Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.
But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora's school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.
As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret - one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.
And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await...and where supernatural powers run wild.
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Great beginning to fantasy action adventure books!
Forsaken (The Forsaken Saga, #1) by Sophia Sharp is an interesting take on the origins of an ancient society, and perhaps, even the beginning of the universe (which isn't clear until later in the series). This book focuses on Nora, a typical high school student in the Pacific Northwest who is frequently caught by teachers daydreaming. Frustrated by Nora's inattentiveness, one of her teachers assigns Nora the task of tutoring a tall, dark, and handsome new student, Hunter, in Math after school.
As Nora gets to know Hunter (especially after he saves her from an inevitable rape at the hands of Nora's childhood crush), Hunter shares with her that he is from an ancient race known as the Vassiz who can walk in the dreamworld. It's after he takes her to the dreamworld that Nora's life goes to "hell in a hand-basket". The rest of the book is pretty much Nora and Hunter on the run from the Vassiz who are tracking them down to essentially kill them. They escape capture with the assistance of the reclusive Raphael whom they befriend and who lives beneath the ground in an intricate system of tunnels and caves.
While comparisons to the Twilight series and the Vampire Diaries are inevitable, I think the Vassiz legend is unique in itself and is actually more similar to the Carpathians in Christine Feehan's "Dark" novels. Plus, I continually fell asleep reading the Twilight series because they were so repetitive with no real plot line. In comparison, I couldn't wait to start the next book in the Forsaken saga immediately after completing one book, and all stories are an interconnected fight of good versus evil, which comes to a glorious conclusion - with no loose ends - at the end of the series in Foretold.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Pam Lorence. She had great intonation and pace, including differing voices for male and female characters as appropriate, as well as teenagers and more mature adults. Her narration certainly contributed to my enjoyment of this book and the entire series. In summary, this is a great beginning to this wondrous fantasy/romance quartet!
Don't waste your time on this book