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Gideon's Promise

(Sons of Judgment #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  39 reviews
alternate cover edition for ASIN B00TWOE57E
His love will become her curse.

For centuries, Gideon has kept his secret, knowing that it could mean the life of the woman whose very heartbeat was his reason for living. But when Veil Creatures are slaughtered in their homes by those sworn to protect them, it may be up to him to save those he loves from a fate worse than death. W
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Published February 23rd 2015 (first published February 21st 2015)
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Ms. Ali Cat

Meet the Boys of Judgment!

I am more than willing to admit that I am a big effing fangirl when it comes to Airicka Phoenix books. I love them like sharks love chum and I act a little frenzied when I get a taste too. When I read Octavian's Undoing I was in a hotel in Anaheim, CA while my husband was enjoying Blizz-con. I was so gone on Octavian that he gave me a sore back. Well only because the electric socket in the room was faulty and I had to perch awkward-like on the chair to keep my e-reader
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Airicka Phoenix is def one of my favorite authors, and jumping back into the Son's of Judgement Series was phenomenal. There was so much action, drama, suspense. Every turn of the page had you wanting more, trying to figure out what's to come next. Valkyrie is very stubborn, head strong and set in her ways but we get to see another side of not only her but Gideon as well in Gideon's Promise. I loved the back and forth banter between these two. Gideon is hilarious and has you laughing so much, th ...more
Bawaka's  Book Fair
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Beta Read*

What can I say? This is a book had in a complete book hangover!

This book was well worth the wait for it's arrival! Gideon has won my heart. The way he lived his life so his true mate live in a life that wasn't her decision. We all know she's a hard ass.

There was so much insight to a few of the characters. Valkyrie has made it to one of my favorites. Her past, the horrific things her father made her go through. Gideon that always wanted to protect her from all she's ever known. I trul
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
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I think I am in love with this Author's style of writing. I absolutely loved these characters. We got to learn a lot about Gideon and Valkyrie in this story. They were phenomenal characters with deep dark secrets and wishes and I loved how the author broke down the book into two parts. Part 1 was all about Gideon's POV and part 2 was about Valkyrie's POV. The struggle for these two was real and it felt real the more I read the story.
A little birdie told me...
So... this one brought more heat, but not much else. It was long and drawn out: a string of misadventures tucked between a lot of just sitting around contemplating the same boring stuff. All that might have been okay if there had been a conclusion.

Sadly, there wasn't. The end was abrupt, too abrupt to even be called a cliffy. The epilogue set up the possibly predictable next novel in the series, Magnus' story.

Valkyrie wasn't as likable as Riley was in the first book. She just wasn't worthy of
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Again, more people need to read these books
Declarations of a Fangirl
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Holy crap on a cracker, Batman! Once again Mizz Phoenix does not disappoint. Gideon's Promise is book 2 in The Sons of Judgement Series and just like book 1, Octavian's Undoing, I could NOT put Gideon's Promise down. I fell in love with Gideon in book 1. He was all fun with a healthy does of badass mixed in. I was so excited to see that book 2 was going to be his book and was told from his point of view. It's always refreshing when the majority of the story is told from the male's point o
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Gideon’s Promise is the second book in the ‘Sons of Judgement’ series and this time around (as the title would suggest) it’s Gideon Maxwell’s turn to find his soul mate…… the thing is – he found her 300 yrs ago and kept it to himself! Gideon could be classed as many things, cocky, arrogant, funny, HOT….. need I say more? But one of those things I never saw him as was a self-sacrificing, protector of hearts. Gideon made quite the imp
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book! I forgot how much I had loved the characters in the first book, Octavian's Undoing, and so getting the chance to come back into this world and characters made me love the series/saga even more.

I liked how this time around it was in Gideon and Valkyrie's POV, because I liked it when they fought each other all the time and acted like they hated each other but in actuality it was obvious how much they wanted each other. Not only was the romance, hot and sweet at the s
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I was super excited to be reading Gideon's Promise, after I already fell in love with the whole family in the first Son of Jugdment book. And this book didn't disappoint at all!! It was great in every way possible.

I love it when you realize early on in the book that the two people you wanna end up together basically hate each other. Their banter is one of the things that makes this book so amazing. It's funny, hilarious, a
Joelle ★My Book Angel Blog★
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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***ARC provided for honest review***

Gideon's Promise By Airicka Phoenix was well worth the wait. This book blew me away. I had a few all nighters clutching my Kindle, my eyes glued to the pages, forever saying "just one more chapter." However, this book is one you'll find yourself not being able to put down.

I adored Gideon in Octivian's Undoing. He was sarcastic, brash, and at times immature, but he kept me laughing. I thought Octavian was swoon worthy but I believe Gideon has taken his brother'
Kimberly Schaaf
I have been waiting so long for this book. Octavian's Undoing was a work of art on its own. And though I fell head over heels for the eldest Maxwell brother, Ms. Phoenix laid the groundwork for what I knew would be an amazing story for Gideon. Snarky, sexy, with just a glimmer of something more...I couldn't wait for Gideon's turn.

This has to be the most flawlessly written story that Morgana has put out thus far. I felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading the pages of this book. The imag
Roxanne Kade
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book revived my love for the PNR genre. It was riveting and I was instantly sucked into this fantastic story of love, honor, loyalty and sacrifice. Immersed in the spellbinding world that Phoenix has created, I didn't want it to end, and with an ending that held so much heartache but so much promise I cannot wait for the next installment in this exciting series.

Phoenix's characters are kickass and so freaking lovable, even the those in leather with daggers strapped to them. I absolutely lov
Bonnie Rediske-
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We met Gideon in Son's of Judgment book one. The devoted brother who uses humor to cope. He has always been the protector, the voice of reason, and the one to make me laugh. Gideon has lived the last three hundred years with a secret. This secret tears a small shred of his heart from him every day.

Valkyrie was also a key player in book one and has carried over to a more featured part in book two. A fierce Hunter, she lives by familial code. Women are the strength of her race and virginity bring
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I have been dying to read this book because I LOVED Gideon in Octavian's book. I knew his book would be brilliant, and my god was it. I may have really liked book 1 but I simply adored this book. At the moment Gideon is definitely my favourite Maxwell brother. I have such a weakness for sarcastic, cocky guys. You will all fall in love with this golden-haired charmer who has the biggest heart.
Valkyrie was such an amazing character. I never really knew what to
Tanja Brewer
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never TRIED to make a book last as long as I tried to make this one last. I got so wrapped around and just plain wound into the story just begging Gideon to touch her just make her his already!! I was at 89% for 3 days!! Because so much was left to the breeze yet and I couldnt bring myself to keep reading because I truely didnt want things to end just yet. It sounds selfish but the truth. In this book Gideon is such an ass! But god do you fall for him more then you want to. This family ha ...more
Heather andrews
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Freakin' FINALLY!! Ya'll don't know how long I have been nagging, begging, whining, hounding, and just plain annoying this girl for this man's book! Gideon has exceeded all my expectations and more! I loved his sauciness, ballsiness, and brashness, "what can I say," he hoisted his feet up on the table and leaned his chair back on two legs. "Women either want to spank me, or strip me naked. Sometimes at the same time." When his mama tells him to strip the boy has no problem letting her know what' ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So much Maxwell action! I’m totally in love with all the Sons of Judgment. I never thought it could get better than Octavian’s Undoing but I was wrong. There is so much going on, mostly centered on Gideon (it is his book after all), and it involves all the Maxwell family. I was so happy to see Octavian and Riley, Magnus, Regulus, and Daphne too. There is so much that would spoil the book so I can’t go over it but I truly laughed, cried, felt so much love, and whole a range of emotions. I fi ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This world that Airicka has created is nothing short of terrifying and some characters are repulsive. However, then we have the Maxwell family. Four brothers on the side of good. Gideon is the main focus in this story loving his mate from afar. He has known that Valkyrie Devereaux was his fated mate for three hundred years. Valkyrie is a strong warrior, never emotional, never loved. She doesn't understand the strong and loving family dynamic of the Maxwell family. Gideon is ver
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's Gideon's book. We get more of his wittiness and charm. I loved him, he is so funny and doesn't take anything serious. Even in hard times he can throw a joke, appropriate or not. I didn't like Valkyrie as much as I did Riley. Once I saw her true personality I wasn't pleased. She doesn't make it easy for Gideon or his family. The relationship between Gideon and Val was rocking from the start and it didn't get any easier. There is so much going on it was pretty hard to keep up. I was still int ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book, I knew it would be good. I loved it!!
Gideon had always been my favorite brother, he is the entire package. He's gorgeous, funny, sarcastic, loves deeply, and did I mention how hot he is?
Reading about his mate, Valkerie, was painful. And yet the woman she is, couldn't have been a better match for Gideon if she hadn't been strong enough to overcome everything.
I have loved the stories of the Maxwell's and I can't wait to get Magnus' story in my hands.
Jana LaPelle
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving these Sons of Judgment!

Gideon's Promise is the second book in the series, the storyline revolves around Gideon and his mate Valkyrie who is a Harvester and their tumultuous relationship. This storyline is action packed and full of twist and turns that you will not see coming. This book continues to set the stage for the war that is coming. The war that the Baron is banking on to overthrow the Angels from power.

If you like action, intrigue, family values, romance, and a unique view of the
I haven't read anything of Miss Phoenix and damn I really like this one. Not everything was superb, there were some WTF moments here and there, but overall I love Gideon and Valkyrie and their story... my heart broke tho... all her books are like that? They are filled with parts of romance, stupidity, hot, anger, sadness and back to lovely.

Sadly I can't speak of the series since I didn't read the first one, and now that i read the sequel maybe I'll never do because neither Riley nor Octavian wer
Peggy Martin
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a Fantastic book!!! I loved Octavian's Downfall ( Sons of Judgement book 1)but Gideon's Promise is just as great. Gideon is a fun loving joker but also loves his family beyond anything. He has lived for centuries loving and knowing Valkyrie was his mate but not doing anything about it except to try and keep up with her and argue with her. Valkyrie is a Hunter/Warrior and does not know she is his mate. She enjoys getting under his skin too. Her story is sad enough to make you cry but his ...more
L.L. Hunter
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What else would I rate this book and anything by Ms Phoenix other than 5 stars? Because everything she writes is freaking awesome. This series has to be one of my all time favourites. I just love Gideon. He's hilarious. I was killing myself laughing throughout this whole thing. Valkyrie is one sexy kitten, and such a bad ass! I love heroines like her and I love how almost half of the book was in her perspective. I cannot believe the ending, holy cow! I need book 3 right now!
Jana Gundy
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
action packed!

I love Airicka Phoenix's books and the sons of judgment are my favorite. We all loved Gideon in the first book and you just love him more in this one! Valkyrie sure gives him a run but it's worth it all when they finally get together. We see a lot of Riley and Octavian still along with the rest. This book will make you laugh, smile and hurt for all the right reasons.
Rita Webb
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So much happens in this book: love, tragedy, family drama, action, and then some more family drama.

But this is a family that I love, so I enjoyed every minute of this book.

Valkyrie was such an awesome character. Her emotions are tangled by abuse, and she struggles to understand what love really means.

Gideon is passionate, and I love his sense of humor. I love how dedicated he is to his family and to Valkyrie.

The ending came rather abruptly, and I can't wait for the next book.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is no better feeling than finishing a great book and saying WOW. Because of the gap in time between the release of this book and the first one, I had to re-read the first,(no bad thing). I loved this book. I loved the world building, the characters, the pace,the drama,story line. The only thing I hated was finishing it. I hope the wait is not too long for the next book. Me and being patient are not good friends.
Stacy Gallina
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First, I am so happy that Valkerye and Gideon finally got together. I was not happy with what forced their hand, it had to be an emotional windstorm. Then when happiness is torn away the results are heartbreaking and horrible. I could not imagine the heartache, anger and overall loss of control they must feel. I am in anticipation of the next book, the uprising for the war is occurring and I really hope the Baron is taken down.
Jeanine Walsh palinkas
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I think I'm now calm enough to leave this review! In my opinion, every book by Ms Phoenix is a masterpiece. However, this series has quickly become one of my favorites. There is just so much detail put in to it that it just sucks you in and won't let you go until you've finished! The way everyone interacts, is so fluent, you can actually feel them..EVERYONE. My heart is aching right now. That is all... :(
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Morgana Phoenix is the sinister form Airicka Phoenix takes in the cloak of night where she compels her victims to burn the midnight oil reading tales of mystery, danger and steaming romance.

On weekends, she bakes cookies and watches reruns of Supernatural.

For more, visit her lair... If you dare.

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Other books in the series

Sons of Judgment (4 books)
  • Octavian's Undoing (Sons of Judgment, #1)
  • Magnus' Defeat (Son's of Judgment, #3)
  • Regulus' Submission (Sons of Judgment, #4)