The Key Guardians #1
by Kelli Ireland
Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you.
Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight.
Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.
When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.
Kelli Ireland Bio:
Kelli Ireland spent a decade as a name on a door in corporate America. Unexpectedly liberated by Fate’s sense of humor, she chose to carpe the diem and pursue her passion for writing. A fan of happily-ever-afters, she found she loved being the Puppet Master for the most unlikely couples. Seeing them through the best and worst of each other while helping them survive the joys and disasters of falling in love? Best. Thing. Ever.
I got this for my honest review
I was completely pulled in by the synopsis alone. I mean you got Archangel of Death, Assassin who happens to be an Incubus, a Freak’s Fair and the Apocalypse. Dude..I was sold!
I have to say though it was a rough but enjoyable beginning. Although I liked all the different types of characters running the freak show and I like Dani ( Kind of a kick butt, trying to go unnoticed, imperfect heroine) and Cain ( alpha, loveable/hateable and hopefully redeemable hero/assassain) there was just something that made the story off. Maybe, it felt a little slow going or just at points rather cheesy. I’m not sure but it just made me think I was not going to like the book. But! I continued reading because like I said I loved the idea of the story and I liked the characters so surely it had to get better. It did! the plot thickened. The pace picked up. There was great action scenes then it did tend to slow a bit further in before picking the action filled pace up towards the end again but that slow part helped set up the story more.
I think the author did a wonderful job with the world building especially with the Freak’s Fair.
This book like many first books of series I’ve read just had to be pushed through a little but it did set things up for what I see to be an exciting series that I’m very much interested in continuing.
Intriguing story, Great Characters, Angels, Demons, Dhampires Apocalypse, Banshees, Action, Assassins, Fallen Angels, humor,heartache and hope. A whole great list of what makes for a great urban/paranromal fantasy. I’m personally looking forward to the next book.