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Defying Fate

(Descent #6)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,046 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Elise Kavanagh has exorcised demons, slain gods, and come back from the dead. And she's done it all with the help of James Faulkner: a powerful witch, and the only person Elise has ever loved or trusted.

But now the worst has happened. The Treaty protecting humanity from war between angels and demons has fallen. Elise has been taken by her greatest enemy and imprisoned in m
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Red Iris Books
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Previous rating: 4 stars. And a quarter.
New rating: 4.5 stars. And three quarters and a half. Because reasons and stuff.

And the moral of this rereread is: it is a truth universally acknowledged that all angels are bloody shrimping assholes.

👋 To be continued and stuff.

Honeymoonish Buddy Read (HBR™) with my Dearest of Wives (DoW™), aka Choko

Previous rating: 4 stars.
New rating : 4.35 stars. It's pathetically low, I know. I'll try and do better next time.

And the moralsssssss of this r
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons, urban-fantasy
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the demon slaying Sarah and the crustaceans!!!

This series is getting serious with the demon and evil angel take over of Las Vegas! After the complete shocker of an obduction, Elise is missing and James is a determined to do some damage man! Not only does he have to worry about said esoteric creatures, but the Union is being an extremely unreasonable pain in the ass as well! Ghhhhrrrrrr! James is making himself into an attack ready mage, while his son and his mom are tr
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Now it's starting to be a bit more interesting (maybe because it's approaching the end).

I'm hooked! Can't wait to see what happens!

Also, this was a very fast read, no idea how I got to the end of this so fast.

S.M. Reine
Apr 02, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I know I keep saying fabulous things about this series, but it’s completely true. This book was yet another installment of everything I wanted!

In this book, we get 100% James kick-assery from his perspective (with others thrown in). Ever wonder what James was thinking in some scene 3 books ago? We get it here! I was so excited that I never wanted this book to end. Yes, James made some questionable decisions. Yes, he deserves a punch in the face. But boy, I can’t wait to see how this series ends!
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I might need a few minutes after reading this book. Or a week. I don't know. A lot happens. A LOT. And I'm all flaily hands at things now. So, if this doesn't make sense, blame S.M. Reine. *nods*

Seriously, I don't know if I know where to start. I mean, THINGS HAPPEN and they aren't all good. We're given answers to questions we didn't even know we should be asking and OMG!WTF?I HATE THE UNION.

So. Elise. She's not in this book much. Which is funny because every step James takes here is with her in
Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
Holy Cow! I thought the last one was torturous. Defying Fate took the smidgen of me that was left and ran it through a blender. On puree. I hate S M Reine a little right now :) At this point I'm afraid to read Paradise Damned. ...more
Elena Linville
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Unlike the other books in the series who are focused around Elise, this one is told from James's POV. And we are dealing with the aftermath of the events that happened at the end of book 5, as well as getting answers for all the questions we accumulated during the previous books. Like why was James sent to find Elise? Why did he run away with her and never went back to Hannah? And plenty other answers about his coven. None of them are pretty, but then again, most people are rather awful in this ...more
damn, damn, just ... damnI know how things are mostly going to go, but maaaaaaaan. James you wanker.
I see now that Stephanie and Hannah were his penance for being a butthead. I think he did it subconciously, lol.

Reine writes such flipping awesome characters.
Fangs for the Fantasy
James Faulkner, the most powerful witch in the world is facing some pretty bleak times. Elise has been taken by her worst enemy and greatest nightmare - and he is at least partially responsible

She seems beyond rescue, but there’s at least his family he can take care of and get to safety… and some old friends who he definitely owes

But when even that derails he turns back to Elise - even is rescuing her may mean walking through hell itself

The last book saw a massive change in the direction of the
Alexandria Woods
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it

We finally get to the secret that is James and it's a good one. He was supposed to watch over Elise until she was ready to face God because when he first tried to take her back to the garden, Metaroan said she wasn't ready and Landon delivered the message that she was to stay with James instead. So fresh from being almost frozen to death, James was ready to turn her over but was thwarted. Elise isn't the most emotional but I wonder how she might react to knowing James's secret.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have no idea what to say about this book that couldn't be considered a spoiler. I think that, mostly, the theme can be distilled down into the knowledge that nothing comes without cost, and all actions have consequences.
I appreciate that in this book certain characters are trying to rectify some of the more outrageous mistakes they've made recently, even though in some respects they actually end up compounding those mistakes, but... surely, good intentions have to count for something, right? R
Melanie Page
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this next installment, readers follow James as we learn who he really is and what he'll do to make up for egregious past mistakes and betrayals. But at what cost? This is a guy who is screwed one way or the other.

The setting is always clear, even as James and Nathaniel travel across a giant skeleton or are falling through the sky, and there is always an emotional punch when characters die, disappear, or are revealed as lacking the agency we thought they had. There's nothing quite like learni
GJS Fireheart
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, liked-it
This book was really refreshing and unravelling considering the dire blood's conclusion. I was really shocked and hated James in that book. The sixth one made me understand a lot. Sara reine has an unique way of story writing. The whole series is mixed all over with revelations and secrets unravelling and unexpected surprises in every page. She has also given a wonderful And adorable heroine for urban fantasy readers all over the world.
Julia Stephanie
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
As this tale nears its conclusion, I feel a lot more like it's spiraling into meh. I want to know how it'll end, more details of how things came to be, but for whatever reason the Elise/James thing REALLY bothers me. And what is Maetatron trying to accomplish now aside from the obvious? I guess I'll find out in the finale. ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as the previous book, but it was still good. ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Doesn't disappoint!

Addictive as all the others and leaves you hanging and anxiously awaiting to read the final one to learn about my favorite characters.
Sam Allen
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Better and better - and a cliff hanger...
Laura Figueroa
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

The story is attention grabbing and has unexpected twists that keeps your attention. Can't wait to read the next book.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read
Jessica Marie
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved having this one told by James.
Jaime Hendrickson
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series was my best find of 2013. I am so entranced by the writing and the characters that I can't break free of the characters even when I stop reading. This book is one of my favorites of the series. I must warn Elise fans, there is not much of her at all. If I would have known that before reading reading it I probably would have thought wouldn't like it. I mean I love reading about Elise. but this book is about James and his story. And what a story it is. Before reading this book, I wasn' ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
So we enter the world of James Faulkner whose spell casting is legendary as is his association with the God Slayer. After learning of his duplicitous nature in the last book, I was initially reluctant to read his story. While this book lacks the intensity of Elise's presence it does enlighten us as to how James felt being born into a life he couldn't escape and his conflicted feelings for Elise that spanned the entirety of their relationship. Secrets and lies were such a big part of his story th ...more
Mar 14, 2014 added it
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE NATHANIEL!!! This kid rocks! All the spells he can do, magic his father wasn't capable of believing that anyone but he could master. His sense of loyalty and that typical pre-teen boy trying to be a man, stay strong...don't cry. But what's going to happen to him now that he's fallen into Metaraon's hands? James, WTH have you done now.

And don't even get me started on all the ways James has disappointed me. How does one lie for 10+ years, to the woman he supposedly loves?!?!? Do
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was almost entirely from James's point of view, and I was really looking forward to it. However, it just kind of left me wanting, and not because of the author or the writing. All of those things were amazing, and I have to give the author credit here, because it was James himself. I was pissed at him, and I don't even know how the author wrote it out without chopping him up into tiny bits. Love Elise? From the moment you saw her? PFFFFFT. I don't believe you, James and I hope Elise do ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I did love this book, I was a bit disappointed that Elise played no role in the plot. She was a ghost character. Someone mentioned and talked about, but never there. I guess that's why James is on the cover and not Elise.

The plot takes us on a great adventure through different realms and portals with James and Nathaniel. I loved seeing their interaction.
I was a bit a lot annoyed by the union's continued chase after James. After spending the last book reading about it, they are like an ann
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Book/novella 6 in the series. James Faulkner is trying to find a way to save Elise Kavenaugh. The problem is that he may have contributed to her dire situation. How can he now reverse the direction of 'fate' that has sent them both on a path that probably won't end well for either of them? This story is from James perspective and continues to reveal the backstory of the dynamic couple. His secrets have been hidden well but they are revealed and set the stage for the final book in the series.

Julie Matthews
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
As I said in the previous review, I read this book and Dire Blood back to back.

In this series, we've seen our plane, Earth, filled with mortals, demons, and angels. We've seen glimpses of Heaven and how it interacts with our world. And in the last book, we got a good look at Hell and its inhabitants.

Now, we get to see Hell through the eyes of a father and son as they seek to right the wrongs of the previous book. And it's as much fun as it sounds!

James has a son with Hannah, and this boy, Natha
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Darlene by: SM reine
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
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Descent (7 books)
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