Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness) by Violeta M. Bagia is an incredible story that combines different genres — thriller, mystery, romance, sci-fi — to create a riveting tale. Beautifully conceived and masterfully executed, the story is gripping, packed with action from beginning to end. At the start, the protagonist finds herself in deep trouble. “All I wanted to do was go out, get drunk, and dance. Instead, I was tossed out on my butt, banned from a not-so-fine drinking establishment and threatened with jail time. All of this because of one moron who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.” And that is how Ace gets thrust into a world of secrets, guns, and the agency.
She used to be one of the Special Forces agents, but she is about to get back into a world of fighting and espionage when she meets Agent Lazarev, a superhuman with skills like nothing Ace has seen before in her years of fighting. The invitation to join Agent Lazarev and his group that work for the government leads her to a more dreadful discovery. Ace isn’t just a perfect soldier, but a superhuman — one of the descendants of Angelic beings — and the one spoken of in a prophecy. When the balance of power is threatened, she could be the only key to restoring it and saving her kind from the Taker. But can she resist the overpowering darkness that threatens to absorb her?
Violeta M. Bagia’s novel is captivating, swiftly paced and loaded with action. I couldn’t finish reading this book without thinking about Christopher Pike’s novels and his awesome characters. Yes, fans of Thirst by Christopher Pike will adore Ace, a well-developed character that is interesting to follow. The prose flows like honey; it’s tight and features very compelling descriptions and great humor. The first person narrative voice comes across as irresistible and it draws the reader into the protagonist’s worldview. Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness) is a work of great entertainment for a wide audience.