Publication: August 26th, 2014
Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is—secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel.
Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her―those that seek the Unborn?
Another trait of a good story, be it in a book, movie, tv show, or something else is a lack of predictability. If you can guess what it going to happen in the story from just the first 50 pages, then it seems less appealing to continue. On this account, the author both confirmed my suspicions and utterly surprised me. Not long into my reading, I was jotting down notes and thoughts as I felt a situation professing. I wanted to have quotes, events, and feelings to reference later – especially if my expectations were fulfilled. The end of the book on the other hand – completely unexpected.
The ending of the novel certainly set up the next book, leading me to believe this is meant to be a series. As such, I think it would benefit greatly from the eventual addition of novellas. They would help strengthen the characters, world, and events that are alluded to during the story but never revealed in their entirety. Don’t read this part if you don’t want small spoilers, but some of the story lines that I felt were lacking were: Khara’s time in the Underworld and with Hades, how Ozereus fell, how Kierson was saved by Oz, a tale of the brother’s rounds including some of the supernatural beings they encounter, and even mini-stories that help develop the character’s personalities.