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Dire Blood

(Descent #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,306 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Elise Kavanagh died while killing the mother of all demons, and her fight should be over. But nothing is ever that easy where the Godslayer is concerned. Elise has been resurrected--and she came back as a demon.

Now the most powerful witch in the world, James Faulkner, has been dragged to Hell and accused of violating an ancient treaty. The punishment is eternity in Hellfir
Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published December 28th 2012 by Red Iris Books
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And the moral of this rereread is: There's nothing quite like a wonderfully relaxing, all-inclusive holiday in hell with Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner, if you ask me.

Those guys from the City of Dis, such party animals they are.

👋 To be continued and stuff.

[February 2017]

Fear Not My Dear For I Will Be There to Hold Your Hand While We Read this One Buddy Read (FNMDFIWBTtHYHWWRtOBR™) with my Dearest of Wives (DoW™), aka Choko

Previous rating: 4 stars. Me, young, naïve, didn't know any bette
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with my lovely Sarah, because I am terrified to read this series on my lonesome!!!

This series has been one terrifying experience after another and I am not sure my psyche is built to withstand this amount of constant danger!!!! The only thing that has kept me going so far, apart from the loving caring support of my Sarah, is the fact that I know there are more books left in the series and the main character is not going to die for at least that long. And by die, I mean
S.M. Reine
Aug 07, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Christyn (The Book Cafe)
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I... what... how... WTF just happened!!

Yup, that's essentially the reaction I had after reading the final 1% left on my kindle...literally about 5 times just to attempt to process that ending.

I've really enjoyed this series so far, every book seems to just get so much better than the one before it. This book is more James focused which after the previous three being pretty much evenly split was an interesting change. Especially being that Elise isn't fully the Elise from the previous books.

It t
I'm starting an I Hate Cliffhangers Club. Who's in?
A freakin abrupt crackhead cliffhanger. AGAIN! I seriously can't stand those. But I also can't not read these books as soon as I see that it's out. ugh, I need more self control.

Anyway, this is another good addition to the series. A lot of things are finally revealed in this book, so that at least was pretty satisfying. I also loved the introduction of Nathaniel - that is one cool kid. The writing is still pretty awesome - Reine is one of the fe
"Finally," he sighed.

"Finally"....what? WTF JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?!?

That can't be what I think. Can it?

F*ck, I hate cliffhangers!
Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
This book put me through the wringer.
And when it was done; left my desiccated carcass out to ossify in the sun.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure I can write a review for this one. I'm speechless. The ending kind of made me want to throw my Kindle, until I realized it might break.

Okay, okay. Seriously.

In the 5th book of The Descent series Elise is back and ends up in Hell fighting to save her aspis, his ex fiance and their child. Picking up shortly after the ending of the previous installment Elise is found by Nathaniel, the son of James and Hannah, who needs her help retrieving them from Hell where they were dragged s
Samantha Kane
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
James what have you done!?! SM Reine what have YOU done! Make it better! Make it right! Oh god I’m off to read the next book praying to the book gods and goddesses that Elise is ok. *Sobs* Why would you break my heart so... Miss Reine why?????
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't understand the ending and i don't like it
But except from that it was fine
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was so much better. EXCITING. THRILLING. The best of the series so far.

What I loved:
-The plot is stroking THE GREAT. The pace has always been constantly good in the whole series but it got so much better this time! There were less flashbacks and all of them were INCREDIBLY MEANINGFUL. For the first time I didn't fear to get lost among them.
- Great insight at James teenage years and SUPERB interventions by him.
- Amazing reborn. If I say anything else I will have to spoiler tag
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can adequately express how terrified I was to read this book. Elise's life isn't easy in any way, shape, or form and her death and rebirth as a demon just felt HUGE. I was afraid! AFRAID! But I shouldn't have been. Because no matter whether she's a freakishly powerful human or a freakishly powerful demon, she kicks ass and takes names.

She also gets her heart ripped out a time or two. Not literally.

I honestly LIKE Elise. She's prickly. She doesn't have many social skills. She's pa
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
James felt like a piece of himself was missing and he was shell shocked that she could actually be gone. The beginning of this book recaptures the feelings that James had for Hannah and their past history together with the coven, filling in the gaps about their relationship and the evolution of his growing power as a witch. His new travel destination is unexpected to say the least and the consequences of his journey will be dire and far reaching for everyone. Old enemies will resurface with a hi ...more
I purchased this as an ebook from Amazon.

Ok this is going to be a little weird. My review will actually be for Books 1-6 in The Descent Series,
Death's Hand
The Darkest Gate
Dark Union
Damnation Marked
Dire Blood
Defying Fate

The reason is I became so obsessed in reading the next book that I didn't bother to stop to write a review. Really who'd want to write a review when you could be with James and Elise traveling through inter-dimensional gates to hell, fighting angels and demons or coming back from
Kaisa "Giga"
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome, angels, uf, sm-reine
Elise is back. Better than ever. She died and mother of all demons made her a demon with al kind of cool powers. James does not know, he thinks Elise died, and is almost mad with grief. Only thing keeping him sane is the knowledge that he has a son. And he's on a mission to find him... And gets dragged to hell.

Elise is badass. Really badass. Like the most Badass of all badasses. James comes to his senses and realizes where his true feelings are. Oh James! He's maybe the most complex character I
Toni ~married to a hunk~
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Ara Prado
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to follow soon...
Fangs for the Fantasy
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elise died in the last book. But she’s not going to let that stop her - she’s back and she’s a demon. Much to James’s concern

But the most powerful witch in the world doesn’t have time to adapt to this. Nor can he focus on his newly found, magically powerful son (and budding Elise sidekick) or reconnecting with his ex-fiance. Because he’s been kidnapped and taken to hell to stand trial for breaking the Treaty of Dis

Elise is not going to stand for this.

I expect a lot from the Descent Series

I expec
Alexandria Woods
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it

Elise is back with a bang and with new looks. Pale skinned, black hair, black eyes and with curvier feminine attributes. She has new powers upon her resurrection or whatever it was as a demon, something along the lines of what Yatam was but since Elise isn't not fully aware of all of her abilities, we don't know for certain what she can and cannot do. The phasing to shadow is the most impressive ability in her new arsenal and the ability to transport others even through dimensi
Melanie Page
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elise is back from the dead, but she's not quite the same. Certain features -- her eyes, hair, and lack of battle wounds -- are all different. That, and she can jump between shadows like a nightmare. Turns out, letting Yatam drink blood from her thigh to make him mortal might have had some unintended consequences!

James, thinking Elise is dead, is dumped off in Colorado where his old coven still operates. While there, he and his ex-fiancee, Hannah, and nabbed and taken to Hell, where James is acc
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you ever feel like screaming incoherently? Yeah, me too. I love these books, I love Elise, and these books have driven me to the extent that I'd happily take out every single idiotic, lying man in her life because honestly she deserves SO MUCH BETTER than all of them? I'm... speechless, I just finished this book and I'm so mad that I can't even think straight. I don't want to get into specifics, because spoilers, but my biggest takeaway from this volume is pure, unadulterated, murderous rage. ...more
Elena Linville
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book the most in the series so far. I think it's because so many things came to head, but I will remain vague not to give out any spoilers. Unanswered questions finally got answered, some things were resolved and some others started. Anthony is finally out of the picture (and not a moment too soon, in my opinion). James and Elise finally resolved their problems (sort of).

Oh, and we meet Elise's parents, for all the good it did us. No wonder she turned out the messed up psychopath s
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Woah that was such a good cliffhanger ending. Have I mentioned how much I'm loving this series? It's so good and each book keeps getting better. ...more
Julia Stephanie
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wtf did I just read?! That ending!!!
Laura Figueroa
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Attention grabbing

The book is attention grabbing that keeps you hooked until you finish. Eager to read the next book to see how the story continues
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read for a book in a great series with everything in them. Over the moon when James and Elise got together as I've wanted it to happen since the first book. ...more
Ash  Grey

Was there even a doubt?

PS: The 6 stars are not a typo.

I love this series for so many reasons. I really like her take on demons and hell, its facinating. Her descriptions of demons were freaky enough, but to have her descriptions of hell itself were awesome. We finally get to know more about Elise's parents and about the time period when they had gotten together, her mom and dad are something else ... just something else, and Jame's past. I want to speed read through the rest and gobble up the next series
I've read some of her other series and had a
Mar 14, 2014 added it

Okay, this ending has got me tearing my hair out. I was happy they finally get together and this happens, and I'm not even sure what "this" is. After fighting all manner or demons, seeing the evil that is her parents, getting used to being a demon and learning James has a son Elise finds herself where she has been fighting never to be again.

Oh, this book was a roller coaster ride. I finished it in less than 24 hours because I couldn't wait to
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A lot of this book is the background we have been waiting wait...its the background on Hannah and James we've been waiting for..what? So getting some of the background on James was interesting but it did not answer any questions about Elise. So much of this story is about 10-15 years ago that it really slowed the pace down for me. None of it even answers anything about Nathaniel. Loved him by the way! Really kinda glad that Anthony is gone, don't even care where he went.
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Descent (7 books)
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