I really really like where Rowland is taking this series. It's brilliant and exciting. The previous books as paranormal police procedurals were very e...moreI really really like where Rowland is taking this series. It's brilliant and exciting. The previous books as paranormal police procedurals were very entertaining, but this book, almost completely set in the demon realm, was extremely fascinating. And, holy schnikes, does Kara's world get flipped, and mine a little too. Some things I didn't want to be true. But, really, I ain't even mad; it's too good of a story.
This one doesn't end with a maddening cliffhanger like the last one, but I'm still very much looking forward to seeing what Rowland comes up with next. (less)
So here we are at Reseph's book. How would Ione present a sympathetic Reseph? He (or at least his demon side, Pestilence) was pretty darn evil through...moreSo here we are at Reseph's book. How would Ione present a sympathetic Reseph? He (or at least his demon side, Pestilence) was pretty darn evil throughout the previous three books. Would his siblings be able to forgive him? Would Reseph be able to forgive himself? Who the heck is their father?
Ione addressed all these questions wonderfully. For the first half the book Reseph has no memory of who he is or what Pestilence did. Reaver saves him from his torment in hell, takes his memories away, and puts him in the path of Jillian Cardiff. She has been living alone on her property near a mountain town and avoiding others after she was attacked by demons. She's very surprised to find a naked man lying unconscious on her property.
As Reseph tries to remember who he is, he helps Jillian try to figure out who is killing her neighbors. Jillian is not sure if she can trust this man. The more that is revealed about Reseph, the more dangerous he seems. But she also can't help falling for him either. Reseph may not know who he is, but he knows he likes Jillian more and more every day. Their growing feelings for each other will truly be tested, though, when Reseph regains his memories.
I loved Reseph's playful side. His playfulness balanced Jillian's seriousness really well. Jillian's strong. She'd have to be in order to live through a demon attack and help Reseph deal with his guilt. They're a great pair.
The Four Horsemen siblings have been searching for the identity of their father for a long time. They finally get answers in this book. Maybe others will have figured out who he is, but it was a nice surprise for me.
This is a great ending to the Four Horsemen's series. Ione knows how to write a fun and steamy story set in a unique world.
I've been looking forward to learning more about Jason since book one of this series. He's the silent spymaster with the hinted at dark past. I was so...moreI've been looking forward to learning more about Jason since book one of this series. He's the silent spymaster with the hinted at dark past. I was soooo happy when Singh announced Jason was getting his own book. Finally we get to learn why he is so silent and emotionless. His story is so sad and tragic. Gosh, I can see why he doesn't trust emotions, why he pushes them deep inside. He only sees darkness within himself and doesn't believe he could ever have a real connection with anybody.
But he finds himself captivated by Princess Mahiya. They meet when he offers his services to the archangel Neha to discover who killed her consort, Eris. Mahiya is the daughter of Neha's sister and Eris. Neha did not take their infidelity very well - killing her sister and imprisoning Eris. Mahiya is now virtually a prisoner in her aunt's court and dreams of freedom. And now that her father is dead, she fears there is no reason for her aunt to keep her alive. She's a very strong character. Mahiya never let her aunt's cruelty break her. And she's smart. Jason never really stands a chance - he's drawn to her almost immediately.
Added to that story line - we get some great moments between Dmitri and Honor. I was happy we got a little continuation of their story. And this book begins a story arc that hints at great upheaval and devastation. Label me intrigued. (less)