Series: The Curse of the Templars #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tor on 26 March 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 Zodiac Challenge
Even though she doesn’t know it, archaeologist Chloe Broussard is about to unveil one of the holiest of holy objects, the Veil of Veronica. Templar Lucan of Seacourt is sent in to keep her and it safe from Azazel.
Lucan is in a bit of a quandary. On the one hand he has seen how happy his fellow Templars have become after meeting their seraphs and on the other he still finds it hard to put his trust in someone because his brother slaughtered his family centuries ago. Personality wise Lucan is very different to our previous Templars as he is a gentleman and treats Chloe with respect after having a brief happy dance moment that she isn’t ugly. Hmm. He’s determined to court her properly before revealing the fact that she is fated to be with him and he needs her in order to save his soul etc. He knows that Chloe can see demons and that she is very defensive when people interfere with her dig but he isn’t sure if that means she is special or that she has allied herself with Azazel. His slow and steady approach though is ruined when the relic is uncovered and he needs to find out whose side she’s on quickly.
Chloe is a talented archaeologist who had a former lover take the credit for her work and so is wary of charismatic men. She’s inclined to heed her brother’s cautions even if he has been acting oddly distant of late. If that wasn’t enough, she has been seeing an increasing number of demons around the site and they terrify her. You have to admire someone who in spite of her fear refuses to let it interfere with the all-important dig. I was also impressed that she refused to bow to pressure from both her brother and Lucan when it came to opening the relic box. She insisted on following proper procedure and cataloguing every step of the process. I was highly amused that the forces of good and evil were held up by administrative processes. The fate of the world rests in Chloe’s hands but nothing will stop her filling out her paperwork.
Yet again we have a heroine that refuses to commit to her Templar which causes serious injury. I would love it if the women were not constantly at fault. I don’t know whether this motif is designed to remind readers that it was Eve’s fault Paradise was destroyed or if it is just an overused plot device. I’ll give Ashgrove the benefit of the doubt and assume it is the former.
Please read this series in order so you can appreciate this increasingly complicated world. We are inching ever closer towards a big smack down and I can’t wait for the next book.