Monday, January 6, 2014

Oaths of Blood by S.M. Reine [Review]

Oaths of Blood (Ascension #2) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: October 11, 2013

Ascension
1. Sacrificed in Shadow
2. Oaths of Blood - Paperback | Kindle
3. Ruled by Steel

S.M. Reine
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
The hordes of Hell are marching, and it's going to take a demon to stop them.

Werewolves are immune to every illness and can heal any wound. It should be impossible for one to become possessed by a demon. But that's exactly what Seth Wilder is facing: a werewolf gone insane from possession. He has no choice but to deliver her to the only exorcist in America, Elise Kavanagh, who also happens to be a powerful demon known as the Godslayer.

Elise is in hiding when Seth and Rylie Gresham, Alpha werewolf, arrive seeking her help. She agrees, but everything has its price. What they learn about the possessed werewolf changes everything--Hell and Earth, the pack, and the future of the entire world...
Thoughts on Oaths of Blood: Hold on, I'm still a little shell-shocked from the end of this book. THINGS HAPPEN, PEOPLE. THINGS! Big things. Things that feel game-changing. And that's not even taking into account the swarming demons and other nasties that go bump in the night.

Frankly, Elise is in a bad way through a good chunk of this book. Being the only demon of her kind makes the learning curve on what she needs to do to stay healthy pretty steep. We're getting hints at what she is but I don't think the full picture is anywhere near laid out. And that makes things tough for her when things start to go wrong with her body.

But Elise is Elise and she keeps on no matter the cost to her.

Meanwhile, Rylie's torment over what she is and the things she's done is heartbreaking. She's shouldered a lot in the past few years and for all her power, she's still just a girl trying to do the right thing. What Elise can do offers her a chance at something she never thought she'd have and I can understand why she wanted it.

Now, I'm going to be intentionally vague here. Because it amuses me. I think that things aren't always what they seem. Blood is a HUGE focus in this world and Elise's blood in particular can do things beyond the norm. I'm hoping that there's an answer for what happened at the end of this book somewhere in there. Or maybe S.M. Reine will pull one of her shocking moves and NOT go the way I think this might. I really don't know.

Bottom line, this series just keeps getting better. Things are bad right now but our heroes have been known to pull out of much worse situations in the past.

Here's to seeing what book 3 brings!

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