So, again I jump into a story at the end, or close to, Larissa Ione just continues that tradition. I will say that there were frequent references that felt as if I had missed bits (entirely due to my NOT having familiarity with earlier titles) and will say that it will do you well for the overall understanding and depth of events if you have followed this series from the start. But, I can only review what I have in front of me, and despite the few ‘huh?’ moments that I had, I truly enjoyed this title.
Revenant is a fallen angel and has embraced that isolation, lonliness and over the top emo boy attitude, wearing it with BELLS on. He’s an arrogant ass, but he has the skills and talents to back up every inch of the bad-ass gothy bikerboy he appears to be. He’s also got a huge appetite: first for revenge at the loss of his memories, then soon for Blaspheme. He’s full of contradictions and smart aleck replies, a catch all seems to be “I’m powerful as shit”. Yeah – not a ringing endorsement for a hero to love, but you haven’t seen just how much he is worth adoration!
Blaspheme is a vyrm, the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel – because never the two should interact. Disguising herself as a fallen angel, similar to Revenant, she is hiding from those who would hunt her down. With her disguise failing her, the last thing she needs is the sexier than sexy arrogant Rev, but somehow the broken pieces in him call to her healing and caring nature. She’s working (and hiding) as a healer / doctor in the Underground General Hospital. With a sharp tongue and the ability to utterly confound Rev with her apparent lack of interest in the wonder that is he, their banter and interactions are wonderful. Both pushing and pulling against an attraction that threatens their own secrets.
The story is rife with agendas, most of which are conflicting and wholly selfish. This adds to the blurring of the good v evil lines that shouldn’t be so malleable, but Ione manages to give readers something MORE than just a consummate battle: the emotion and interplay in the relationship between Rev and Blas is so layered with emotional impact in a way that makes them stand out alone amidst the swirling mess that are the battles around them. The political machinations between Heaven and Hell (Sheoul) range from petty to life altering, and could be transplanted to any socio-political group, at least in the struggle for power and supremacy. Those bits mixed in with the revelations about Rev’s past, Blas’ secrets and their developing connection made this a hard to put down story, fueling my desire to start the series from the beginning.
Narration in this story is provided by Hillary Huber, and I was impressed with her ability to infuse the characters with the necessary emotions that are reflected in the text without overacting or overreach. Her facility with pacing and small modulations in pitch and tone to distinguish characters provided interesting contrast without feeling “acted”, while the banter between Rev and Blas was timed to perfection. The production is professional and a clear listen, with various devices (headphones, speakers and earbuds used during the listen of this book, with no great loss of sound quality. I’d gladly listen to another performance by this narrator.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 4 Story: 5
Author: Larissa Ione
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Published by: Hachette Audio
Published on: 16 December, 2014
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 12 Hours
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HELL HATH NO FURY . . .
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.
LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED
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 . .
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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.