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The Avenger PDF, ePub eBook For Alexandra Patton, the Time Raiders project sends the reluctant psychic back to 60 AD Briton - a world where she can barely understand the accents, let alone its culture of brutality and superstition. Armed only with her "freakish" ability to talk to the dead, Alex must use all her gifts to entice Caradoc, a savagely sexy Druid warrior, into helping her succeed in her m For Alexandra Patton, the Time Raiders project sends the reluctant psychic back to 60 AD Briton - a world where she can barely understand the accents, let alone its culture of brutality and superstition. Armed only with her "freakish" ability to talk to the dead, Alex must use all her gifts to entice Caradoc, a savagely sexy Druid warrior, into helping her succeed in her mission.What they discover along the way is pure passion.Now, torn between duty and the man of her dreams, should Alex return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything to begin anew in this strange and mystical land?

30 review for The Avenger

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)

    3 out of 5 stars. I finished that book yesterday ... it was good. I did like it but it was not my fave book by P. C. Cast, I was kind of disappointed in how it didn't really break at all from what she normally writes. Which can be a good and bad thing. =0/ Read more of this review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2010/04/www-wednesdays-april-7-2010.html

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Beatty Peterson

    This was fairly good. A bit different but still good

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A good read, I did not realise that this was a part of a set, but it was quite good on its own, do not feel compelled to read the others though!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kah Cherub

    read complete review here: http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2... I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Everybody is always going on about how you can't judge a book by its cover and all that, but, really. We totally do that. And I couldn't help but do it with this one. Good reviews not withstanding. This is actually the third volume of a series, but I skipped the first two and it didn't get in my way at all. I have to admit that the first few pages did drag a bit... yup, s read complete review here: http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2... I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Everybody is always going on about how you can't judge a book by its cover and all that, but, really. We totally do that. And I couldn't help but do it with this one. Good reviews not withstanding. This is actually the third volume of a series, but I skipped the first two and it didn't get in my way at all. I have to admit that the first few pages did drag a bit... yup, sort of boring, though necessary for the plot. But, quickly enough, things start to get interesting. I loved the way the story was set in the past! Celt traditions, clothing, way of speaking... the writing made it all so engaging and realistic! (In a good way, of course. There were no references to the bad realistic things, like lack of hygiene and all that. LOL. We really don't need those.). Anyway, the descriptions were so nice they made me wish I could see it for myself. Queen Boudica was a very strong female character, one I had certainly heard of before, but didn't know so much about. I especially enjoyed the 'built-in' mini history lessons about her and her people. They fit the story so well you didn't even notice you were learning. LOL. It's always nice to know more about important female figures. We don't have nearly enough of them. Go girl power! Alex and Caradoc were unbelievably cute. And highly amusing. I was cheering for them from the very first moment, but thoroughly enjoyed the slow progress of 'building trust'. None of that 'love at first sight' thing here. Sure, they were instantly attracted to each other and there was this sort of 'meant to be' vibe, but isn't there always? If you like time-travel romance, historical settings and strong female characters, you'll enjoy this book a lot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I thought The Avenger was a refreshing change from P.C. Cast’s normal niche of writing, but I also thought her writing somewhat improved when she wrote adult characters. The Celts were well developed and well described as Celts, though sometimes you could mistake them for being modern, but hey, it’s hard to write like you are from 60 AD, when you obviously have never spoken to them before. I thought the plot was well thought out, there was a point to the story and it was also interesting enough to I thought The Avenger was a refreshing change from P.C. Cast’s normal niche of writing, but I also thought her writing somewhat improved when she wrote adult characters. The Celts were well developed and well described as Celts, though sometimes you could mistake them for being modern, but hey, it’s hard to write like you are from 60 AD, when you obviously have never spoken to them before. I thought the plot was well thought out, there was a point to the story and it was also interesting enough to pull me in, and to make me keep on reading! There was a lot of descriptions which I thought was great, and essential. The fact that it is mainly set in the past made it more interesting that were descriptions.. it was cool to find out more about that certain past. I thought the main character, Alex, had an okay personality. She seemed to be a bit self absorbed, but it’s hard not to be when you have a task to do, and you are in such a new world! I also thought she could have had a few more things going for her. Okay so she has red hair and can speak to ghosts, but you don’t really get told much more about her! I like my characters richly described and interesting, so sue me! The overall writing was pretty satisfactory as well. I don’t think it was bad, but it wasn’t awesome, just good enough. Rating = 4 Stars All in all, I think I enjoyed the book, most elements were met and I believe the book was pretty good. However Alex could have been described and developed more. Caradoc I thought was a nice character, more developed than Alex, and he looked pretty good too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    may

    I am a huge fan of Cast's House of Night series but Historical Romance isn't normally my cup of tea. However, once I'd read a couple of chapters I was glued to it. To me the idea of a 21st century woman who can see the dead travelling back to the time of Boudicca to recover missing pieces of a medallion seemed a tad convoluted and a bit strange but it really did work. Cast made it work. There are a two main characters in this book. Firstly Alex who the story revolves around as she travels back to I am a huge fan of Cast's House of Night series but Historical Romance isn't normally my cup of tea. However, once I'd read a couple of chapters I was glued to it. To me the idea of a 21st century woman who can see the dead travelling back to the time of Boudicca to recover missing pieces of a medallion seemed a tad convoluted and a bit strange but it really did work. Cast made it work. There are a two main characters in this book. Firstly Alex who the story revolves around as she travels back to 60AD. I think she was my favourite character, brave and sensible yet kind too and she really held the story together be it at the beginning in the modern day or as the book zoomed back in time. Then there's the Druid Caradoc, with whom Alex must rely on if she is ever to fulfil her task of retrieving the medallion pieces. Caradoc is described as having a beautiful tattoo which marks him out. A relationship forms between the pair and there are explicit sections in the book as the love grows. It's not too detailed but is the reason for my 16+ guideline. The book is full of action and incredibly fast paced. It is was impossible to put this book down and I'd recommend it to you all. It really interested me finding out about another time when life was very different to how it is today. I'm also a fan of Cast's writing style so I think that aided my enjoyment too. All in all if you're looking for a gripping book with some history mixed in, try this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    The Avenger is a tale of ghosts, time travel, war, revenge and romance all in one novel. My expectations for this book weren’t very high. I don’t like PC Cast’s House of Night series; I can’t bring myself to read any further and I’ve only gotten to book three! So I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Avenger. I can honestly say that I’ll definitely be reading more adult paranormal romance in the future. I loved the historical setting of this novel. The Roman empire’s reign is an era of histo The Avenger is a tale of ghosts, time travel, war, revenge and romance all in one novel. My expectations for this book weren’t very high. I don’t like PC Cast’s House of Night series; I can’t bring myself to read any further and I’ve only gotten to book three! So I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Avenger. I can honestly say that I’ll definitely be reading more adult paranormal romance in the future. I loved the historical setting of this novel. The Roman empire’s reign is an era of history that has always fascinated me so I was pleased to learn that The Avenger is set in 60 AD and surrounded Boudicca enacting revenge on the Romans. Learning more about Boudicca and her story showed me what a strong, powerful woman she was and how she fought back at the wrongs that she had been dealt. I really came to admire her. The beliefs and traditions of the Celts aren’t something I’ve come across before and I finished the novel wishing that they were still around today. The Druids are tied to the environment and the elements and draw strength and even magic from them. And then there are the spirits, priestesses and goddesses that make up their everyday lives. I love it! I’m really glad I gave PC Cast another chance and hopefully I’ll get to read more of her adult books in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sammee (I Want to Read That)

    3.5 Stars This was good fun. I thought the book didn’t take itself too seriously and was better for it. I loved the time travel aspect of the story and enjoyed the 60 AD setting. I was fascinated by the history of that period and would definitely be interested in reading more about Boudica. It was much more spiritual than I expected it to be but in a pleasantly surprising way. I enjoyed all the magical aspects and the drawing of power from the land – but some may find too much detail is included 3.5 Stars This was good fun. I thought the book didn’t take itself too seriously and was better for it. I loved the time travel aspect of the story and enjoyed the 60 AD setting. I was fascinated by the history of that period and would definitely be interested in reading more about Boudica. It was much more spiritual than I expected it to be but in a pleasantly surprising way. I enjoyed all the magical aspects and the drawing of power from the land – but some may find too much detail is included as it slowed down the story in some parts. I did find myself really interested in it though. I also found myself rather taken with Caradoc – the Druid Alex meets in the past. Their story is really sweet and is my favourite aspect of the book. I had a good idea how the story would end but I enjoyed the journey there. In fact I thought it got really exciting towards the end and I raced through the last part of the book. This is an adult book though so there are a few scenes that would not be appropriate for younger readers. Cast's House of Night series is aimed at older teens and although this is a different kind of story I think those fans will most likely find something to enjoy here too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I have enjoyed P.C. Cast's book for quite some time, particularly her Goddess Summoning Series. I picked this book up because I noticed it was about the Celts and as soon as I turned to the first page, I was hooked. Cast is a wonderful storyteller and it's apparent just how much hard work and research she put into making this book come alive. The idea of a Soul Seeker and Goddesses as well as Gods being alive was a wonderful concept and found myself wanting to know more about this particular era I have enjoyed P.C. Cast's book for quite some time, particularly her Goddess Summoning Series. I picked this book up because I noticed it was about the Celts and as soon as I turned to the first page, I was hooked. Cast is a wonderful storyteller and it's apparent just how much hard work and research she put into making this book come alive. The idea of a Soul Seeker and Goddesses as well as Gods being alive was a wonderful concept and found myself wanting to know more about this particular era. It was a story full of love, adventure, time traveling and the realization that sometimes what you're looking for has been within reach all along. I can't wait to read the rest of these novels and other books by this amazing author! This book I highly recommend to anyone looking for some history and a bit of sci-fi with romance thrown in. Many Kudos to you, P.C. Cast!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    This was a great book. I really enjoyed reading this and was pulled in and emerged in the story and characters. I loved the characters and could feel and sense everything. This was written amazingly well and had me in these times and places. I could picture everything perfectly. I smiled, laughed, was happy, a little warm sometimes, teared up some, wanted the bash and beat 'someone' extremely, felt the hope and despair, and everything in between. The pages flew and the time passed too fast. This This was a great book. I really enjoyed reading this and was pulled in and emerged in the story and characters. I loved the characters and could feel and sense everything. This was written amazingly well and had me in these times and places. I could picture everything perfectly. I smiled, laughed, was happy, a little warm sometimes, teared up some, wanted the bash and beat 'someone' extremely, felt the hope and despair, and everything in between. The pages flew and the time passed too fast. This is definitely worth reading deserves some shelf space. I've read maybe only one other book in this series and I remember liking it. This is a series I will be keeping a closer eye out for. Completely Enjoy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    K

    Much to my suprise, I really enjoyed this story. Upon reading the summary/description, I was unsure what to expect. But being a fan of the author and paranormal romance, I thought why not? I think the main things that I liked were that the writing and story was very similar to Cast's Goddess Summoning Series, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and that although this book is part of a series, its a story all its own. As with her other books, I liked the strength and independence of the herione, her use Much to my suprise, I really enjoyed this story. Upon reading the summary/description, I was unsure what to expect. But being a fan of the author and paranormal romance, I thought why not? I think the main things that I liked were that the writing and story was very similar to Cast's Goddess Summoning Series, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and that although this book is part of a series, its a story all its own. As with her other books, I liked the strength and independence of the herione, her use humor, the time travel to the past element, and ofcourse the romance! I'm not sure if I will read the other stories in the Time Raiders Series, but I would definately recommend this book to other romance and/or paranormal romance fans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    OMG, I love PC Cast. First book in years where I finished and went "What!? NO! This can't be the end!" It was too good. I always feel empowered when I read her stuff. The girl always finds a way to save the day without depending on the hero. She's actually smart and yes she makes mistakes but it's always written in a way that feels natural. The cover doesn't do the book justice. I never read the series before this one (technically book #3) and didn't have any problems understanding the plot. In OMG, I love PC Cast. First book in years where I finished and went "What!? NO! This can't be the end!" It was too good. I always feel empowered when I read her stuff. The girl always finds a way to save the day without depending on the hero. She's actually smart and yes she makes mistakes but it's always written in a way that feels natural. The cover doesn't do the book justice. I never read the series before this one (technically book #3) and didn't have any problems understanding the plot. In fact, because Queen Boudica was in this and the heroine is from the present, it felt more like PC Cast's Goddess Summoning series. *Note to self: Read House of Night series* Full review to follow

  13. 4 out of 5

    TINNGG

    Mmmm.. more of a 3.5 I guess. I didn't really feel the romance for one, and for another, the whole thing seemed...rushed, like maybe that plot would have been better in a full-sized novel. Some nits to pick - a person born a priestess, just in the wrong time/country? Eh? I mean; I can understand that she sees dead people but the whole "untrained priestess" thing there was a bit much to swallow. What if she'd been a nun? Being pressured to join the group to time travel - emmmm.... no. And... she was Mmmm.. more of a 3.5 I guess. I didn't really feel the romance for one, and for another, the whole thing seemed...rushed, like maybe that plot would have been better in a full-sized novel. Some nits to pick - a person born a priestess, just in the wrong time/country? Eh? I mean; I can understand that she sees dead people but the whole "untrained priestess" thing there was a bit much to swallow. What if she'd been a nun? Being pressured to join the group to time travel - emmmm.... no. And... she was allowed, even encouraged, to go back to stay? Slight side trip: Supposedly 12 people were lost in the original project. Why, when the principals figured out how to retrieve, didn't they send a recovery team? Were they clueless as to where those 12 landed or...?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Clarke

    3.2 Stars. Public Library 10/11/14. This is my first book in the series and as each book is written by a different author I figured I'd be safe just jumping right it. I've read several of Ms. Cast's books and enjoyed them so I'm going to blame my partial enjoyment on this one to it not really being a standalone. I liked the idea for the the series and story but the characters just didn't come to life for me. Even the relationship between Alex and Caradoc didn't feel natural as it came out superf 3.2 Stars. Public Library 10/11/14. This is my first book in the series and as each book is written by a different author I figured I'd be safe just jumping right it. I've read several of Ms. Cast's books and enjoyed them so I'm going to blame my partial enjoyment on this one to it not really being a standalone. I liked the idea for the the series and story but the characters just didn't come to life for me. Even the relationship between Alex and Caradoc didn't feel natural as it came out superficial and rushed. Overall the book felt like a short story lacking that extra bit that takes it to the next level. If you like time travel, misogynistic bad guys, ghosts, gods/goddess, and Celt warriors this book is for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    In the beginning I approached the book with apprehension as it was so cryptic and odd. I plowed through and slowly but steadily became intrigued with the ancient Celtic culture and goal oriented characters. Once I was fully emerged in the historical setting, culture, and customs I began to enjoy the intricacies of the budding romance and suddenly it seemed I could not read fast enough. No longer being distracted by the paranormal aspects I came to see it more as a shimmering backdrop to a truly In the beginning I approached the book with apprehension as it was so cryptic and odd. I plowed through and slowly but steadily became intrigued with the ancient Celtic culture and goal oriented characters. Once I was fully emerged in the historical setting, culture, and customs I began to enjoy the intricacies of the budding romance and suddenly it seemed I could not read fast enough. No longer being distracted by the paranormal aspects I came to see it more as a shimmering backdrop to a truly unique love quandary. I especially appreciated the happily ever after supplied at the end of book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pepca

    The Avenger has both good and bad sides. Nevertheless, the positive things outweigh the shortcomings in and make it a compelling read. Read full review on my blog, Beyond Strange New Words. RECOMMENDATION: Those who love historical/time travel romance will most probably find The Avenger a fast and entertaining read which is hard to put down. Also, despite being a part of series, The Avenger is in fact, as well as the other Time Raiders books, a book which can be read as a stand-alone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    Normally I don't even look twice at this kind of series romance. But I've read most of P C Cast's book and enjoyed them all, so when I stumbled over this book I gave it a try. It wasn't bad, but it could have been a lot better. And I'll bet most of the shortfalls are due to the series restrictions. The story would have benefited from at least 50 more pages. Cast spent so much time on the setup that she ran out of room and the climax and ending felt very rushed. (But the setup was really well done Normally I don't even look twice at this kind of series romance. But I've read most of P C Cast's book and enjoyed them all, so when I stumbled over this book I gave it a try. It wasn't bad, but it could have been a lot better. And I'll bet most of the shortfalls are due to the series restrictions. The story would have benefited from at least 50 more pages. Cast spent so much time on the setup that she ran out of room and the climax and ending felt very rushed. (But the setup was really well done!)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This was my first series romance, so I'm not sure if this is normal, but there were tons of editorial errors, even on important things like the main characters' names. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed it. It was about time travel, but only on the surface, and it took place during Celtic times, which was fun. The characters were well developed for the amount of space she had, and the plot was exciting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Toppin

    What an amazing story. I was practically inhaling P.C. Cast's House of Night, so when Amazon suggested this one, I read it in a day and a half. I just couldn't put it down. It all seemed so realistic and natural. But I was a bit disappointed at the end, I didn't want it to stop. I wish there would be a sequel to their story. I want to know what happens next, how they go on and how and when they leave Rome. This can't be the end...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia

    This is a paranormal - time travel/sci-fi/romance set against the backdrop of Boudica in 1st century AD England. It's one of the Time Raiders series where people have to travel through time to find pieces of a medallion which offers the key to freedom from an alien race. I love anything with Boudica. And the time traveling heroine falls in love with a druid from the learning center at the isle of Mona or as I say Ynys Mon. So I loved this and highly recommend it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I miss reading PC Cast! Romance, drama, engaging story lines - you can't help but dive right in. I always have a hard time putting any book of Cast's down once I start reading them. This book was no exception. Parts of it - the whole time travel, saving the world was of course more to keep the book in line with the Time Raiders series which I haven't read any of.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Sadly, I'm quiet dissapointed. I'm a huge fan of P.C. Cast's books, but somehow I wasn't impressed by this one at all. Everything was too fast. The love of the hero and heroine, the war... They seemed to be in a rush with everything. And the end was a little odd. So yes, i got used to much better stories and plotlines from P.C. Anyhow, i liked the era and mytology part.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ~Leslie~

    It was closer to a 3 than a 2 but I just couldn't give it a 3. I've read other books by this author and some I've liked and some I haven't. This falls in the I sort of liked it and sort of found okay. The idea has merit, I didn't connect with the female main character at first and then she seemed to have a radical change in personality. I found myself skipping large parts of it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adrienna

    Once I started reading, I realized it was the third book in the series. However, I was able to read it without reading the previous series but now it has me wondering did I miss something. It was well-written but difficult to really connect to the story itself.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cakes

    I really enjoyed most of the book; I didn't so much like the part about the soul shattering...Kinda boring, But other than that I like it. I think I'll have to pick up some more of the Time Raiders books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is beyond my own words. It left me speechless, breathless, and surely doubtful of finding another that is just as good. Time travel, love, and adventure. Surely a book anyone would lust over.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sondra Boudreau

    this story was about a woman of today that went back in time to get something and meet a man from her dream that help her get the thing and sent her back but not before they fall in Love. God she is a luck woman.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    The book was good, i always loved the timetravel romance books. It was well-written but difficult to really connect to the story itself and seemed kinda fast pasted in some places.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Harriet

    Enjoyable time-travel that takes place during Boadicea's rule in Briton. The editing was strange - there were even a couple of times where the main characters' names were incorrectly spelled!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This was a good read type of book. I enjoyed the leads, the plot was interesting, and I liked it. This is the second time raiders book I've read but I have to say I didn't love it as much as book 2.

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