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  • Cassidy Reyne

A Book Hangover

Damian Blake, with the help of his brother, Cole Adams, is once again battling monsters, prophecies, and curses. This time, however, things take a turn for the worse. Help is difficult to come by, and the enemy is always at least ten steps ahead. The people he loves are attacked, and Damian doesn’t know if he can save them. Maybe this time, he has to sacrifice it all.

Thorn makes brilliant work of Slavic mythology as a framework for her tales with gods, powerful entities, otherworldly beings, demons, and vampires, creating a world so rich and evocative, you’d be forgiven for going in search of Damian to join his band of intrepid warriors.

I have been a fan of the Shadow Enforcer Series from the very beginning, and this latest instalment doesn’t disappoint. Everything is here. The complex characters, the world building, the attention to detail — it’s all woven into the story in abundance.

Damian’s relationship with his brother is also explored further, and we find out there may be even more to them than previously thought. I know, what a shock, right? The layers of the characters and events are as ever multifaceted and seemingly endless. As a Shadow Enforcer for the Destiny Council, Damian shouldn’t be able to forge close relations and friendships, but of course, he’s much more complicated than that and continuously defies all expectations and presumptions of his character. No one is more surprised than Damian himself, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t help but attract, deserve, and invite others into his life. They need him, and, albeit reluctantly, he sorely needs them too.

The story hooked me from the first page and wouldn’t let go until I’d read the last word. As always, it left me wanting more, but this time – Thorn has been particularly sneaky – and I now have the mother of all book hangovers.

I need the next one yesterday!

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