Monday, April 21, 2014

Title: Before the Storm
Author: Claire Ashgrove
Rating: 4 Shooting Stars

Halle Rhoads has a terrifying gift--she can kill with the fury of the storm. She should have known that kind of power wouldn't go unnoticed. Thrust into a world full of dark magic with a handsome stranger who claims he can teach her, she struggles to master her abilities and stumbles onto a dangerous truth. 

She's a windwalker, the chosen vessel of the ancient dragons who once ruled the world. Many will stop at nothing to possess the power in her blood, should they discover her secret. With necromancers hunting her and Halle's closest allies guarding secrets, mastering her magic becomes a matter of necessity. But accepting her destiny is altogether different. For doing so means she must sacrifice everything.

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 Before the Storm begins with Halle trying to find the right time to kill her uncle. When she thinks she's found the time she gets interrupted by someone named Kale, who instantly knows her name and what powers she has. Things start to get a little crazy when Halle learns a lot more about herself, and this new person who is helping her.. These two start to form a relationship as they deal with all the heartache that comes with their powers... 

 This book was really good! I really enjoyed the characters, and the plot was wonderful. I only have one problem and that is what Halle did in the end. I'm not sure I can forgive her for that, I sort of thought it was cowardly even though I did understand why she did. I really liked her character through out most of the book though, she wasn't afraid to fight for what she believed in. And I also loved Kale, he was going to stand beside Halle no matter what just because he cared about her! Gosh, that was so sweet. Now I look forward to the next book!

Halle.” Kale sighed. “We can’t have this conversation here. There’s too many ears around. Come with me, and I’ll explain in private.” 

 It was all I could do to not burst out with a derisive laugh. Seven years of living on the streets taught a girl that private encounters with would-be kindly strangers usually left girls dead. “Do you think I’m stupid? I’m not going anywhere with you.” 

 “I’m afraid you don’t have much choice.” He rose to his feet, his voice strangely low and hushed. 

 Instinct warned me to step back as he approached. My heart kicked several beats, and I reached for the knife I usually kept in my back pocket. My fingers fumbled with the button that held the pocket closed. Before I could work it free, Kale had invaded my personal space. One large hand reached for me. 

 I whirled to run. 

 He caught me by the wrist. I skidded to a stop after less than a foot. Panic infused me, and I jerked on my arm. I couldn’t overpower this guy, not like the skinny, crack-addicted street thugs who gave me trouble now and then. Everything clicked into place in one, heart- stopping burst of reality. He had been chasing me. Now he had me. And I couldn’t get away. I was not going to die out here in the woods, damn it! 

 With all my strength, I kicked my leg back, hoping to connect with some vital part of his body and he’d drop to the ground. 

Instead, my heel jammed into his calf, but he’d moved so close I couldn’t have possibly done him significant damage. He didn’t even let out a grunt. Instead, he moved into me, wound both arms around my torso, and trapped my back against his chest. “Halle, be still,” he whispered, “Look.” Releasing one arm, he pointed at the hilltop in front of us.

 I lifted my gaze and met the unblinking stare of two, glowing red eyes. I had to be imagining things. Or the absence of light was playing tricks on my eyes. I blinked, shook my head, and looked again. 

 Now, two sets stared down at us. 

 Kale’s hand fisted around mine. His hushed voice filled my ears. “Run!” 

 I stumbled as he jerked me sideways. But two steps later, I matched his ground-covering stride, my long legs an easy pairing with his. Sapling branches snapped against my shoulders, whipped alongside my cheek. I didn’t feel them. 

 For the first time in my life, I was afraid.

Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy--a must-read for speculative fiction fans. She also writes as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance author Sophia Garrett. 

 In her non-writing time, she’s runs Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. 

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As part of Before the Storm’s release celebration, Claire’s sponsoring a giveaway of a $15.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below. In addition, she have several other opportunities over the next two weeks to win more prizes. To see complete tour dates, and the other release-week events, check out the Before The Storm Tour Schedule!

by Whitney Martin 2:00 AM 4 comments


  1. The characters and plot do sound good, and now I want to know what happened at the end with Halle

    1. It was really good! You should check it out. :)

  2. Thanks for hosting me today! I'm glad you enjoyed the read as well!

    1. Your very welcome! It was very enjoyable. :)


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