Review: Cipher by Larissa Ione

Posted May 22, 2019 by Shari in Reviews / 11 Comments

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Review: Cipher by Larissa Ione
Cipher

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Series: Demonica Underworld #8, Demonica #19
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on April 9, 2019
Pages: 193
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

A reckoning is coming for Heaven and Hell and we are getting front seat tickets to the show! The hero and heroine grow on you and make you root for the good guys and some of the bad guys! Sexy and over the top, this one gives you a lot for just a few bucks.

Review

The Demonica series is getting a little bit of a reboot in the Fall. Cipher plays a key roll in explaining what’s up next. You see, the apocalypse was thwarted by twin brother angels controlling both Heaven and Hell. Satan is imprisoned for a 1000 years, but his followers aren’t exactly laying low and waiting, nope, they always plotting a way to release him.

Now they want Azgoth on their side, you know the Grim Reaper that is judge and jury on what happens to the souls who end up in his realm? Azgoth has his own story, and you should really read it to understand what is going on. You see Azgoth spent centuries impregnating angels who then thrust their kids into the human realm as orphans to toughen them up for what is to come. Once they are old enough, they are introduced to what is their path for life, protecting people key to the fate of the world. Some good, some bad, but they are key to it all. Azgoth grew more into evil as time passed and you have to read his story to find out what happens. He may be a bad guy, but he does have a side of himself that is protective and caring, it’s just not close to the skin.

So Cipher is a fallen angel who hasn’t gone into Sheoul to become a true fallen angel. He’s hoping if he does enough good he can get his wings back and head back to Heaven. All those dreams end when he is seduced by another fallen angel and dragged into Hell (Sheoul). Now he is being tortured for what’s on his computer. See he’s a hacker, slacker, code backer that now holds the key to the location of all Azgoth’s children. Children he cares about, all in an effort to drag him into their plot to free Satan.

Cipher is what I would equate to a beach bum with some skills. He’s good to the core and did a stupid thing that got him axed. Lyre is his handler, also a fallen angel who is so set on revenge for losing her wings and the death of her demon love. She strikes me as way to naive for her own good. Loving a demon, willing to sacrifice all for him only to be betrayed by her family, she wants revenge on them all and heads into Sheoul making a deal with a bad demon, and it was a bad deal.

Now these two are up against a clock, Azgoth wanting to kill them, the bad guys wanting to kill them and learning that maybe they may be fallen, but they aren’t hardening their hearts, or at least they haven’t gone that far yet. It’s a race against time. There is also a side story for Azgoth, but if you have read the series, you know where that is headed, if not, then I don’t want to ruin that story for you. Just know the Reaper is getting a full book in the Fall and you might want to catch up so you aren’t left in the dark.

While I love the 1001 Dark Nights boo, this is another series that has fallen into the short stories model as we wait for a bigger story to move the series forward. While I like getting these smaller novels, I get a little upset when they are the only ones you get for several years. You still need to read them, but I want a story with a meatier plot and a lot more love story. This is just a nice story to get there, but I am tired of the journey, I want the epic event!

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About Larissa Ione

A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
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One of these days, I will get to this series. I think I have several of the earlier books. I know what you mean about wanting a novel-length book that has the space to do up a more complex plot.

Mary Kirkland
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I loved this book. The whole series is so good. I’m glad you liked this one too. I’m looking forward to Reaper.

Melliane
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Oh that’s great that you had such a good time with this one!

Carole rae
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Finally finished one of these. I want moreeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
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I completely understand wanting a full length book to go with all these smaller stories. Especially with the wait time between them all. I can’t wait for Azagoth’s book in the fall. I thought we’d never get back to this series so I’m really excited!