Damnation Marked (#4) (The Descent Series)
The Union has an easy way out. They want to send Elise into hiding again with James Faulkner, a powerful witch and the man she’s loved for most of her life. All she has to do is surrender the territory and trust that the Union can protect the ethereal ruins, the dark gate, and the city she’s come to know as home.
Greater powers have other plans for Elise and her fabled power as Godslayer–plans that mean surrendering her life and blood to the most powerful demon alive. But if she descends, there’s no turning back. Once she gazes into the abyss, it will gaze back into her…and Elise will be damned forever.
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I was given a arc copy of this book by the author for an honest review. I was so excited to read it that I stayed up all night till I finished the book. Now the hard part is that I have to try and review it without any spoilers. , Elise is such a kick ass character with this tough no nonsense approach and has walls of steel surrounding her heart yet she longs to be loved for who she is. She has loved James for a long time now and he would do literally anything for her yet the one thing she yearns for, he can’t deliver. There is so much action, twists and turns and one hell of a cliff hanger ending. Elise will be tested like never before and death is coming for her if she can’t work out how to save everyone without sacrificing herself. Guilt is such a powerful emotion that can motivate you yet bury you alive if you allow it to corrupt your soul and being the God Slayer has its moments. A few new kids on the block, by that I mean demons who give evil a whole new makeover and a lot of my favourite support characters are back. So many OMG moments and at times I was speaking out loud going – ” What the” when something happened that took me totally by surprise. I am now anxiously awaiting the next book, the story of my life, for those of you who are die hard fans, don’t miss out on this one as you won’t be disappointed.
The latest and greatest from SM Reine once again takes readers on a fabulous journey into the world of demons and angels. In this novel we also get a bit more of James and Elise’s backstory which is always welcome and wonderful. Old and new characters meet up for a bit more dark but simply fabulous tale that provides answers as it raises more questions. With out a doubt one of SM Reine’s finest efforts, showing a new and more serious side to her writing. When it was over I had to simply stop and decompress as I came back to the real world and left the desert and the demons that inhabit it in so many forms. A must read for fans of the series.
SERIOUSLY…wow! I have read these books so fast and am still in shock over what the check just happened! If you haven’t started this series yet you really need to START! Hook line and sinker from the beginning
This book is not for you if:1. You do not like action and suspense, demon and angels, and life isn’t roses and lollipops novels.2. You do not like a good versus evil with frequent morally, ambiguous gray areas.3. You are Union. (Because let’s be honest… you still suck!)4. You tend to cry when Halloween comes around because that’s too scary because then this would send you into a coma.If none of these apply and I have now only whet your appetite to read this book then we want you!!!!! However, if you have not properly introduced yourself to Elise and read the previous novels, beware! Not only will you be lost but you will also blunder your way into this and if Elise catches you and you tick her off, she will chew you up and spit you out leaving you twisted and broken while she walks away stride unbroken. If you are lucky, James will take pity on you and patch you up and heal you but only if you are human and good. Oh, and that’s if he’s even around at the moment to help. Demons don’t even ask…you know the answer. Come prepared for the ride of your life but don’t let your guard down, some things may get answered but other things may bring more questions. It’s a ride that’s for sure and one you won’t soon forget!
Sara does a good job keeping the series interesting and wanting to read more. If there is any complaint, it would be that the books are kinda short. I am used to Sanderson and Jordon. But this is a different part of the genre.One thing that you either like or dislike is her handling of time and filling in the story. She dates the chapters, which helps, but it can be disruptive to the story flow.Good character development.
I sure hope the next book brings more happiness for Elise. I’m tired of reading about how poor and unhappy she is.
Once again this author has given the reader an action packed and somehow believable story about witches, angels and demons all topped by a kopis and an aspis… who knew what they were before starting to read the descent series. I now understand what they are and why they exist. SM Reine’s style of writing is getting to be more polished with each book written. Keep them coming I for one will read everything you publish.-Michael
This book is amazing. It’s the darkest one so far in the series, and there is a lot of action and suspense. It never really slows down. It’s one thing after another and grabs you by the throat and won’t let you go.The thing that got me the most was a HUGE revelation for one of the characters — it’s so huge, I didn’t believe my eyes. It will definitely complicate things for sure.We’re told more of Elise and James’s backstory, which is always good.And the end…a word of warning: get ready to freak out. It’s amazing, it’s great, but it will absolutely slay you. And yes, there’s a big honking cliffhanger, so be prepared to wait till the next installment.I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of what was to become Death’s Hand. I’ve seen the series progress, and I have to say: SM Reine is one hell of a writer, and this series just keeps getting better and better. I’m constantly astounded by the plot twists, revelations, and life-changing things that happen to the characters. Reine puts her characters through the wringer, and puts them through it again several times for good measure.I also love her take on angels.Very, very well done. And scary, did I mention that? Now I must keep myself from going crazy waiting for the next book…
This was an excellent addition to the series. The writing is, as usual, absolutely amazing and the fast-paced plot leaves zero room for boredom. There is major character development for Elise, and some huge questions are finally answered. I would have given this a solid 4 stars like the previous books, but…Sorry, but the ending of this book killed me. Look, sometimes I can deal with cliffhangers, and sometimes I can’t. Sometimes a cliffhanger will leave me giddy with anticipation for the next book, and sometimes it just pisses me off. This time, I fell in the latter camp. Maybe because there’s really nothing in this book where the word “giddy” could apply? Really though, I think it was because of the way the whole ending portion of the book unfolded. I went through the EMOTIONAL WRINGER with the nail-biting fights and absolutely GUT-wrenching shocks. And then…to end it like that? With that colossal-mother-of-a-cliffhanger?? I finished the book feeling frustrated instead of satisfied.Still a great read, but I wish I hadn’t been so quick to pick it up and waited instead until the next book was written. (I wonder how many more books there will be?)
WARNING: 1) This series should be read in order or else you won’t understand what’s going on or the nuances of all the backstories. 2) This series is dark urban fantasy at its best. All the books in the series are dark, with lots of violence, gore, and pretty much nonexistent warm and fuzzy feelings of any kind. If you prefer books with an HEA you won’t find it here (at least not yet, I have hopes for next book Dire Blood – scheduled tentatively Jan. 2013).On to the review (possible mild spoilers): Elise can be a cold character but she has her reasons and they’re definitely good ones. In this book we see more of her and James’s backstory (how they came to be bound as kopis and aspis, among other things) which is great and brings depth to her character and helps humanize her a bit. Some of the plot threads are tied up, we finally get to find out about the mysterious “garden” and what happened to Elise there, or at least some of what happened anyway. Previous hints about Elise’s past are explored a bit more and the reader finally gets a glimpse of the bigger picture and Elise’s role in it.All these flashbacks are cleverly woven throughout the present (mostly in the first half of the book) as Elise once again battles to save Reno from destruction as a suicidal demon is hellbent on opening the Gates and destroying the world as we know it. Elise’s friends and allies drop by the wayside one by one until she’s left alone to singlehandedly defeat the mother of all demons. She is forced to make some hard choices, but ultimately she accomplishes her mission (who could doubt it? This is Elise we’re talking about after all) but the cost is high and she alone bears the responsibility for paying it.I won’t reveal the exact nature of the cliffhanger ending, but I’m telling you its a doozy. I was on the edge of my seat for the last few chapters screaming NO! NO! That can’t be it! It can’t end like this!I’m not sorry I read this book, it’s the darkest, most violent, gore-filled one so far (and that’s saying something), but it also has more emotions and history in it than the others and, IMO, this makes it the best one yet. <sigh> I just wish I hadn’t devoured it right away in one sitting and now I’m left to an agonizing wait until January to see what happens next. =(I would recommend this series to anyone who loves dark urban fantasy and isn’t afraid of demons, not-so-merciful angels, moral grey areas, and lots and lots of blood liberally splashed about with a few internal organs to mix things up.