I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
At the beginning of the story we meet Ava. She has decided to become a soul-hunter in the hopes of gaining her freedom and bettering her life. But she didn't realize how hard that task was going to be, when Darius gives her the mission or retrieving a Nephilim soul. However, she knows she can't let self doubt cloud her judgement. She has been promised by Darius that this will be the last one, if she completes this mission she gains her freedom. Nephilim or not, his soul was hers.
Keir isn't like the other Nephilim. Instead of taking human souls, he releases souls from demons allowing the souls to be free instead of being captured.The last thing Keir needed was another soul-hunter getting in his way, but when faced with Ava he knows there is more to her than what is on the surface. But can he really risk giving the woman who has come to kill him a chance to change?
Ava thought she knew exactly how to get his soul. What she didn't count on was him being prepared for her.
With the act of surprise lost to her now and Keir's best friend Dhalia not willing to leave them alone together, Ava knows she is going to have to work harder than ever before to get the soul that will set her free. She has to befriend Keir and get him to trust her, to let his guard down, because she knows she could never win a fight against him. His powers far outweigh her own. What she didn't anticipate was letting her own guard down and trusting Keir.
As the leading heroine, Ava was very likeable and you learned just enough about her without feeling like you knew her story before the book had even really begun and as events unfold she doesn't know who she can trust. As I went through the story with Ava, even i couldn't decide who side she should be on sometimes. I just loved Keir (who wouldn't?) he saw more to Ava and was willing to put his own life at risk to allow her a chance to see the truth, even when Dhalia tried to convince him that he should get rid of her.
Dhalia was an interesting mix into the book. To begin with I thought i knew exactly what part this character was going to play, but it didn't turn out that wall at all.
Darius, although, not a main presence in the book leaves enough effect to remain a threat to the characters, and isn't forgotten by the reader. Though you don't get to see exactly how powerful Darius is, it is clear he is someone not to mess with.
One of the other main things i liked about this book, was that it doesn't just focus on the main characters. The support characters have interesting back stories also, that leave the puzzling about where they came from and what their future holds for them.
Overall, this book was very well written, kept you interested. Every time the book seemed to lead a certain way and I felt like I had worked out what was going to happen next, it took a completely different turn and surprised me. A new series i know i am going to become addicted to.
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