Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Damian's Assassin (The War of Gods #2) by Lizzy Ford

Synopsis (Goodreads):
With the White God in Europe, Dustin is left alone in Miami to protect the Grey God, a man-god struggling with his identity, and the White God’s mate. One of the Black God’s vamps in Miami suddenly goes rogue and starts killing humans by the dozen. Dustin initially doesn’t think much of the ruthless, human-hating thug, Talon, until it becomes clear that the vamp is receiving help from otherworldly beings whose intentions are nothing short of destroying humanity. To make matters even worse, Dustin’s begun to dream of his dead sister, who tells him he’ll be seeing her soon.

Dustin rescues Bianca and her troubled brother, a Natural whose mysterious talent makes him vital to Talon’s plans. Bianca, a woman as sunny and sweet as Dustin is hard and cold, has the rare Natural gift of healing. She can bring the recent dead back to life or turn a vamp back into a human. She can even reach Dustin’s heart, which he locked away long again after his sister’s death. Convinced he’ll be killed soon, Dustin won’t risk his heart or Bianca’s, despite their mutual attraction, and Bianca discovers even her incredible talent can’t save both the men she loves.
My Thoughts:  Book 2 of Lizzy Ford's The War of Gods series focuses on Darian's struggles to find himself and Dusty's struggle to find the patience to deal with some very strong willed individuals.  Sadly, Damian is hardly in this one, which is a shame because I liked his interactions with Sofi and the way he was so effortless with his power.  That said, this installment moves the entire storyline forward in a big way.  Revelations are made!  Creepy bad guys are thwarted!  Dusty gets some action!  Actually, I could have gone with more action between Bianca and Dusty.  Maybe that's just me.

Right.  So, Dusty is an emotionally closed off immortal who has the rather craptastic job of being Damian's Assassin.  I guess when you kill people for a living it IS a good idea to not get too involved in them but it also makes him cold and unapproachable.  He's in charge, he gives orders, people follow them.  Bianca is a complication he doesn't need.  She's messy and she questions things and she happens to be one bad-ass healer.

I can't say that I liked this book more than book 1 but then I really dug that one.  However, I like how the entire dynamic of the Gods is shifting and evolving.  The horribly tragic Darian is finding some peace.  The balance that needs to be maintained between the Black and White Gods is addressed.  Things are moving forward quickly and the world looks to be gearing up for something big.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Damian's Oracle

More books by Lizzy Ford

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Damian's Assassin was a free download I picked up from Smashwords on 08/01/11.

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