Tempest Black is nobody special. Orphaned as a baby, the only thing she has from her past is her unusual name. Now, at seventeen, she’s willing to give it up if it means she can disappear. What she doesn’t know is that, in the West, eleven have been sent to find her, and when they do, her whole world will change.
They are the Star Riders, those chosen by Adonai to protect the worlds from the forces of darkness. All alone, they search for the one prophesied to be at their side at the end of days. A special child with unknown powers who will change everything.
Although I have read many books dealing with angels, demons and the apocalypse, The Twelve managed to be completely different then anything I’ve seen before, making for a captivating story! The chosen Twelve are warriors for God essentially. They can travel between dimensions and have a “bonded” partner. They are the only ones capable of saving the world and stop the impending apocalypse. 10 of the Twelve are bonded accept for one: Bram. That is until the day he meets Tempest Black.
Tempest was a strong female lead easily paired with Bram. I enjoyed watching their struggle as they came to terms with who they were to one another. Although once they did accept who they were, the bond was a little too instantaneous and strong! I liked their relationship, I just didn’t get to see a whole lot of development.
The supernatural/scifi aspects of the book were suspenseful and entirely new to me as far as the the creatures and concepts went. Although, I will say the creature profiles kind of reminded me of The Mortal Instruments. I also really liked that “Adonai” or God was a very present being in their lives and in their fate. It made it seem more realistic (for lack of a better term). The action scenes were plentiful and the plot was swiftly paced. There is much promise for the Star Riders series with what is sure to be a lot to come. The Twelve was mostly intended to set the scene for what is clearly building to an apex in the series!
I would recommend The Twelve to any scifi fan, and anyone looking to get into a new paranormal romance series!
Victoria Perkins began writing at a young age and story-telling even younger. Starting in third grade, she wrote stories, some of which became the basis of her published works. After graduating from Kent State University with a BA in English, Perkins held numerous jobs, including working customer service and teaching at a private school before, in 2012, she began to work full-time as a writer.
She has had six young adult novels published: Reeves’ Island, The Last Summer, Three, Two, One, My Immortal, ‘m Cara, The Dragon Three, and Star Riders: The Twelve, as well as a short story collection titled This Weak and Idle Theme.
Perkins is currently employed as a freelance writer and ghostwriter, contributing to hundreds of short stories, novellas and full-length novels for clients all over the world, including ones that have made Amazon’s top 100 Kindle list as well as USA Today’s Best-Seller list. She makes her home in northeastern Ohio near her family.