Spoiler Free Zone:
I truly enjoyed this book. As a sequel, it served really well and the character development which occurred in this book was fantastic. However, most of this book served as a transition between the first and third books. Therefore, I give this book a four out of 5 stars because it was still entertaining though it was obviously a sequel. All in all, I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 and can’t wait to continue on with this series since it’s just so good.
This book, I felt, was a lot about the growth of the characters and the setting up of the plot for the following book. I loved the ways in which Kiera and the boys changed in this book. They were made stronger (literally and figuratively) so that they were able to handle themselves better than before. I was excited when Lilly finally got powers because she is such an amazing character to begin with and I enjoyed seeing her able to fend for herself in the face of magical enemies.
I also enjoyed the way in which Eligos fit into the group. His relationship with Kiera is important and exciting (though I wish the relationship had been the only one since Tyler and Lucian didn’t seem to stand a chance in the competition and I felt too much of the book became about this struggle for Kiera’s affections.) However, his position goes beyond just his relationship with Kiera as he makes friends with the boys, especially Danny. He develops from an all powerful demon from hell into a person in this book and I loved every minute of it.
Tyler’s evolution as a character both excited and infuriated me. His betrayal seemed extreme and juvenile compared to the reason and I honestly wanted to smack him upside the head majority of the book. However, that was the point. He was designed to infuriate a reader and the fact that he succeeds shows great writing on Lindsey Anne Kendal’s part.
The addition of new characters was interesting. I felt that the addition of all the demon characters (like Crystal) added to the story but also detracted from it in the sense most of them didn’t make it to the end. However, I did appreciate the way in which those characters added in the development of a potential war since it takes a large number of individuals to make up and army. The addition of the Beth and Marley aided the story. It added to the range of power the group had and introduced the idea this group of boys and girls are not the only people in the world with power. Not to mention, it made the idea that they would be taking on an army a lot more believable because it meant they could accumulate their own (outside of Eligos’ army of demons, of course.)
I was fascinated by the fact that this is supposedly not the first war between heaven and hell to occur on Earth or other planets. It is an interesting twist to a lot of mythologies I know and also gives possible explanations for a great many of mankind’s tragedies. However, I started to feel there was a lot of back story being added which might not have been entirely necessary, even if it were interesting.
Finally, I enjoyed the mother-daughter dynamic which builds in this book between Lilith and Kiera. I think Lilith is trying so hard to be a good mom but Kiera doesn’t make it easy for her. However, when the two do manage to get along and agree, they are a great pair and their relationship warms my heart.
I also enjoyed the way in which Hell was depicted in this book coupled with the fact that these ancient and classical forces of magic are occurring simultaneously in this modern society. This book is set up perfectly and is executed with skill and precision. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites.