Synopsis: Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.
Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.
Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.
But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.
Review: Ordained is the first book in the new Immortal Archives series by Devon Ashley. The lead character, Abby, loses her mother tragically, and is then raised by the Order. They train her to be a huntress, but also use her in experimental training - training that breaks her, and opening her up to an inner evil. Abby is a bad-ass character who is gritty, and hard-core. She doesn't take crap from anyone. I also enjoyed the secondary characters Emily and Noel - Emily is my favorite character. She has strength of character and is overall more likable than Abby.
Devon Ashley draws you in and hooks you, starting with the prologue. I loved reading and learning about Abby's past. I found Devon Ashley's spin on how vampires come to be, interesting and different from a lot of the other vampire books out there. The story is intense and very emotional in places. Ordained is fast paced and action packed. I cannot wait for the sequel!