The system has been changing; the Agency flaunts its cruel practices, and the balance of the realms has been disrupted. Ethan's enforcers are already stretched to the limits, and things get worse when alliances are forged between the worst of the demon realms. Meanwhile, on Empustat, Carolyn has spent an entire year being "reconditioned" - her memories being wiped and replaced in order to produce a limited and vapid princess. Under the constraints of the Chief, she is no longer the feared and mythical "destroyer" Carolyn's life of privilege is marred only by the expectations held for her to marry Peter and produce heirs for the realm. Her friend, Mario, in contrast, has suffered hardship and humiliation at the hands of the Lilim guard - and a chance encounter will spur Carolyn's awakening. The disabled gateway has frustrated the team's efforts to reach Carolyn, and Ethan and Note can barely tolerate each other, but both mage and demon share the same goals. Hope by way of an unexpected source leads to the team embarking on a plan so daring that their survival hangs in the balance. With old and new friends from the realms, the fight for order continues.
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***
Whoa. I will be the first person to admit that my immediate response upon picking up a book to multiple perspectives after falling in love with one in the first book is “go away”. And I will also admit that this book completely changed my mind: I ended up loving seeing the events unfold through different eyes and how it affected them. Since the characters were spread out all over the place, it just made sense.
The introduction of new characters was also a welcome surprise that kept it interesting. My heart however remains with Carolyn, Ethan and of course Note. They’re all so unique (as you can imagine with the very original circumstances which I won’t go into for fear of spoilers) and their character development was written beautifully. Carolyn had already gone through some major changes; after all the “destroyer” and “reconditioning” stuff we start to see her coming into herself – and she is an intelligent badass!
Ethan has even grown on me, though in my eyes he still doesn’t stand a chance against Note. Ahh Note, my gorgeous-heartbroken-demon <3 he’s not had it easy losing Carolyn but the way it’s made him grow just reaffirms that he deserves so much more than living under other people’s unfair rule.
The lines between good and evil have blurred in this instalment which couldn’t be more exciting to read about. Add in constant action and brilliant plot twists around every corner and you’ve got a series perfect for any paranormal/sci-fi reader.
“In a moment of clarity between the five, Sean could almost believe that they could take on the worst that the realms had to offer.”