Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review - Revenant by Larissa Ione

(Demonica #11, Lords of Deliverance #6)
by Larissa Ione
Published 2014
416 Pages

Starting off at the intersection between two series, I was hoping I could keep up with the story, and not feel lost. I was eager to see why the fallen angel, Revenant, was beyond redemption, and what led to his downfall. And the author did not disappoint! There was enough back story so that this enchanting tale felt complete on its own. So, if you haven't read the other books in the series, don't let that stop you! Still, it's so well written, and such a fantastic tale, I recommend starting at the beginning.

Revenant believed he was alone in the world. But now that he has discovered the truth he is caught between heaven and hell, and must decide if his desire for revenge outweighs his desire for the mysterious false angel, Blaspheme. But there are no easy choices in matters of love and revenge, heaven and hell... one decision could mean the difference between salvation or destruction. 

Revenant is a handsome and fearsome fallen angel, with a violent past. He is torn between past and present loyalties, and soon finds his twin brother to be the biggest barrier to a life he was denied. On Earth, Blaspheme has her own internal battles to overcome. She and Revenant are unlikely allies. But their chemistry is undeniable, and their sizzling hot romance is off the charts. Revenant knows something is different with the mysterious female who he can't get out of his head. But the secret she is keeping isn't anything he could imagine... and it's about to be uncovered.

I was impressed with the fearlessness of the scenes, and the manner in which the author described the heavens and other scenes that other books seem to tiptoe around. This is exactly what I wanted in a book about good and evil: A detailed account of what it really looks like behind the curtain, blurred boundaries between what it really means to be good or evil, and a story filled with enough magical elements to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions.

A truly spellbinding tale! I am eager to see what will happen in future installments. But there was enough of a conclusion to this story to make it stand alone in a satisfying way. One of my new favorite books! Not only will I be continuing on with one or both series that connect to this story, but I am eager to read the earlier installments to find out the history of the many other charming characters in this book. I was thoroughly immersed in the world the author created, and didn't want it to end!

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie

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