This is a prequel to the Guild Hunters series. But in fact I think it won't make much sense unless read after book 1, as it's too short to go into muc...moreThis is a prequel to the Guild Hunters series. But in fact I think it won't make much sense unless read after book 1, as it's too short to go into much detail about the world, and would be confusing if you jumped straight into it.
In the Guild Hunter world, Angels are real and in charge. They're powerful and immortal, and have been around a long time, hence they're prettty much running every city in every country. And they're not all harps and clouds, due to their longevity and inbred feelings of superiority, they're mostly very jaded and sometimes malevolent characters. Angels create vampires to serve them, they choose only among the very elite of the favoured families, and the vampires must serve them for 100 years in exchange for their gift of immortality. And then we have the Guild Hunters, who are a company of humans hired to deal with vampires that disobey their Angels, break their contract or turn rogue.
Ashwini is a Guild hunter, and Janvier is a cajun vampire whom Ashwini has had to hunt many times, but each time he has gotten himself let off. This time she needs his help on a mission. An Angel wants one of his missing vampires found, but its more than just a simple case, it's part of a larger scheme of powerplay within the vampire and Angel circles. And for Ashwini and Janvier it's more than just a simple job, long used to working against eachother, Ashwini is having trouble resisting her long-time attraction for Janvier now that they're working together.
I thought for a short prequel it was very good, despite the lack of follow through to all the sexual tension, but I expect there'll be more of them in one of the later novels. I did like hearing more of the intricacies of vampire/angel interaction and contracts etc. And I love Nalini Singh's characterisation of her Angels, they're so far removed from humanity that they're almost unable to interact normally with humans, and there just so creepy..
After the last couple of bad eggs, I told myself I was going to give up on this series. Yet here I am reviewing the 5th book. And I know exactly why I...moreAfter the last couple of bad eggs, I told myself I was going to give up on this series. Yet here I am reviewing the 5th book. And I know exactly why I went and read it; When I first got into Paranormal Romance, and got completely addicted to the genre. The Lords of the Underworld was one of the first series I got hooked on. And in Book 1:The Darkest Night, Aeron was my favourite secondary character. So now that we're on book 5 (not counting all the inbetween short stories), and it's finally Aeron's story, I decide to cave in and read it.
Fortunately it wasn't actually quite as bad as the previous ones.
Aeron is the keeper of the demon Wrath, which means that he witnesses visions of people's sins, and is compelled to enact punishment upon them in keeping with the manner of their sins. So he's the one that murders the murderers, beats up the wife-beaters and tortures the psychopaths. (I'm not sure if he ever had to rape a rapist, luckily that never came up). To remind himself of all the horrific acts he's been forced to commit, he's had them tattooed over every inch of his body. He has violet eyes (like his brother Maddox), and he is rarity among the demon-keepers in that he has wings.
Olivia is an Angel who has been charged with killing Aeron, as punishment for all the atrocities he's commited. (Which I find difficult to get my head around considering he only enacts punishment upon bad people, but then I suppose Angels think they have a monopoly on divine justice). Olivia has spent a long time secretly observing Aeron, and grown quite attatched to him, so she refuses to kill him. She ends up having her wings removed and falling to earth in order to pursue him as a mortal. But if she won't kill him, you can bet that some other Angel has already been charged with the duty.
Yet again, I find myself somewhat disappointed in a series that doesn't live up to my expectations. As I was writing out the little summary, I found myself thinking 'Wow this sounds good, why isn't it this good?' I just think, perhaps Gena Showalter's writing isn't quite up to doing justice to her own ideas. Which is probably cruel of my to say so, but I'm sorry it's just how I feel.
Although there is a marked improvement over the last book. I think it's mainly because Olivia is less annoying character than say Bianka the harpy. She's not preoccupied with texting or constantly talking like a dumb teenage bimbo. Yet at one point she does go for a slutty makeover. Urgh.
Originally in the first book Aeron was also described as having eyebrow piercings, unfortunately no piercings mentioned in this novel, not sure where they're supposed to have gone. Call me shallow, but thats a chunk of Aeron's appeal lost in writers limbo.
One of the things that does irritate me is that despite being somewhat individual to begin with, Gena Showalter's characters all end up exactly the same once they're having sex. Every female and every male are alike once they get down to it, and all characterisation is just out the window. And why do all her female characters start thrashing their heads around when they're having sex? It's like they've got epilepsy. not sexy.
In conclusion. Not as bad as some of the others. But oh how do I wish the writing was as good as the concept. I wonder if I can stop myself from reading the next one..
Continuing straight on from book 1. Elena has recently awoken from her coma, after being saved from near death by Raphael's kiss; the kiss that starte...moreContinuing straight on from book 1. Elena has recently awoken from her coma, after being saved from near death by Raphael's kiss; the kiss that started her transformation into an angel. Elena has her wings, but she's still very weak, she's still growing into her immortality, and she has to begin the long painful process building her strength up and learning to fly, alongside dealing with her new addition to her hunter abilities, which seems to allow her to scent angels and not just vampires. Archangel Raphael must make sure that Elena is ready in time for a visit with Lijuan, the oldest and most powerful of the archangels. Lijuan has lived so long that her power has sent her beyond anything considered sane or human, and Elena has to be ready for anything. And then at home at the eyrie Elena has become a target, many angels are jealous of the first angel created in centuries, or perhaps they're just power hungry, or simply out to kill, who knows with angels, they're not usually all that nice in these books.
I ended up rating the book low, because although I love the ideas in this book, I just became so bored several times in this novel. It was just so slow-moving in parts, and I guess I have a higher expectation of romance novels these days. The overall plot just moved at a glacial speed, interrupted so often by multiple flashbacks to Elena's past (which were totally OTT sickeningly emo), and frequent tiffs between Elena and Raphael (because Raphael is very possessive and domineering, but this can come across as irritatingly unatractive, 'alpha males' are overrated).
In so many places the author's writing was very clumsy and awkward, leading to having to re-read various scenes to figure out what exactly what went on, who stood where, how did he get in front of her, was that her left or right arm or a third arm...?? I think the book just has a dire lack of proper editing, too rushed.
It's a pity, because I would like to like this book, I remember liking the first one, and the mini prequel, but this was just uninspiring.
See my other reviews of the Guild Hunter series: ← #0.5 Angel's Pawn | #3 Archangel's Consort (to read) → (sorry, #1 not yet reviewed)(less)
Lore is half human, seminus demon, brother to Eidolon Shade and Wraith. He is also an assassin, enslaved to pretty...moreThe 4th book in the Demonica series.
Lore is half human, seminus demon, brother to Eidolon Shade and Wraith. He is also an assassin, enslaved to pretty nasty Demon. Lore has only one more kill to earn his freedom, and his newest assignment is Kyrian. But Kyrian is a sentinel, a close friend of his newly found brothers, and is a primori - a human being important enough to be guarded by an angel. If Lore doesn't complete the kill, his sister Sin is going to be killed.
Idess is an angel, a memitim, a class of angels that have to act as guardian angels to the primori, sometimes for hundreds of years before they can earn their wings and ascend to become true angels. Idess's current charge is Kyrian. But when Lore makes his first attempt on Kyrian, Idess gains another Primori to protect - Lore.
Now Idess has a big problem, how to protect two Primori, one of whom is attempting to kill the other. Her first solution is to chain Lore up in her bedroom... which is a risky thing to do with a seminus demon.
Considering how cheesy that last bit sounded as I wrote it.. it sounded more cheesy on the blurb of the book, and yet it really turned out well. This is because Larissa Ione is such a great writer. Because yes it's about sexual tension, but she also builds her characters enough for it to be more than that..
Lore especially was a very interesting and complex character with hidden depths. Longing for a relationship with his brothers, but desperate to save his sister.. he feels so much guilt about her childhood without him, and has a constant need to protect her, despite her independence. And as he becomes more involved with Idess, things become so complicated for him.
Reading this novel after a few really cheesy ones in the same genre, really made it clear to me what a good romance novel is about. And if it's not well written, or if it's too cliche it's just going to be boring. But this one was a clear 5 stars, and I'm glad I came back to the series. Can't wait to pick up the next one on Lore's sister Sin.