Author: M.R. Merrick
Series: The Protector #3
Publication Date: December 8, 2012
After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.
Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.
Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made - especially regarding Rayna.
One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past - sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.
M.R. Merrick is fast becoming my go-to-guy for action. Whenever I start to get sick of the overly romance-y, love triangle or instalove themes that are so common in YA these days, he has never failed to deliver something refreshing. The Protector series is chock full of action and tons of fun.
I'm still a fan of our hero, Chase Williams. Sometimes three books into a series, you can start to get sick of someone, but I think because Chase continues to grow as a person, he maintains a reader's interest and compassion. Chase is by no means perfect, but that's all part of his charm. He's certainly a hot-head and tends to be a bit reckless, but he works on these flaws. And his good qualities, like loyalty and compassion, make him a hero you want to root for.
All in all, Chase has gotten a crappy hand dealt to him. First, he's kicked out of the only society he's ever known. Not to mention a father who has basically gone off the deep end. And now he's supposed to be The Protector, only no one will tell him what's going on! It's enough to drive anyone mental!
I enjoyed how we got to enjoy quite a bit of Vincent's backstory in this installment. I found it fascinating to read about how he grew into his annoying self. And we learned a few tidbits about Tiki, who I can't wait to learn even more about. I think his full story is going to be fascinating.
M.R. Merrick is one of my favourite indie authors and I will follow this series until the end, based on the awesome characters and the great storyline. If you haven't started this series, which has set the blogosphere buzzing, then what are you waiting for?
On the Cover:
I like how the covers for this series really seem to follow a theme. And I like how they are a bit different (no girls in fancy dresses)!
Rating: 4 hearts
Source: I received an ecopy as part of the Release blog tour
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