Thursday, December 12, 2013

Defying Fate by S.M. Reine [Review]

Defying Fate (Descent #6) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: October 2, 2013

0.5. Death's Avatar (Goodreads review)
0.6. Deadly Hearts
1. Death's Hand
2. The Darkest Gate
3. Dark Union
4. Damnation Marked
5. Dire Blood
6. Defying Fate - Paperback | Kindle
7. Paradise Damned

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Elise Kavanagh has exorcised demons, slain gods, and come back from the dead. And she's done it all with the help of James Faulkner: a powerful witch, and the only person Elise has ever loved or trusted.

But now the worst has happened. The Treaty protecting humanity from war between angels and demons has fallen. Elise has been taken by her greatest enemy and imprisoned in madness. And James may be responsible for it...
Thoughts on Defying Fate: I might need a few minutes after reading this book. Or a week. I don't know. A lot happens. A LOT. And I'm all flaily hands at things now. So, if this doesn't make sense, blame S.M. Reine. *nods*

Seriously, I don't know if I know where to start. I mean, THINGS HAPPEN and they aren't all good. We're given answers to questions we didn't even know we should be asking and OMG!WTF?I HATE THE UNION.

So. Elise. She's not in this book much. Which is funny because every step James takes here is with her in mind. Alas, poor Elise has been dropped in the garden and James is going to do his damnedest to find a way to get her out. His damnedest is pretty darn accurate, come to think. He travels to a hell dimension or two, consorts with demons (AS ONE DOES!), and ... err, does other stuff.

But that's all in the past now, right? Water under the bridge. James might have been lying to Elise for the last ten years but... okay, wait. How does one come back from that? They've died for one another. They've pulled each other out of impossible situations. Elise came back from the dead and went to hell to save James.

Their relationship is very tangled, isn't it?

I ADORE this series. It's insane and fast paced and darkly brutal at times and it's utterly captivating. I am completely smitten with everything that's fallen out of S.M. Reine's head at this point. And I'm deathly afraid of the final book in this series.

No matter. I'm going to read it anyway. ONWARD!


  1. Between this review and the new Ascension series I begin to feel that I really, really need to read Descent - but unfortunately the first part didn't sit that well with me, I found it to be majorly confusing and sooo different from her "Seasons of the moon" (well, the last could also be said about the Ascension series, and love that one).

    1. Yeah, Elise is VERY different from Rylie and this series is a lot darker than SotM. As you can probably figure out by my review, I kinda love the dark, twisty stuff, so this one hit all the right notes with me.