Monday, November 10, 2014

Sins of Eden by S.M. Reine [Review]

Sins of Eden by S.M. Reine
Sins of Eden (Ascension #7) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: September 27, 2014

Ascension
1. Sacrificed in Shadow
2. Oaths of Blood
3. Ruled by Steel
4. Caged in Bone
5. Lost in Prophecy
6. Torn by Fury
7. Sins of Eden - Paperback | Kindle

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
There have always been three gods. Always. Until Elise Kavanagh murdered them.

A demon named Belphegor has entered the Origin and become a new god, triggering genesis: the death and rebirth of the entire universe. He wants Elise to join him in Eden for the end of all things, but only once she's watched everyone she cares about die painfully under his heel.

With nothing but a dwindling army of werewolves, Elise must enter Eden, slaughter Belphegor, and stop the genesis. But Belphegor's smarter than Adam ever was, and far crueler. He's spent lifetimes preparing for this.

He will have his world of Hellfire. He will have victory. And he will have Elise's life...
Thoughts on Sins of Eden: As final books in a series go, this one certainly delivers. Elise and James have dealt with A LOT since we first met them. We've seen them stumble. We've seen them die. We've seen them be consumed by things out of their control. Frankly, I had no clue how they were going to wiggle out of the mess they found themselves in. Heaven, Hell, and Earth are on a hardcore collision course and things looked bad.

And they were bad. As bad as bad could get. Belphegor's desire to break Elise and destroy everything she cares about, no matter how peripherally, was painful. His one goal is to bring Elise to her knees. He slaughters. He sends his armies after her and her people. He does things that only a demon who had spent years plotting and planning could.

It's not pretty.

But Elise being Elise, she uses what he does to her and finds a way to turn it around. Again, it's not pretty. The worlds are crumbling and badness seems inevitable. Good thing Elise doesn't know how to give up, right?

A deeply satisfying ending that gave us answers to some lingering questions and found a way to give all the characters the ending they deserved. Well, wait. Maybe not all of them. There were some pretty gnarly deaths in there that hurt, but for the most part things worked out as well as they could.

I'll miss Elise and her demons, Rylie and Abel and their wolves, James and his power. It's always sad to say goodbye to a series that you love. That said, it's been a long, crazy ride and I think it ended perfectly.

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