*** Standard disclaimer *** I received a free ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*** Standard Warning *** This review con*** Standard disclaimer *** I received a free ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*** Standard Warning *** This review contains spoilers for events in the last book "Torn by Fury" and may contain minor spoilers for "Sins of Eden".
Last time we left Elise, the Gaul’s worst fear had come true, the sky was truly falling. Now we are a step further… standing at the brink towards oblivion. All the dimensions are transforming, being turned into literal hell-pits by a demon ascended to godhood – Belphegor. Elise’s arc enemy has found a way into Eden and entered the origin, turning him into God and setting a new genesis in motion which threatens to destroy the whole Universe in order to prepare it to be remade. The only way to preserve the lives of friends and loved ones, to save humankind from extinction, is to kill the newborn God.
One of the most shocking turns in “Torn by fury” was the death of Rylie Gresham. For the wolf girl who could never fully reconcile the violent nature of her wolf with the peaceful nature of the girl, death might have been an inevitability. She tried to hold too many secrets, tried too hard to stay non-violent in a world descending into madness. Some of us readers found ourselves wondering about how calm and collected Abel appeared after the violent death of his mate. “Sins of Eden” leaves no doubt over the Alpha’s grief, letting us experience all his pain and anger. A major strength of the story was for me how the early parts of it played out as a sort of legacy to the memory of the wolf girl. We can see how everyone she met in her life, but especially how Elise and Abel have been transformed by her. Avoiding violence may not have worked out for wolf girl, yet it changed the people around her, which lends Rylie’s life posthumous a poetic message of hope – which may seem a bit ironic with the world facing complete destruction. At the same time, those where the hardest parts to go through, the grief of Rylie’s family, her mate, her daughter, her son, and that of her demon best friend Elise – for their pain felt much like my own.
With the dimensions freely bleeding into one another while the Universe around them collapses comes the return of the angel we love to hate – Leliel. Not to witness the end of her enemies, but to help them, because the impending reconstruction of the Universe also means the end to her dream of New Eden. Naturally Abel isn’t thrilled by the idea of letting Leliel help them, in fact far as he is concerned the world can go to hell, which it is in the progress of doing anyway, if only it means that he gets his revenge on the one responsible for the death of his mate.
The God turned demon Belphegor may not have a care for the world, which he is all too willing to show, but he has plans for Elise. First, however, he’s going to break her – by making everyone she ever cared about suffer and die unless she finds a way into Eden and to kill him. The first may prove difficult, the latter impossible, even for the Godslayer.
A lot of tension, and non stop action building to a furious finale, plus heart rending scenes of grief and pain make for a gripping, satisfying end to the series – all that, and Elise’s memory of a terrific sweet moment of romance between her and James, on the evening they decided to retire from the demon hunting business. A scene that was enough to make me momentarily forget all the evils James had done – because how can you possible keep hating a guy who’s shown himself capable of such a romantic display of his feelings.
It’s fair to say that in a series that was all about transformations and people changing, James Faulkner’s character arc was the most surprising to me.
Reading a series is like a love affaire, and so I close this chapter of my life with a laughing eye and a crying eye – saddened by the thought that I may never meet these characters again, happy for the time we’ve got.
I’ll be damned if I don’t already miss my Rylie. :)...more