Published: July 17, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
E-book: 374 pages
Audiobook: 10h 28m
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
It has been thirteen years since the war started, the bombs were dropped, and the central states became a thing of the past. When the war ended, a wall was erected to divide the surviving states from those destroyed. I never expected to go beyond the wall, but unlike all the others who volunteered to go, I wasn’t given a choice.
With a dim knowledge of what I could do, the soldiers came for me. They took me beyond the wall where I learned that the truth is far more terrifying than I’d ever dreamed. Alone, with humans and demons seeking to learn what it is I can do, I find myself irresistibly drawn to the one man I should be avoiding most. One who intrigues and infuriates me. One who is not even a man, not really.
My entire life, I’ve had only one mission, reclaim my throne from Lucifer and put right everything that was torn apart when he was cast from Heaven. It’s a mission I haven’t wavered from, not even when the humans tore open the gates and unleashed Hell on earth.
Now, I’ve never been closer to obtaining my goal yet I find myself risking it all because I cannot stay away from her, a human who may be the key to it all.
***There will be at least four books in this series. Not all things will be resolved in this book. Due to graphic language, violence and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+ years of age.***
Please be advised, before moving forward there may be a few spoilers you may now return to your scheduled program.
River and Kobal, what an intense couple, if you can really call them that.
The story first opens up with River and her life after the war. This war which is kept as a secret from the citizens (shocker) is far from being over. The war being waged on the world is between demons and humans, some has opened a door that leads to the underworld. Luckily there are multiple gates until you get to the lowest level, aka “The Devils” territory, but that doesn’t mean the first 6 are filled with emptiness.
There is a sort of tradition where the military comes looking for volunteers to help fight and protect the remaining bits of civilization, and it shows that the military is searching for something or someone. I know you’ve already connected the dots here, River is that possible missing piece, she is taken away from her family, which consists of her baby brother and some of her close friends. Rivers mother, now that is a different story within itself. Once River reaches the camp where they will be training and preparing for their departure deeper into the infected area, she finds out a little about herself. She has abilities, abilities that she’s known about but never had an explanation for and the possibility of how she got her abilities.
Now, this is where Kobal comes into the picture. Due to Rivers powers, Kobal the leader of the ‘good’ demons work hand in hand with anyone who appears to have any type of special abilities; these abilities will be the key to defeating the demons that are escaping through the gates and to bring this war to a full stop. Although they have just met, and within a lot of stories involving other species it starts as instant love. Kobal and River start as what I would call hate to love relationship. They get on each other’s nerves in the beginning, but also feel an attraction. I think stories set up like this make the perfect love stories, with the conflict in the beginning and allowing the characters to grow into something makes it feel a little more real.
I enjoyed this first book of the series; I stayed away from reading the summary because I didn’t want there to be any possibility of spoilers. A significant portion of the book reveals little peaks into the next part of the series and sets the scene. I enjoyed the characters, and how human the demons came across and the situational building that was provided so that you could see and understand both sides. All in all, I am pleased with the way everything was set up, and I can’t wait to give you guys the review on the second book.
Until next time, be sure to Read THS!