Monday, June 13, 2016

Cast in Hellfire by S.M. Reine [Review]

 Cast in Hellfire by S.M. Reine
Cast in Hellfire (Mage Craft #2) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: March 29, 2016

Mage Craft
1. Cast in Angelfire
2. Cast in Hellfire - Paperback | Kindle
3. Cast in Faefire

S.M. Reine
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Marion Garin is the teenage daughter of Metaraon, the former Voice of God. Now she's also the steward of the Winter Court, which has been in anarchy since a revolution five years earlier.

Problem: Marion still doesn't remember anything that happened before two weeks ago.

Seth Wilder has a lead on her memories. Whoever stole them and sold Marion's essence to a demon lord in Sheol. Marion wants to help steal them back, even though that means abandoning the Winter Court to war. And Seth can't seem to tell Marion no.

He wants Marion nearby. Very nearby. Possibly in his teeth. See, Seth has this little problem where he's developing a killing urge, and it seems to be centered primarily on the half-angel girl who adores him. It conflicts with everything Seth believes himself to be: a moral man, a doctor who heals instead of hurts. Yet he's obsessed with Marion. She wants her memories, and he wants her to have them as much as he wants her blood.

They'll work together to make Marion whole, come hell or high water. Even if it means war. Even if it means Seth might hurt Marion. And damned be the consequences...
Thoughts on Cast in Hellfire: Man, Konig needs a good throat chop. I just.. *makes ragey eyes at him*... I didn't trust the guy in book 1 and I think even less of him in this book. That Marion's lack of memory means she has to trust him to an extent kills me.

Come to think of it, Marion's whole situation kills me. Finding out how she ended up the way she did... actually, it fit with what we know about this world. I think the thing I keep circling around is that the Marion she was before was a whole lot less likable than memory-less Marion. Seeing her interact with those who knew her before is eye-opening. (and I still want to throat chop Konig. Just on principle.)

Then we have Seth. The clues to who and what he is are laid out pretty clearly throughout the book, so the big reveal was less a shock and more a "holy crow! how is this going to fit into what's coming?!?!"

Basically, I'm having a lot of fun with this series. The backstabbing and politics keep me on my toes. (they keep Marion on her toes, too. Except, she doesn't even know the half of what's going on yet. Yikes!) The hints and glimpses of characters we've met before is a kick. I can't wait to see how this plays out in the next book.

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