Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Larissa Ione - Revenant

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.
Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her...

Comment: I've had this book to read for more than a year. At the time I meant to read it quickly, as I usually try with recently published books from series I follow, but things happened and, among others, it got stuck in the pile.
Now, I finally remembered I still had to read it and voilá.
This is the most recent book in the Demonica series, that has brought fame to the author.
In this book we keep following the adventures of the group of characters we've met since book #1. In a way, this is sequence of narratives, all entered around the same bigger plot and I strongly advice readers to read in order, as many things might not make sense otherwise.

This book is the conclusion of all the issues on the table and there's a special focus on Revenant, someone whose importance in the story was revealed in the previous book and that now finally has his HEA.
Revenant is an angry angel, who recently found out the truth about his origin and life but he can't seem to accept how his life changed and how he should behave, he feels isolated and afraid and the only person that, apparently, understands him is Blaspheme, a False Angel he met and felt attracted to. But now that the villains are closer to gain the upper hand, can Revenant join forces with the good guys or will he seal his fate with the villains?

I liked this story. I think the author did a good job to finish this sort of arc to a satisfying conclusion and happiness of the characters we grow to like and care about.
Also good was how things were done, because after more than one year passing since I've read a book set in this "world", I could jump in right away without confusion.

This book has a very obvious theme: sometimes the real us is what really matters and makes you feel always better than any disguise or false identity we show to others. Both Blaspheme and Revenant showed one side of their personality to everyone but deep down they had the morals, the conscience and the good in them. Sure, everything was twisted because of things in their pasts, but despite some bad actions or deeds, they were still good inside and more than seeing them work things out together - which was fine and contributed to their deserved HEA - it was seeing them come to terms with who they are that really made this book shine.

Revenant is a good character, one of those people with good and bad things but what really struck me as interesting was his fears and how his attitude revealed that. But he wanted no pity so I understand his behavior towards others. His tale closer to the end, about his mother was touching and I confess I cried... I think he deserved the good things that he gets in the end, especially the welcome to the family bonds. It was nice to see him happy in the end.
Blaspheme didn't strike me as so well developed; I liked her personality, her values of conduct and her actions and she was a special kind of character but something about her wasn't as defined as Revenant in the whole scheme of things.

This is the last of the series and it shows. Several secondary characters show up, we have a glimpse or some information about their lives and that's great, it gives us the idea of continuity, of well achieved goals and that happiness can exist for those we cherished for.
Apparently a new series (or sort of arc) will feature children of the beloved characters we've met. I'll be interested in seeing those characters again.
Hopefully, more good adventures will come to this well developed world, which, by the way, is half way to have an engaging and winning series.
Grade: 8/10

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