Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
*Non Spoiler Review*
Ok where to begin…firstly this book a beast at 800 pages so I was extremely glad that I loved Hunt and Bryce. The interesting thing about the two main characters is that they are not light and fluffy. They have extreme flaws and vices that made them relatable (well not completely). I really the variety of each of places that Hunt and Bryce investigate, I had read that others did find the world building strong but I am going to have to disagree with you on that one.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, some predictable and others I was completely blindsided by. I also felt a strong pull of interest to the other supporting characters which I hope will turn into a novel for them. Even though Maas is well known for her A Court of Thornes and Roses series, I think this book is a little better (I know, scandalous).
What I preferred about this book is the variety of people in the world, the hierarchy and groups people associate themselves with. Maybe its the fact that this world is a little more urban than the other series?
Overall, if you love a gritty fantasy with a decent splash of spice then I would recommend this book!
Spice Rating: 4/6 – See my rating system here
Book Rating: 5/5