Invasion


Fiction - Paranormal
305 Pages
Reviewed on 11/14/2017
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Invasion by Roxanne Bland revolves around three different individuals: the alpha of a werewolf pack, Parker, Seattle's vampire master, Kurt, and mage Garrett. After failing at a tryst to stop Seattle's riots, the three start experiencing potentially damaging side effects when their auras start merging together. When Garrett wakes up covered in blood, she turns to her old mentor, Feodor, for guidance. Meanwhile, Kurt is experiencing a serious drain in his powers which, if discovered, could send others to challenge him. Parker struggles to mend his broken heart and a sudden thirst for blood when his love, Shen'zae Melera, returns to earth with the shocking news that her enemy, Mag Beloc, has followed her and will stop at nothing to get her back, even if it destroys the world. Despite tension and jealousy, the four are forced to work together to stop Beloc before it's too late.

The plot is layered and complicated, following Parker, Kurt, and Garrett's individual journeys dealing with their side effects, while also blending in Melera in space and a potential alien invasion. Roxanne Bland flawlessly weaves each thread together, building upon each one and bringing them together into one succinct story. The world is gritty and the core characters are forced into hiding, pretending to be human, for in this society any supernatural being is executed upon proof of what they are. They constantly live in fear of being discovered, but they're also dealing with supernatural politics. If Kurt shows weakness, he can be challenged and killed, with his position going to the winner.

Though they're powerful supernatural beings, Bland makes them realistic, emotional, and allows for you to form a real connection with them. They have so much at stake, due to their auras blending together, that it's easy to understand what they're feeling. This makes them a bit unpredictable because they're willing to do whatever they can to protect themselves. This makes them a little dangerous, but also sympathetic. They're all wonderfully flawed, but there's something good about each of them that makes them redeeming. The tension between them makes for an endearing plot, especially since they're literally connected to each other, and forced to rely on people they're not particularly fond of at the moment. Garrett lied to Kurt and Parker about the tryst, while Kurt also betrayed Parker, and then it's topped off with a dose of jealousy, making for a fun read. Invasion is a marvelous blend of science fiction action, magic, a gritty society, and romance.

Divine Zape

Invasion by Roxanne Bland is a gripping story that will delight fans of the supernatural, a story with a monumental conflict and strong characters. Meet Kurt, Garrett Larkin, and Parker Berenson, powerful creatures whose auras are mysteriously bound, thanks to a spell that went awry. Now, the auras of a vampire master, a mage of Balthus Coven, and an alpha of the werewolf pack are woven together, and that is serious cause for worry. Their relationship is threatened by jealousy and love interests. As if their auras being bound together wasn’t enough to create much fear, Parker’s love and interstellar assassin, Shen’zae Melera, has returned to earth. But her return has brought with her a much deadlier enemy, her nemesis Mag Beloc, who brings a fleet of warships with him and who may have very disastrous plans for earth.

I was hooked from the very beginning of the story with the description of the vampire regent and Master of Seattle, Kurt, whose powers are diminishing and who is terrified. The author does a wonderful job in weaving the setting seamlessly into the narrative, allowing readers to get clear images of where the action takes place. The plot is strong and it is punctuated by intense action. The characters display strong levels of emotions. The conflict is well-developed and it exists at different levels — emotional, psychological, and physical. The reader immediately becomes keen on following the key characters and their fates. Roxanne Bland shows a lot of ingenuity when it comes to plot, featuring a powerful and original concept, and conflict that creates excitement around the characters. Invasion features great and balanced writing with exceptional characters; it is a delightful read.

Romuald Dzemo

Invasion by Roxanne Bland is a great entry in the supernatural genre, with compelling characters and a powerful plot. Three paranormal characters are doomed by the interconnectedness of their auras, the result of a failed spell — Kurt, the vampire Master of Seattle; Garrett Larkin, the Mage of the Balthus Coven; and Parker Berenson, the most handsome and alpha of the werewolf pack in the city. While these characters struggle to find a way of gaining control of what is happening to them, they are faced with a huge challenge: Parker’s sweetheart and interstellar assassin, Shen’zae Melera, returns to Earth, tailed by her nemesis, Beloc. Beloc, with his fleet of spaceships, means business and what he plans to do could have devastating consequences. Can Kurt, Garrett, and Parker deal with their problem in time to mount a strong resistance?

Here is a book that transforms the reader’s reading experience into something superb. The characters are infused with great depth of humanity; the plot is rich and atmospheric. In Roxanne Bland’s masterful hands, characters get an exciting world of their own, with magic brushing the reader’s senses as they quickly believe fiction to be real. From the very first page, the reader is caught up in a stream of powerful emotions, pulled into a conflict they follow keenly to the end. The descriptions are rich in detail and the reader will appreciate the exciting dialogues. Invasion stands out because it is original, with characters that feel real and a plot that is crafted to take the reader on a one-of-a-kind adventure. This is a page-turner, engrossing and delectable.

Arya Fomonyuy

Invasion by Roxanne Bland is a great success and a story that will blow the minds of paranormal fans. Get into the exciting world of vampires, werewolves and witches, and follow an extraordinary phenomenon —the auras of a powerful vampire, the leader of a Coven, and an alpha of a werewolf pack are linked mysteriously, thanks to a spell gone wrong. When the story opens, Kurt, the vampire Master of Seattle, is experiencing great weakness in his physical strength and he is getting more upset as every moment passes. The conflict quickly escalates with the return to Earth of an intergalactic assassin, the love of Parker, the werewolf. What is most disturbing about her return is that she is being hunted by a powerful enemy, Beloc, who brings a fleet of spaceships with him, and who represents great danger to Earth. Can the powerful creatures find a way to reverse the curse on them, sort out their differences, and resist the enemy poised to invade their world?

Roxanne Bland has written a covertly seductive, realistically detailed novel, with characters that display a lot of grit and stamina, characters that readers will enjoy following. The plot is emotionally charged and she explores the strong conflict at different levels, surprising readers when they least expect it. She has the gift of taking a popular genre and stretching its contours to reveal aspects that will surprise and entice readers. Invasion scores on multiple levels — from the cunningly measured pacing to the sophisticated plot, from the biting suspense to the memorable characters, from the tantalizing prose to the richly constructed setting. It is immensely satisfying, a novel with characters that literally coerce the reader to follow them.

Rabia Tanveer

Invasion by Roxanne Bland is the story of three beings from different species, but when the need arises, the three of them join hands to save everyone else on the planet. The novel follows Parker (the leader of a pack of werewolves), Melera (an alien assassin), Garret (the beautiful mage of Balthus Coven) and Kurt (Master of Seattle Vampires). A spell was cast to stop the fight between the humans and the supernaturals (the zots) so that there is peace. However, when the spell was cast, it nearly destroyed three of the most powerful zots on Earth.

Kurt is close to losing his vampire nature. True, he got to have the abilities of a mage, but his essence is not at stake. With his powers weakening every day, he is on the brink of exposure and being overthrown from his position as the Master. Garret is the beautiful mage who now craves blood and there is nothing that she can do to stop it. Her ex-lover, Parker, has problems of his own; the Alpha of the werewolves has a girlfriend, an alien assassin, Melera, who has finally returned to Earth but she has brought someone far more dangerous with her. Her nemesis wants to end her life and capture Earth. Can these three powerful zots save Earth or will they fall prey to the spell that has weakened them?

It is a fast paced novel that grabs the attention of the reader from the very first chapter. Opening the novel by showing the “Master” terrified leaves a very poignant impression on the minds of readers. I felt that the author, Roxanne Bland, handled the two sides of the races really well. There were the zots (dark, dangerous and powerful) and then there were humans. The story is dark, richly woven and impressive. I loved reading it and enjoyed the way the characters were introduced and developed to their full potential. Brilliant!