oh my, oh my, this one was de-li-sious! YUM YUM YUM all the way, funny and witty, full of action and a promise for more!
Anya is the goddess of Anarchy. We sorta met her on the previous book. She is the one who saved Ashlyn life (from the plague) and later on released Maddox from his curse.
From the first time she sees Lucien there's this spark she cannot ignore. Something about this serious (as in no humor serious) guy turns her on. and when he spots her at last (being transparent and not really there in their first encounters) he is SO attracted to her and can't believe she is attracted to his hideousness (his face and also part of his body is heavily scared)
Right after their first kiss Cronus (King of the Titans) appears to Lucien and orders his to kill Anya and bring her body to him. For the Immortal Warrior partnered by the demon of Death - this shouldn't be a problem. and yet it is.. He simply can't bring himself to kill her. He follows her around (following her life essence with his demon power) but doesn't do the did, instead he leaves her for a "rain check" Since as it seems he and the other warriors have important work to do. Anya disapproves and decides to start (well, technically KEEP) following him around, spreading her strawberry cream lollipop smell, taunting him with her words but also her [minimal] cloths (which she is annoyed he doesn't seem to notice..).
As Lucien becomes more and more enamored with her he decided he should struck a deal with Cronus - but what Cronus wants from Anya isn't easily obtained and as he tries to figure a way to keep her (alive) while appeasing Cronus he slams into a wall. What Cronus wants can't be given as he thought it could be.
This book was truly a joy. I love Anya's liveliness how she never fails to use her sharp tongue or her sharp daggers to get what she wants. She is strong, independent, witty and funny. I love all the nicknames she gives him. "Flowers" is the easiest one (referring to his definite flowers smell) Yet when she calls him Lucy, no, when she introduces him as Lucy to her friend I nearly died laughing. Lucien in a way is her exact opposite, being composed and in serious control all the time. Yet she gets to him and he can't and won't let her go despite the consequences.
A lot of the book is Anya and Lucien and the others warriors are kind of in the background of things - most of them aren't even in the same state with them. We get a little of Reyes and his conflict with Aeron concerning Danika and also a little of Paris - I was quite surprised what happened there..
On the first book I complained about the amount of new characters but actually in this book since it was mostly about Anya and Lucien it was easier to remember who is who. actually the "Greece Contingent" barely made an appearance.
What I didn't like about this book? the ending. It's a HEA and it's not. I don't know, I would rather it ended differently. It is a happy ending - they are together as you expect them to be, yet, I feel almost angry for all they had to deal with to get there and I'm really hoping Gena is going to make them KICK ASS whomever deserves it!!
Since it's wicked cold and rainy this weekend I'll be returning to my warm covers to read the next one - Reyes here I come! :)
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As promised in my previous review here are the "Classified Files" containing all the details on all the guys! YAY! :)
They can be found on the "Into the Dark" Novel - containing the pre-novella "The Darkest Fire" (LotU #0.5) and "The Darkest Prison" (LotU #3.5) novella but also more cool staff like Q&A, behind the scenes etc. Later on Gena published just the Companion part (without the novellas) in a book called "Darkest Facts" (so you don't need this one if you have the other..).
Just to let you know the data on the Warriors was published just before the 5th book (meaning we had those guys story already - #1 Maddox, 2# Lucien, #3 Reyes, #4 Sabin) so MOST spoilers will naturally be of these guys, BUT surely some information about the other characters will be revealed during those books so I'm saying - thread with care! :)
I'll be adding this data to all my further reviews of this series.
Maddox / Violence (Book #1)
Eyes: Violet (Note: eyes glow red when angry)
Butterfly tattoo: Upper left shoulder, wrapping around to his back
Other distinguishing marks: Demon’s skeletal face becomes visible through subject’s skin when subject is angered.
Preferred weapon: Fists
Lucien / Death (Leader of Budapest Contingent) (Book 2)
Hair: Black, shoulder-length
Eyes: Mismatched—one brown (normal eye) and one blue (believed to allow subject to see into the spiritual world)
Butterfly tattoo: Upper left shoulder, front of chest
Other distinguishing marks: Face and body are covered in scars. Subject emits an odor of roses presumed to be linked to his demon.
Preferred weapon: Knives. Beware poisoned tips.
Reyes / Pain (Book #3)
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown Butterfly tattoo: Chest and neck
Other distinguishing marks: Deeply tanned skin; frequently sports scars caused by self-mutilation Preferred
weapon: Daggers; sword; guns
Paris / Promiscuity (Book #9)
Hair: Varying shades of brown and black
Butterfly tattoo: Lower back
Other distinguishing marks: Subject is widely regarded as the most physically appealing of all the Lords.
Preferred weapon: Sword
Aeron / Wrath (Book #5)
Hair: Military-cropped, brown
Butterfly tattoo: Middle of back
Other distinguishing marks: A pair of black gossamer wings hidden by slits in his back when not in use. Face and body are covered with tattoos of war scenes, weaponry and the demon’s victims. Two eyebrow rings.
Preferred weapon: Subject does not discriminate and embraces any weapon at his disposal.
Torin / Disease (Book #11)
Hair: White, shoulder-length
Butterfly tattoo: Stomach
Other distinguishing marks: Always wears long black gloves Preferred weapon: As subject is confined to the Budapest fortress he has dubbed “the House of the Damned,” he does not generally use weapons but is believed to have gun and sword training.
Sabin / Doubt (Leader of Greece Contingent) (Book #4)
Butterfly tattoo: Right ribcage and waist
Other distinguishing marks: Wears a necklace believed to be a gift to him from his deceased friend, Baden, demon of Distrust, the Hunters’ first victim.
Preferred weapon: Subject used to rely on knives, guns, throwing stars et al, but now, like the coward he is, he prefers to hide behind his Harpy bride for protection.
Gideon / Lies (Book #6)
Hair: Dyed Blue
Eyes: Blue, kohl-rimmed
Butterfly tattoo: Right thigh
Other distinguishing marks: Multiple piercings and general Goth appearance Preferred weapon: All of them. Subject seems to have no specific preference, using whatever is nearby.
Cameo / Misery (What about her? :( )
Hair: Long, black
Butterfly tattoo: Lower back, wings spreading around to both hips
Other distinguishing marks: Her voice is enough to make you want to kill yourself. Earplugs are needed when around her.
Preferred weapon: Semi-automatic, long-range rifles
Amun / Secrets (Book #7)
Butterfly tattoo: Right calf
Other distinguishing marks: Dark skin
Preferred weapon: Things of an exotic nature.
Strider / Defeat (Book #8)
Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Butterfly tattoo: Left hip
Other distinguishing marks: Subject was created, not born, yet has a birthmark on the right side of his buttocks. Small, brown and jagged at the edges.
Preferred weapon: Subject embraces all weaponry.
Kane / Disaster (Book #10)
Hair: Mixture of brown, black and gold
Butterfly tattoo: Right hip
Other distinguishing marks: We are still searching.
Preferred weapon: Rifles and other long-range weaponry