This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on October 15, 2019
Source: Book Tour Provided
It’s the end. Yeah, my favorite series has come to an end. Why is that a delight? Because Larissa Ione does it such flair that left me satisfied, tired, happy, sad, and so many emotions that I call this an awesome book!
A little before the review…
It’s sad that we have reached the end of one series with three spin-offs or three series that all come together for one depending on how you look at it. It started with Seminus demons (sex demons) and the family that these brothers formed. It grew into the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and then into Demonica Underworld. The series felt it was coming to an end with the book Revenent, but several novellas came out through the 1001 Dark Nights series.
I know in the my last review of Cipher I mentioned I was ready for a full novel after feeling let down with little stories. Now that I know why, I have a lot of understanding. The author’s life just was busy with so many things that writing wasn’t something she could keep up with. I totally get that as some days I don’t know my left from my right and I don’t know when I am going to get time to read. Reaper though is a full novel and I can say with certainty this is the end of the original series run. Larissa Ione isn’t done writing this world, but it is going to jump some to the children’s story as there is something coming in less than 1000 years that they probably will be dealing with…a little mystery to keep you going.
On to the review…
Reaper picks up right after Cipher. Lilian is back in Shegola very pregnant, but nothing is relaxed. Azagoth, aka The Grim Reaper, is in control of souls and that includes Satan’s who was imprisoned for the next 1000 years or less. This has made him a target for all of Satan’s followers, thus putting a target on Lilian’s back and even their unborn child’s. I won’t give you all of Azagoth’s history because he has his own book, called Azagoth, and enough little stories after that to give you an idea of his powers, his limitations and what he would do to protect his mate and unborn child…even if he is a father of thousands of children…yeah, read the story to find out.
The big baddies are out to get Azagoth to release Satan, Heaven is ready to pull the plug on Azagoth, Seminus demons abound, Underground General (the hospital for paranormal creatures) is visited, true evil like only Ione can write is put to paper and tears flowed freely at times. Yes, it pulled my heart out at one point and stomped on it, but she made it better. She showed at while we want to see clear good and evil, there is also a grey area that can straddle both sides.
What I loved about this novel is that almost every former character got word time. Each had some part in the story to end this run of the series. The focus was on Lilian as she does everything to save the baby she is carrying and Azagoth to what ends he would go to keep his loves safe, but also not unleash Satan back into the world. Satan and Azagoth don’t have a good relationship despite what you would think.
My emotions were engaged as I wondered how the author was going to wrap this up and keep the ones I love alive. It was a close call a few times. One died. One was revived, and some were maimed or trapped. It kept my adrenaline running on high. Nothing is what it seems and they under estimated what a man will when boxed into a corner.
Overall I was thoroughly satisfied with the ending given and hopeful for the next series to begin. This book left me drained. A good kind of drained.
If you are looking for a series in the Never Ending Series Challenge, may I suggest this one? It had 19 books …. it works great for a challenge to get caught up on a series!
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“Reaper is . . . Epic. Thrilling. Amazing. No one can suck me into a story like Larissa Ione.” — Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author”
For love, he’ll watch the world burn.
For revenge, he’ll light the match.
New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione returns to her fan favorite Demonica Series with REAPER, available now!
THE DEMONICA SERIES RETURNS…
He is the Keeper of Souls. Judge, jury, and executioner. He is death personified.
He is the Grim Reaper.
A fallen angel who commands the respect of both Heaven and Hell, Azagoth has presided over his own underworld realm for thousands of years. As the overlord of evil souls, he maintains balance crucial to the existence of life on Earth and beyond. But as all the realms gear up for the prophesied End of Days, the ties that bind him to Sheoul-gra have begun to chafe.
Now, with his beloved mate and unborn child the target of an ancient enemy, Azagoth will stop at nothing to save them, even if it means breaking blood oaths and shattering age-old alliances.
Even if it means destroying himself and setting the world on fire…
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“I have no doubt Azagoth will stop at nothing to save Lilliana,” Reaver admitted. “But he knows that if he releases Satan, Satan will kill Lilliana. He can’t risk it.”
“What do you suggest we do then?”
“I can talk to him,” Reaver said. “Hawkyn requested information about a fallen angel named Flail. I’ll use that as an excuse to get to Azagoth.”
A flock of gulls squawked as the birds circled the palace, looking for handouts from Caila’s guests, and Metatron had to raise his voice to be heard. “You said he sealed off Sheoul-gra.”
“Hawkyn will open it to me if I can convince him that I’m not there to destroy his father.”
It shouldn’t be a problem; Hawkyn wouldn’t have contacted Reaver at all if he weren’t sure Reaver could handle the situation without killing anyone.
“And if Azagoth is out of control?” Metatron asked. “Will you destroy him?”
“Isn’t it a little early to be discussing that?”
Metatron rolled his shoulders, probably not even aware he’d done it, but Reaver knew he was testing his wings and his powers, feeling them out at the thought that shit might get really fucking biblical real soon.
“He can’t be allowed to release Satan,” he said, fire in his tone. “And he can’t be allowed to escape Sheoul-gra.”
“Would escaping be such a bad thing?”
Reaver wasn’t Azagoth’s biggest fan, but the guy had been trapped for thousands of years. He’d proven that he was capable of wrangling souls and navigating the politics of both Sheoul and Heaven. He’d chilled out a lot since getting mated, too. Seemed like it wouldn’t be a big deal if he lived where he wanted and commuted to work.
Metatron appeared troubled that Reaver would even ask such an apparently insane question. “Yes, it could be bad.”
“Why?” Reaver asked. “I mean, I get that he’s an asshole, but a lot bigger assholes are running around loose.”
Like the fallen angels who had killed Wraith. He clenched his fists, wishing he was out hunting them right now.
“Azagoth signed contracts,” Metatron said. “Contracts sealed with the powers of Heaven and Sheoul. We don’t know what kind of damage we’d take if he made that big of a breach.”
Sounded kind of minor to Reaver, but he knew well how seriously Heaven took broken rules and breaches of contract. They also weren’t fond of Heaven being damaged, which was why Revenant, while technically welcome here, wasn’t…welcome. His presence destroyed everything around him.
“Okay,” Reaver said. “Let me grab the info on Flail and give Hawkyn a call. I’ll let you know what happens. And, Uncle?”
Metatron inclined his head.
“I want this to stay between us for now.”
Silence stretched. Not even the gulls called out, and Reaver started to sweat. Metatron had always been fair and by-the-book, which was probably part of why Reaver had been such a rule breaker as a youth. And beyond. Hell, he still was, he just wasn’t as reckless about it now.
Responsibility was a bitch.
About Larissa Ione
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career in meteorology to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her retired U.S. Coast Guard husband, her son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhounds, a King Shepherd named Hexe and a Belgian Malinois named Duvel.
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