Review: Revival by S Usher Evans

Reviewed by Jen

I’m still reeling a bit from the ending on this one, folks. I don’t know if it counts completely as a cliffhanger, but it definitely pulled the rug out from under me and left me anxious to see what happens next.

This story picks up right on the heels of Resurgence, and if you haven’t read that one, go back now and pick it up. You don’t want to jump in to the action in progress. As we begin, demon-hunter Jack has gone on the run with (sort-of) reformed demon Anya, on a mission to understand the curse that has forced her path to redemption. There is a bit of an info dump recapping the events of book one, but it doesn’t last too long and may be a good refresher if it’s been a while since you read that installment.

So basically, this is a road trip book, and not just one across the US, but a journey that takes Jack and Anya around the world. This, as both the Division and Bael’s minions try to hunt them down. Anya’s ex is none too excited about her escape from him and he is pulling out all the stops to get her back. Jack’s best friend Cam is working just as hard in her own way, determined to get her wayward partner back home where he belongs.

There were many things I liked about this book. As with the last installment, I really enjoyed the worldbuilding. It’s different from so many other Urban Fantasies out there; it’s also well crafted and seamlessly integrated into the storyline. There’s great backstory woven in for Anya, as well as the various factions of humans and demons relevant to the story. It helps builds a more convincing mystery for our characters to solve and it all peels away like layers of an onion. Very well done.

There isn’t much time on page for Jack and Cam together, but Cam still plays an important role and parts of the book are in her POV. She is such an interesting character to me, with her blend of confidence and insecurity… her independence and her need for Jack. I also really like the way she fights the good fight, unaware so long of forces working against her. It’s cool to see such a strong platonic friendship as the one she shares with Jack.

And then there’s the romance. There are times Anya is frustrating in the way she runs so hot and cold with Jack. (Mostly cold.) I struggled a little with the dichotomy in how she is both running from Bael and still professing her love for him, but I guess that is her character arc–coming out from under his hold. And it does make for some good moments when she finally lets down her guard.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but as I said at the beginning, the end of this book is a doozy. There were some good shockers that jumped up and bit me. Now I can’t wait to see how all of this ends.

If you liked Resurgence, you’ll like this one too. And if you’re looking for a new UF series, I’d recommend giving the Demon Spring books a try.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC provided by author

Click to purchase: Amazon

Revival
by S Usher Evans
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing

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