For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.
LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED
Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she’s the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there’s no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won’t find her.
I honestly admire an author who can take a character that they have successfully made readers loathe and turn them into a character with the ability to break readers’ hearts. That’s exactly what Larissa Ione accomplished in Revenant.
Revenant wasn’t a good guy. He not only admitted it, he did so with pride. Or was he resigned to it? He was the bad twin, at least on the surface. He worked really hard at hiding how he really felt, mostly because he didn’t think anyone cared. Through most of the book he was trying to decide whether he was going to side with Heaven or Hell. Even in the LoD/Demonica world, where being an Angel doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ‘angelic,’ choosing between Heaven and Hell would seem to be a ‘no brainer.’ Revenant had his reasons. Let’s just say, I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in Revenant’s head to fall in love with the guy.
I fell in love with Blaspheme pretty quickly too. She was dedicated to her job and was proud of her accomplishments. She had her own secrets her life depended on to keep. There was a solution to her plight, but she was determined to find another way. Then there was her ‘relationship’ with Revenant. He started out as someone she would do anything to avoid. He turned into someone she couldn’t stay away from. Lying to him was tearing her apart.
I pretty much loved everything about this book. I enjoyed spending time with characters that we’ve come to love in both the Lords of Deliverance and Demonica series. I loved the loyalty between the family and friends. The weaving of religious prophecy and mythology provided a backdrop that I really enjoyed. As a series ending, it was pretty much perfect. Larissa Ione did an amazing job of wrapping things up neatly…. or did she? 😉