Monday, June 11, 2012

Review of VISIONS OF CHAINS by Regan Hastings

Visions of Chains
(The Awakening, #3)
by Regan Hastings

Visions of Chains by Regan Hastins
Release Date: June 5, 2012 US, 02 August 2012 Int'l
Publisher: Signet
Length: 384 pages


Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.5♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Witch

One of the Most Powerful Witches in the World

Eight hundred years ago, the original great coven of  seven witches attempted to gain power with a Black Silver Artifact. Instead, they opened a gateway to Hell. In atonement, the witches each hid a part of the Artifact and their power was bound. Now the time of the Awakening is upon the reincarnated witches, and it's within their power to withstand the dark call of the Artifact. Each witch has an immortal Eternal, their destined mate, who will serve as her protector and complete her powers. Together the witches and their Eternals must find the hidden pieces of the Artifact and reassemble them to undo what they did centuries ago.

Witches the world over came out of the closet ten years ago. Since then they have been hunted, tortured, and burned. There are groups fighting for witches' rights, however. Deidre Sterling, the daughter of the president of the United States, belongs to such a group. When she escapes the Secret Service to go on a raid to free witches, she finds herself kidnapped by a pro-witch terrorist group. While under fire during a raid, she discovers that she has powers and that she herself is a witch. She is one of the reincarnated witches of the original coven, and she is being held by Finn, her Eternal. Although desire flames between them, neither of them wants to complete the Mating that will bring them fully into their powers. Yet the fate of the world depends on their finding her piece of the Artifact, and time is running out. Along the way, they face a betrayal that threatens everything they believe to be true.


Finn is a good example of an alpha hero who is damaged and hurting inside from a past with Deidre that she can't even remember. He doesn't want to be hurt again, which makes him sympathetically vulnerable. He's in no way weak, however. He's big, strong, sexy, capable, commanding, honorable, protective--what more could you ask for?

Deidre might look like a Barbie doll, but she's a fighter. Fighting for witches' rights leads her to be kidnapped. Fighting back in a firefight leads to the awakening of her powers. Fighting with Finn leads to both problems and solutions. All her fighting is motivated by compassion, however. She's never simply--excuse the language--bitchy.

The plot is faced-paced and many-faceted. There are story lines involving the developing romance between Finn and Deidre, the significance of Deidre's disappearance to the president, the rescue of witches, and a number of betrayals. There is a subplot involving a missing Eternal that sounds like the set-up to a future book.

Visions of Chains can be read as a standalone book, but you'll enjoy it more if you read the two previous books in the series. They're listed below. By the way, Regan Hastings is the pen name of the prolific author Maureen Child.

Happy Reading!

Visions of Magic
The Awakening #1
Visions of Skyfire
The Awakening #2


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