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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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…
The Adventures goes on with Elise and James. There are new twist and turns that will shock you. I was amazed by the ending of this book.
Let me start by saying that I began with the Ascent series. The story of Elise and James has some interesting twists and turns that are not of the reality kind, but I don’t read for reality. My biggest struggle while reading is the back-n-forth between what is currently happening in the book and history which is intended to give one context, I suppose. (Obviously, it hasn’t stopped me from reading the series.) I have found that each book has interesting moments of dilemma…what would be the right thing to do. If you aren’t dead set against demons, magic and talk about thereof, I would recommend the books. If you have a ‘problem’ with demons and magic (actually anything ethereal/supernatural), these books are not for you.
I enjoyed the story since book 1. I completed the Descent series and the Ascension series (published so far). Ms. Reine is quite prolific, which I like, and a good storyteller.