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ARC Review: Knight Awakened by Coreene Callahan
Knight Awakened

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: December 4, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Series: Circle of Seven #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 443
Format: ARC


“Knight Awakened is a phenomenal start to Circle of Seven series. A world with prophecies, witchery and dragons, Ms. Callahan delivered a brilliant story” ~Under The Covers

Knight Awakened is a phenomenal start to Circle of Seven series. A world with prophecies, witchery and dragons, Ms. Callahan delivered a brilliant story. What I have learned about this author after reading Dragon Fury is that she is great at world building. I have also come to expect lots of action, suspense and romance complete with steamy scenes. Knight Awakened has all that and then some. Ms Callahan surely did NOT disappoint!

“And out of the ashes seven warriors shall rise. Bringers of death, they shall wreak vengeance upon the earth, until shadow is driven into darkness and only the light remains.” ~The chronicles of Al Pacii/Knight Awakened

A completely different world from her Dragon Fury series, this book is set in the 1300’s AD. Life all around is not easy. Torture, slavery aNd death are everywhere but most of all, power and control is always at play. Xavian Ramir, an assassin hired to capture Afina Lazar’s, the Priestess of Orm for that very purpose. She alone has the power over who rules Transylvania. The question is what will Ram do with her.

Xavian and Afina are complete with strength, weaknesses and with a complicated past. In my opinion, it makes their actions more realistic and understandable. I thought they were good together. I love that their romance was not rushed. They did not have an insta-love but their attraction was definitely palpable. They had some sexy scenes together, you will not be disappointed in that department.

The secondary characters were also intriguing. The two villains, Hallal and Vlad played their role well. They are who you would love to hate. Power hungry and pure evil. Henrick, is one I’m sure to have a book of his own. Skilled, deadly but has a good heart. I’m betting he will be an alpha to his mate.

Take note that this is neither a pocket book size story nor a typical Historical Romance. The novel is longer than full-length and it has an EPIC feel to it. Mark my words, this series will make it’s mark in the Historical and PNR genre. This is definitely one of the my best reads for 2012!

The official video of Knight Awakened is up on Youtube and the characters were as I imagine them to be. I thought it would be cool to get a good visual of the two sexy leads.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Coreene Callahan

After growing up as the only girl on an all-male hockey team, Coreene Callahan knows a thing or two about tough guys, and loves to write characters inspired by them. After graduating with honors in psychology, and taking a detour to work in interior design, Coreene finally gave in and returned to her first love: writing. Her debut novel, Fury of Fire, was a finalist in the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest in two categories: Best First Book and Best Paranormal. She combines her love of romance, adventure and writing with her passion for history in her novels Fury of Fire, Fury of Ice, Fury of Seduction, and Knight Awakened. She currently lives in Canada with her family, a spirited golden retriever, and her wild imaginary world.

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Thanks for the great review! Now I’m definitely going to be checking out this book!

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Erin, Thank you. Hope you like it.

Maria D.

Thanks for the review! adding this to my shopping list – I love the dragon series

Under the Covers Book Blog

I love Dragon Fury too. This one has a different feel to it. but really good too.

Joanne B

Thanks for the review of this great new series. I liked the video.

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Thanks Joanne, me too. Hope you give it a chance.

Sophia Rose

I definitely want to try this series.

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Sophia, Hope you like it

Annette C.

Thanks Angela, you have found a book with all my favourite things, going to add it to mt TBR list right now 🙂

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thank YOU Annette, I’m glad you’re adding it. Hope you get to read it soon.

Lori Meehan

Wow I loved the trailer. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the great review.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks Lori, the Vid really give a good pix of the characters.


Coreene’s books are on my wishlist-thanks for the great review!

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Thanks Timitra! hope you get to it soon

trish dechant

I am already in love with Coreene’s books in her Dragon series, but now I see that I have another new series to look forward to! Great review–I’ll be adding this one for sure.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks Trish!!! this book is really good!!! hope you like it

Great review! I’m just added this to my TBL 🙂

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Hope you like it Loupe! Thank you ~Angela


Sounds like a great book, and with such a sexy cover!

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Oh, yes. The guy in the vid is hot too!!!

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…prophecies, witchery and dragons – sounds awesome!

And the cover is amazing! 😀

I would love to read this book and definitely I will!

Thanks for the recommendation and wonderful review Angela 🙂

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