Let’s start out by addressing the elephant in the room: Sherrilyn Kenyon is no longer co-writing this series. Did that make a marked difference in the story? A little, though the publisher change probably makes for a bit of noticeable difference as well. The plot is not quite as complicated. And the formatting is not quite as good. Should those things stop a fan of this series from picking up this book? Absolutely not.
As you might be able to infer from the title, this book has a hefty focus on Storm. As the story begins, he is chasing after his evil mother, Nadina, trying to get his and his father’s souls back. She promises him a way, as long as he is willing to go the underworld and lead a demon army. Of course, this is not as simple as it seems. He gets trapped there, just as Evalle needs him the most. Brina is missing and the Belador power base is breaking down. She thinks Storm may be able to find her where the Druids have failed, but getting her man to Treoir ends up a Herculean task like she never expected. Evalle must go through some serious trials and make alliances and sacrifices she never expected, to reunite with her mate. And even then, well, suffice it to say it’s an uphill climb.
I feel like the book maintains the tone of earlier installments. Evalle and Storm never lose their sense of self; the integrity of the characters and their relationship stays the same, even as they are forced to face some fundamental changes in their lives. I really like both of them and I believe in the love that has grown between them. I love that Evalle is the kind of woman who can (and will) go to the depths of hell for her man, just as we know he would sacrifice any and everything for her. It’s good stuff. It’s actually a little easier to follow.
But we do lose something on the flip side of that. The time and attention spent on Tzaeder and Brina is miniscule. And the Quinn/ Kizira aftermath takes up even less focus than that. I felt the lack. I liked the great b-plots these books usually pack and there is a wealth of angst to mine here. And I would have liked a little more time with Feenix, darn it. He is so loveable and his relationship with Evalle brings out something lovely in her.
Overall, it’s a good book. It advances the major series arc and it satisfied the romance lover in me. It’s not exactly the same as the earlier books in the series. But I will definitely keep reading, all the same.
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by Dianna Love
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Silver Hawk Press