos as his nature promised.

What I Didn't Like: This book felt like it needed some work. I'm not against multiple perspectives from different characters, but the move between characters often felt too sudden or vague. It made the story a little disjointed and I hope that is something Ashley considered when writing the sequel Metamorphasus.
My real problem was Abby. Miss I'm-Too-Powerful-For-My-Boots.
While I love a well prepared heroine, I can't stand one that comes prestocked and Abby's enormous arsenal made her less appealing to me. There was next to no struggle to come to terms with her powers beyond fighting the 'evil' of her Father's blood.
She  just felt too convenient, virtually invulnerable, ridiculously powerful and even her memory loss was convenient because it had her returning to the Order.

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I did enjoy Ordained. It had some spectacular ideas and I would love to further explore the pure vampires. I just find myself hoping Abby loses a little of her crazy powers in further instalments of the Immortal Archives.


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