Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Title: Assassin's Touch (Iron Portal, Book One)
Author: Laurie London
Release Date: November 1, 2013

ARC received by NetGalley

Two worlds. Two enemies. 
Haunted by loss, Cascadian assassin Rickert D’Angelus is on a mission of vengeance. Determined to stop the Pacifican army from finding a portal to his world, he leads a group of warriors into New Seattle with one goal—to kill all Pacifican soldiers. 

Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities. Now, the former fashion designer is the Pacifican army’s hottest commodity in their fight against the invaders. 
When Rickert discovers a beautiful, unconscious soldier on a cold mountain ledge near the portal, he realizes she’s a Protection-Talent and cannot be killed. To prevent the army from using her skills again, he takes her as his prisoner instead. 

One fated touch…

But when he pulls her into his arms, a sexy and compelling vision appears, awakening something inside him. Something he can’t ignore.
Torn between duty and passion, Rickert must decide if the vision is a Talent trick designed to foil the enemy or the answer to his deepest desires...

Book Review 

I have been meaning to get my hands on another of Laurie London's books. And I am glad that I picked up the first of her newest series. It is novella lenght and was just the right amount to help introduce this unique story of two very unique worlds. 

Neyla Trhiorn is a reluctant soldier for the Pacifican Army. She has a Talent--where she can throw out a shield of protection. This Talent of hers was accidentally discovered after she survived a horrific train wreck. She and a few of the others around her survived while hundreds perished.  

And now she is on a mission with her team to help discover a hidden portal where supposed barbarians cross over and are responsible for killing thousands in her world. They are also the ones responsible for bombing the train that led to Neyla's accident.

Rickert is is from Cascadia--another world that is more primitive than those named Pacificans--and is one of many men sent to make sure the portal into their world remains hidden. Years ago, Pacificans entered their world, killing people from Rickert's village and taking what did not belong to them. He is out to make those that killed his people and his sister suffer. 

During their mission, one maniacal soldier tries to kill Neyla--his own teammate-- and ends up on the wrong end of the knife. Rickert, who has been watching the private showdown, steps in when things turn ugly and saves Neyla from certain death.

And when Rickert touches Neyla, strange and foggy images of what seems to be an impossible future appear. Rickert is stunned to note the vision is of he and this stranger making love. 

Not sure what this vision means, but knowing that he must take Neyla back with him through the portal. To his world. He must find out the truth behind these erotic, yet disturbing images. 

What follows is a great telling how two people from different worlds come together and slowly learn things about the other--things that they thought once as fact turn out to be something else. Who exactly is the enemy? The Cascadians? The Pacificans? 

And it all comes to a shocking climax when deeper secrets are revealed about Neyla's origins...

A great beginning to what is sure to be a great series. 

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