Monday, December 16, 2013

Paradise Damned by S.M. Reine [Review]

Paradise Damned (Descent #7) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: October 6, 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
7. Paradise Damned - Paperback | Kindle

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Elise Kavanagh is being held captive without weapons or allies. The only way out of the garden is to kill God Himself.

James Faulkner's son has been taken by Metaraon, but James is caught in Limbo and helpless to save him.

An army of half-angel, half-demon hybrids is converging on the gates of Heaven, where the Union prepares for a final battle.

The end has arrived.
Thoughts on Paradise Damned: One thing I can say with complete conviction -- the ending of this series DOES NOT disappoint. There's epic badassery, battles that level cities (and dimensions), and betrayal so intense that the Heavens themselves can't contain them.

Elise's incarceration in the garden is creeptastic in the extreme. What's done to her to get her to comply is horrific. The way her mind twists in on itself is ... well, it's mind bending. She doesn't know if what she's seeing is truth or another deranged delusion brought on by the garden.

She's tortured, beaten down, and her mind is repeatedly violated.

And being Elise, she doesn't know how to stop fighting against it.

That's just one of the things I love about her. She is relentless. When things are at their bleakest, she keeps pushing to find a way to win.

But this story is about more than just Elise. She has allies. She has friends. She has lovers. She has people who want her dead and people she wants to see dead. As a demon, she's now at the top of the Union's hit list. And when she needs them, her friends and allies rally around her to make sure she can do what it is that she needs to do.

Needless to say, this was a fantastic ending to the series and I'm going to be diving into the Ascension series mighty soon. Because there is SO MUCH more trouble that Elise can get into and there's so much more of her story that can still be told.

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