18 Dec '13

A Nix Review – Reaver by Larissa Ione (5 Stars)

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WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood…

FTC: I requested this book after a publisher invitation to do so. I was not paid for this review. All fan-girling squee’s are due to my own over-excitement, nothing more sinister….

So, a word of warning before we begin… this is not a standalone book. If you picked up this book before reading the series (and by that I mean the immense Demonica series and then the even better Lords of Deliverance series) you will be confused. Massively. This book contains past characters, the continuation of series plotlines and constant reference to previous events; this plus the already established alterative reality setting will probably cause your head to explode. I highly recommend that you start from the first book in the Demonica series and take it from there; it is an autobuy series for me and remains one of my most reread.

Now, to the people who want to know if the long awaited Reaver book is worth all the anticipation…… yes, it is. In this book, secrets are revealed, memories are restored and the Archangels are shown to be complete bastards time and time again. I would recommend a reread of the previous book before starting though; as in previous books Larissa Ione plunges straight into the action and it took me a couple of chapters to get my bearings.

The character of Harvester has grown throughout the series and in this one I actually grew to like her. She has been through some shit over these books and in this one we discover why. Yes, she made some serious mistakes but, once I saw the heartbreaking events of her past (some which Reaver’s previous self was responsible for), pity warred with my dislike. There are reasons for everything and, as Ione artfully reveals more and more throughout the book, I could see that these two were destined to be in each other’s lives. I couldn’t hate her, no matter what she did in order to further her actions.

Reaver grows in this book into a fully fledged hero. In the previous books, he was there mainly to further the plot and add some Angelic flair. In this we find out all his dirty secrets, all his character flaws and he became a little more human. Turns out, every Angel has his bad side but I only loved him more for it. I loved him in this book.

Gethel is the most heinous character I’ve read about in a long time. Larissa Ione creates some very believable conflict in this book and I don’t think I’ve cheered for characters as hard as this… I actually wanted Gethel to suffer when she got her comeuppance.

Overall, this could be one of the  best in the series. It has murder, betrayal, back-stabbing, love and lust all in one book. It kept me guessing right up to the last page and gasping for the next in the series….

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