(Eternal Guardians, #5)
by Elisabeth Naughton
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
From the publisher:
GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable...tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can't ignore.
She calls to him. Come to me. You can't resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there's only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can't be sure what's real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.
Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she's near. And he's determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she's a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld...or free him from his chains for good.
" . . .everything she knew about Gryphon screamed nut job."
Ever since Gryphon's brother, Orpheus, rescued him from the Underworld (Enraptured), Gryphon has been hearing dark Atalanta's voice calling to him to her. Constantly. Making him want to twitch and scream. The Argonauts don't know what to do with him, and so they've hidden him away in the half-breeds' colony to "recover." On his first mission since his rescue, the darkness inside him takes over, with grave consequences. In the aftermath, he needs to escape the colony. And he knows exactly who can guide him, because he's been watching her at night.
Maelea, daughter of Persephone and Zeus, has been kept "safe" at the colony even longer than Gryphon. She has been planning her escape because Hades is hunting her. The colony is not safe with her in it. On the night she attempts her getaway, Gryphon intercepts her. He ends up kidnapping her when he realizes that she calms Atalanta's voice inside his head. Maelea is his means to an end. Their escape is rough and dangerous, and the they are at odds with each other. But if they don't work together, they won't survive. As they begin to help each other, their desire and attraction grow. But can she trust the man who kidnapped her? And can he trust the daughter of the über manipulative Persephone, the wife of Hades?
"But he didn't feel like a crazy man to her . . ."
Gryphon is the ultimate tortured hero. Literally. He was tortured in the Underworld and came out a broken man, enslaved to Atalanta. He figures that his days as an Argonaut are over. What he doesn't realize is that deep down he is still an Argonaut. Maelea, alone of all of those around him, recognizes that the honorable Argonaut Gryphon is still deep down inside him.
The light side of Maelea--her father's side--interferes with the voice in Gryphon's head and therefore with Atalanta's ability to summon him. She is all that stands between him and insanity. He calls her his sotiria, his salvation.
Maelea is a strong woman, though one who can't step on spiders. She picks them up and puts them outside, instead. When faced with deadly creatures larger than spiders, she ... well, I won't spoil it for you.
Throughout the book, Gryphon's goal is to find Atalanta and destroy her, freeing himself from his slavery to her. Maelea's goal is to earn her way into Olympus, thus leaving the earthly world behind. If Gryphon seeks Atalanta, he risks being killed--or worse. If Maelea achieves her goal, she'll never see Gryphon again. Can there be a happy ending for them?
The story arc of the Orb of Krónos continues in Enslaved, and has disastrous consequences for Gryphon, Maelea, and some favorite characters from previous books. The end of Enslaved is a game-changer for the series.
Eternal Guardians #6 will be Titus's story, tentatively titled Scorched. We get an intriguing introduction to the story in Enslaved. It will be out in March, 2013, which seems too long to wait.
In the meantime, enjoy Enslaved!
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