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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster Audio
Released on April 2, 2019
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
The Infamous Brother! The only one to be kicked out of the Brotherhood! Yes!!! We finally get Murhder’s story and it was a doozy. The Savior took us back with a nostalgic feel for the earlier books as Murhder returns to Caldwell and John-Matthew and Xhex face a new challenge.
The Savior is book seventeen in a long-standing paranormal romance series full of tough slang talk, gritty action, heartwarming camaraderie, and sensual romances. It’s a read in order series. However… In a way, one could get into this one if one got behind and doesn’t mind some series spoilers here, as there is a recap of sorts built in as Murhder catches up on all that he missed over the years.
The Savior, as I said in the intro, has a concentrated, nostalgic aspect to it that is reminiscent of the earliest books or rather the Legacy books that focus on a pair of romances and the series plot with the villain. The pair of romances is Murhder and Sarah along with John-Matthew and Xhex with Throe’s conniving to overthrow Wrath going on. There is a tight and focused feel, but with plenty of Brotherhood camaraderie.
This is a tough one on the emotions as Murhder’s story is heartbreaking as is Sarah’s . They are a good match because they get loss, sorrow, guilt, and loneliness only too well. In both cases, neither of them asked for what they got, but they face it head on and take responsibility anyway.
So, Murhder, the disavowed Brother. He went a bit crazy, with help, I might add, did a homicidal manic move that got him kicked out. Over the years, he’s been hiding out down south and merely existing. He’s giving up and after this one last trip to Caldwell to fulfill a promise, he’s going into the Fade.
I wanted to kick Wrath and the Brothers for how they acted when Murhder came to them. Granted, they didn’t have the whole story and Murhder was intent on being the martyr, but, seriously, they cut him off and treated him like an enemy rather than a broken member of their family. But, this does change and John is the catalyst along with Murhder’s own actions which made it all the sweeter. Murhder’s appearance seems to be the reminder of all the unique Brotherhood rituals and reasons for existence. He sees how things have progressed in his absence, but also makes them all stop and think about what makes them who and what they are. I enjoyed that since I felt that some recent books weren’t as on point with the culture and tradition of the Brotherhood when so much was changing around them and Wrath and the Glymera.
Sarah is a heroine that I could get behind. She’s been mourning the loss of her fiance and treading water at her job as a scientist at a big pharmaceutical lab, but when she comes across something hinky that her late fiance might have been involved in, she sets out to make it right. This is what brings her into contact with the hidden world of vampires. She is selfless and compassionate and oh so brilliant.
Unlike the last book where I was horrified at what was going on with an established couple, The Savior offers a close revisit with John and Xhex. At first, I thought Murhder as Xhex’s ex was going to be a temptation, but it wasn’t like that. Yes, this pair had some further conflicts to overcome, but John and Xhex shone brightly and their love is never in doubt. John is one of the youngest of the males and yet, he is so mature compared to many of them. The author teases the reader with thoughts of will she or won’t she reveal who John really is. It was a joy to get more with this couple.
There was a twist in the Throe as villain storyline that will be interesting to see how that plays out in future books.
This was only my second time listening to an installment in the series with Jim Frangione narrating, but again, he is fabulous. He voices all the characters and nails their individual personalities and catches just the right spirit and tone of that particular scene and the writer’s style overall. I get a more intimate experience listening to these books that doesn’t happen when I merely read them. Emotions are closer to the surface from the book and me as the listener, but he doesn’t over do it, either.
All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better story. The author took this one right where it needed to go, I think. I think those who enjoyed the early part of the series will find this to have a ‘welcome home’ feel to the roots of the series, but for newbies, go back to the beginning and get it all.
My thanks to Simon and Schuster Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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