When Zane hits an all-time low in his life, he decided to end it. When Death walked through his apartment door, the sight of him startles Zane and he shoots death instead. The second death’s body hits the floor, Fate walks in, informing Zane of his new occupation, Death. The man who murders Death, becomes him.
Zane finds himself suddenly claiming the souls of those who passed away with a nearly equal slate, to determine whether they go to heaven or hell. But when Zane questions the rules, things become strained. It isn’t until Zane discovers Satan cheating that things become downright ugly. What will Zane do when the woman he loves is targeted by the Devil himself?
I found this book to be unique. I am literally in-between whether or not I like this novel.
The character of Zane is vague with contradicting morals and ideologies. He is a good man and cares about the souls that he has to collect, but at the same time, he exhibits degrading opinions in some of the people he encounters.
Personally, I did not appreciate the way the author wrote about the female characters in this story. Every female encountered was graded upon her beauty and sexual appeal to the character of Zane. That aside, the female characters, most of them at least, were written as all too ready to offer themselves, bodily, up to Zane, for one reason or another. Even a female ghost who offered her body to Zane for his courageous conduct in the face of danger.
I do understand that the main character, Zane, is in fact a male. Therefore, when seeing it from his point of view, it would make sense for him to notice a female’s beauty before knowing her personality. However, I felt that the author over did this in the extreme, especially when having every female degrade themselves by selling their bodies to every man who comes along, or does the right and respectable thing.
I did find the idea of Death, as well as Fate, Mother Nature, Father Time, and War to be interesting occupations. Not to mention the way the author depicted them as an entire lifestyle. I did not like Mother Nature’s portrayal, nor that of Mars (War), overtly much, but the concept itself intrigued me.
I have debated how many stars I felt this novel deserved and I have decided to give this novel two and a half out of five stars, which explains why I previously stated that I was on the fence.
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Evan Strangward is on the run from the Empress Celestine, but his magical abilities that allow him to control the weather and the ocean will only keep him safe for so long. Celestine is growing stronger, with plans to invade the Fells. Now Evan is making his way inland to warn the Gray Wolf queen of the impending invasion. If he cannot convince her that the danger is real, Evan will lose everything.
Alyssa ana’ Raisa has been taken prisoner by Empress Celestine after the fall of Chalk Cliffs. With the Empress unaware that Lyss is the Crown Princess of the Fells, Lyss finds herself with the unique opportunity to learn valuable intel on her new enemies, that is if she isn’t turned into one of the Empress’ bloodsworn warriors first.
Another wonderful installment in the Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I was worried about this novel because I had heard rumor that this was the last novel in the series. Fortunately, those rumors were incorrect and unfounded.
The characters are much the same as they were in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster. The characters that played very small roles in the first two novels were given personalities and we were presented with a deeper understanding behind their actions. I was thrilled to have some of these characters go from being 2D characters to having roles of greater significance in this novel.
I was also thrilled to have all of the main character’s stories come together finally. I was worried that this novel would separate itself from the first two books when I realized that the main focal characters in this installment were not the same as either of the previous novels. However, all of the characters from the first two novels made an appearance and their stories really came together.
We have even more characters now, when we already had so many, so, thankfully, the plotline is finally beginning to come together. This novel had less backtracking than book two, which allowed the storyline to move forward.
I was very happy with this novel and cannot wait for the next novel in the series. I would give this novel five out of five stars and would recommend it to fans of fantasy.
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When Kerry finds a man lying half dead in the bushes outside her summer share house, she takes him in and fixes him up. Daniel Blessing is gorgeous and on the run from a woman named Season. Only Season isn’t just some woman, she’s a very powerful witch, just like Daniel.
Kerry never believed in witches before, but now that her and her friends’ lives are threatened, they may have to reconsider.
Kerry is quickly falling for Daniel Blessing. If what Daniel says is true, Season has been the cause of death and destruction for generations and Kerry and her friends won’t be safe until she is stopped. With no other options, Kerry and her friends team up with Daniel to attempt to put an end to Season’s reign of terror.
I enjoyed the primary main character. Her personality is realistic for a teenager fresh out of high school. Because of the health situation with her mother, she has developed a higher level of maturity and a certain level of sympathy that compels her to help Daniel Blessing when she finds him slowly bleeding to death outside her home.
Daniel is the main male character. His personality, and his magical abilities, paint him as a hero, the kind of selfless, out for the good of all, kind of guy who just wants to do the right thing. Unfortunately, he is also blindly set on his goal of stopping Season, which leads me to wonder if he isn’t misled himself.
The plot line is relatively fast paced, and yet at the same time the motley crew spends a considerable amount of time on recon.
I would give this novel three and a half out of five stars and would recommend it to fans of stories similar to the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.
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