“It was okay but not great!
BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk....
I've read all the books in order and I didn't think this one was great but it wasn't that bad either. It was just okay. But the book did seemed rushed. The book is about Stryker and Zephyra. I did not like Zephyra's (ex-wife) and Medea's (daughter) treatment of Jared. She was crueler than Stryker, which turned me off right away. But I guess she has to show some cruelness if she is going to sit on the throne with Stryker. Stryker's inward thoughts for Jared showed more compassion towards him than his ex-wfe or daughter did.
Nick turns out to be a Malachai and Jared a Sephiroth. It's all explained in the book but can be confusing. We also find out who Menyara is, an Egyptian goddess. So now we got Atlantian, Olympian, Sumerian and Egyptian gods/demigods. Another species introduced to us is the main villian, War who is a Machae. So in this series we got gallu demons, Chthonians, Charonte, Daimons, Apollites, Skoti, Oneroi, Were-creatures, etc. Oh and now we have something/someone called the Source. Have I missed any other race? It sounds a bit too much doesn't it? Ms. Kenyon will have to update her Dark Hunter's Companion.
Towards the end Ash and Urian have a big conversation basically on why Ash was teaming up with Styrker. Urian reluctantly agrees to help. You will recall Stryker killed his wife. Thus a major rift between father and son. But at the final fight scene, Urian wasn't there. So what's up with that? Maybe I read it wrong.
I will say the book was a fast read. I enjoyed seing Strykers softer side. The teaming up with Nick, Ash, Styrker, etc was good. Apollymi and Stryker has a heart to heart conversation which I liked. We see more interaction with Apollymi and Salvatori, which was humourous. I'll still continue reading the the series. I wan't to see Jared free from Zephyra and find out why he is enslaved. And of course I want to see more of Nick.
I would recommend borrowing the book from the library. I bought it, shouldn't have. You should still read this book if you wan't to continue with the series.”
Kainani wrote this review Thursday, June 18, 2009.