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    Storm of Visions by Christina Dodd
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  • Published: Jul 31st, 2009

christina_doddReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher Penguin
August 4, 2009
4.5 stars

Many, many years ago, twins were born and abandoned by their mother.  One was rescued by a group of nomads, who raised him and helped him develop his “gift”—the ability to make fire in the palm of his hand.  When he was older, he rescued other babies like himself; those who had been abandoned and who now possessed special gifts.  They were the Chosen Ones, the force of good in the world.

The other twin, a baby girl, was found by a witch who saw the unusual mark on the baby’s palm. And she knew that the girl was special.  The witch raised the girl, but instead of nurturing her, the old woman tortured the girl and fostered a sense of hate in her.  When the girl grew to be a young woman she predicted a terrible death for the witch, for her gift was the gift of precognition.  The witch’s death was indeed horrible, and the girl was the instrument of that death.  After she killed the witch, the devil appeared before the girl and tempted her to become his handmaiden and do his bidding.  He promised her power if she would find other abandoned babes like her and teach them to hate and do his work.  They became the Others, the darkness who battled the light of the Chosen Ones.  They fought for the Abandoned Ones and the right of who would turn these innocent ones to the path of light or the path of darkness.  Their descendents continue the fight.

Jacqueline Vargha has always tried to ignore her gift, running across the country, working in various jobs.  But she cannot run from her fate as a Chosen One.  She’s been working in the tasting room of a Napa Valley winery, trying to live a “normal” life, and one day Mr. Tall, Dark and Sexy walks in and all hope for a normal life is shot to hell.  After all, he’s one of the things she has been running from.  Much to Jacqueline’s dismay, it looks like fate, in the guise of her former lover, has not only come knocking on her door, but he just kicked the darn thing down!

Caleb D’Angelo has been sent to bring Jacqueline back to New York, so she can join the newest group of Chosen Ones, as is her destiny.  But since he left Jacqueline abruptly a few years ago and has not spoken to her since, he may have a little trouble convincing her to go with him.  But as head bodyguard to Zusane, Jacqueline’s mom and the current seer for the Gypsy Travel Agency (those who look after the Chosen), it is his duty to see that Jacqueline joins the rest of the Chosen.  The one thing in his favor is that the passion he and Jacqueline once shared is hotter than ever and their reunion is positively combustible.  But hot sex not withstanding, Caleb literally has to drag Jacqueline to NYC, practically kicking and screaming all the way.

They arrive in the appointed meeting place, a subway station.  The rest of the Chosen are already there, standing inside a chalk circle, which has been magically enhanced, making them invisible to the other people in the station.  Zusane is there and is perturbed that Jacqueline is the last one to show and that her reluctance to take her place as a Chosen One is so blatantly obvious.  Once everyone is together in the circle, Zusane has a vision of the destruction of the Gypsy Travel Agency.  The building and all within have been destroyed.  The only Chosen Ones remaining are the neophytes within the circle.  Despite their lack of experience, they must band together, because they are the only ones who can stop the Others from taking control and enveloping the world in darkness and destruction.

Christina Dodd has given her fans another winner with her new paranormal series, The Chosen Ones.  The battle of good versus evil once again takes center stage, and the action and suspense will keep you turning the pages until the very end.  Of course, there is a fantastic cliffhanger, which will make you glad that you don’t have to wait long for Book #2, Storm of ShadowsStorm of Visions is a nonstop thrill ride of explosive action, intriguing mysteries and red-hot sex.  Plus, fans of Dodd’s Darkness Chosen series are in for a treat, as one of the Chosen is a member of the Wilder family.  Paranormal romance enthusiasts will NOT want to miss this one!

9 Responses to “Storm of Visions by Christina Dodd”

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  1. Buffie
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 7:36 am

    Ooohhhhh, I can’t wait to read this one!

  2. KatiDancy
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 11:23 am

    It’s interesting. I’ve read reviews that are all over the place about this series. But I like the premise, I might have to give it a go…

    Great review, Gannon!

  3. Gannon
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 11:55 am

    Buffie and Kati, I really think you’ll enjoy this one. I love all of Christina’s books, but I think that she has found her niche with paranormal romance.

  4. Laura
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 2:41 pm

    What a nie veview. I am a huge C. Dodd fan. I loved the Darkness Chosen series, and was sad when it ended, so I will be going to the store Aug. 4 to pick this up. I’ve missed her.

  5. PJ
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 2:58 pm

    Great review, Gannon. I’ve always been a Dodd fan but have to agree with you on the paras. She’s definitely found her niche.

  6. Vanessa Kelly
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 4:11 pm

    La Dodd is an auto-buy for me, Gannon. Can’t wait till this book comes out!

  7. Janga
    on Aug 1st, 2009
    @ 12:46 pm

    I’m not a big paranormal fan, but I am a huge Christina Dodd fan. I’ll follow her whatever genre she chooses to write in. I thought the Darkness Chosen books were epic, and the Chosen Ones sound as if the tradition continues.

    But I admit I am even more thrilled that she’s writing another historical. 🙂

  8. Gannon
    on Aug 1st, 2009
    @ 4:44 pm

    Janga, I’d follow Christina anywhere, too. 🙂

  9. Cyndi
    on Aug 1st, 2009
    @ 9:05 pm

    Can not wait to read this series. Gannon so jealous that you have already read the first in the series. Christina does a wonderful job with the paranormals!

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