Review: Reaver

reaverReviewed by Jen

Fans of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series have been waiting years for Reaver’s story.  Now that I’ve read it, I feel like I never really knew him at all.  Granted, that is probably in no small part, due to the fact he never really knew himself, either.  Reaver has lived for thousands of years, but he only remembers the last three decades of his life.  He’s been an angel; he’s fallen; and he’s been made an angel again.  But only at the end of Rogue Rider did he discover his true identity.  He is really Yenrieth, father to the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Reaver also learned that he woman he once considered his archenemy –Harvester– was actually protecting his children for the centuries he was unaware of them.  She fell from Heaven to be an undercover spy in Hell, so she could position herself to watch over them.  The years were not kind to her. In fact, as the book begins, she is being held by Satan, being tortured, with no rescue in sight.  Heaven refuses to acknowledge her. Which only leaves Reaver to get her out.

The book centers around her rescue and their slowly returning memories of one another.  I won’t spoil the particulars, but I’ll say this. Yenrieth was a dick.  We learn this in no uncertain terms, and it’s hard to reconcile, since Reaver is a pretty likeable guy.  Also hard to wrap my brain around was how Harvester could have sacrificed so much for a man who treated her so abominably. And frankly, I felt like Reaver got off really easy.

I feel like we got to see both Reaver and Harvester, each, as two different people: Who they were before she fell and who they became over time.  Through flashbacks and memories, we see the stark contrast of who they were as opposed to who they now are. Yet through it all, the connection between them remains, and it’s the thread that holds the entire book together.  As much as I have loved Reaver and yearned for his story over the course of all these books, I really felt like Harvester stole this book for me.  She has this inner core of strength that has held her together through unspeakable things.  She is able to endure, to keep a piece of herself, and ultimately to triumph.

A fun surprise for longtime fans of the series: Eidolon and Underworld General Hospital feature prominently, which made me feel like we’ve come full circle in a way.  So many lingering questions are answered, but at the same time, Ione sets the course of books to come.  While this could have easily been the finale book of the Demonica/ LoD series, the new threads assure that this is not the case.

As always, I love this world Ione has created. I love the core characters.  I was a little disappointed in what we learned about Reaver (and I felt like what happened with Harvester and Pestilence was accepted too easily.) But overall, I did enjoy the book and was satisfied with how it all played out in the end.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by Grand Central Publishing

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Larissa Ione
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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