Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rogue Angel: Destiny by Alex Archer

Released: July 2006

Destiny is the first novel in the prolific "Rogue Angel" series written by Alex Archer.

Here's the synopsis for Destiny courtesy of Fantastic Fiction:

An ancient order tied to the Vatican...
A blood fortune buried in the caves of France...
A conspiracy of power, greed and darkest evil... 

Archaeologist and explorer Annja Creed's fascination with the myths and mysteries of the past leads her to a crypt in the caves of France, where the terrifying legend of the Beast of Gevaudan hints at the unimaginable. What she discovers is shattering: an artifact that will seal her destiny; a brotherhood of monks willing to murder to protect their secret; and a powerful black-market occultist desperate to put his own claim to centuries-old blood money. Annja embarks on a high-tension race across Europe and history itself, intent on linking the unholy treachery of the ages with the staggering revelations of the present. But she must survive the shadow figures determined to silence her threat to their existence.

Destiny immediately launches into pure action without providing us with much background information about our protagonist, Annja Creed. Annja is an intelligent young archaeologist whose passion for her profession is most likely to rub off on us readers. With a simple plot, though strong suspense element, Destiny will likely pull you in from the get-go and will appeal to most fans of this genre.

Annja is likable because she's modest and very intelligent - not your cliched busty, arrogant and outspoken action-hero chick (with red hair) I seem to read a lot about in most urban fantasy novels these days.

The first half of Destiny is mostly made up of pure business and mystery surrounding Annja's archaeology expedition. However, when Annja returns to her home in New York, we are finally able to get a glimpse of her personal life and background, which is more interesting by this point because we're just dying to know more about Annja.

This series is going to be awesome, and I can't wait to read the next books in the series! Following Destiny in this series are Solomon's Jar, The Spider Stone, The Chosen, and Forbidden City.

Click on any of the images of the books below to review them in more detail on Amazon.com.

What are your favorite urban fantasy novels? Are you a fan of this Alex Archer series, and if so, what do you think? Share your comments with us below.

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