(Lords of Deliverance, #5; Demonica, #10)
by Larissa Ione
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2013
History and Recap
Five thousand years ago, the angel Verrine fell in love with the angel Yenrieth. The relationship ended badly after Yenrieth fathered the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with a succubus. Yenrieth's face was wiped from Verrine's memory, and Yenrieth's memory was completely wiped clean so that he could have a second chance.
Verrine made a vow to watch over Yenrieth's children since he couldn't. To that end, she became a fallen angel. Eventually, she became the Sheoulic Watcher of the Horsemen. She became the cynical, sometimes cruel, Harvester. Ultimately, she watched over the Horsemen opposite their Heavenly Watcher, Reaver. They had a lust/hate relationship.
Reaver couldn't remember more than the past thirty years of his life, but then some of his memories were returned to him. He discovered that he was Yenrieth. Father of the Horsemen.
Then Harvester was betrayed as the Heavenly spy she was. She was condemned by Satan to suffer an eternity of torture in Sheoul.
When Reaver discovered that Harvester was actually a fallen hero, he vowed to rescue her from Sheoul.
Even though—if he survived—it would cost him his wings.
Yenreith was a bit of a jerk. Reaver is an angel to fall in love with. He's powerful, loyal, commanding, and has a hard body to wrap around. When he says to Harvester "… we're done … going through the bullshit," you want to stand up and cheer. He's also gentle, protective, and self-sacrificial. He's the perfect combination of hard and soft.
Harvester, the villain throughout the Lords of Deliverance novels, could have been a hard sell as a heroine. But Larissa Ione pulls it off very well, making her a sympathetic character as soon as she's introduced in Reaver. And you'll feel for her when you learn the extent of what Yenrieth did to her. You'll understand her motivations throughout Lords when you learn her backstory. But Ione is smart enough to know that we won't buy a complete turnaround for Harvester. She retains much of her snarky personality. This time, however, we like her for it.
Fans of Demonica will be happy to know that Eidolon and Wraith make appearances. They both have some great lines with Reaver. Wraith, especially, is hilarious. Limos plays a part in the plot, and Arik, Ares, Thanatos, and Reseph are all in the book.
Suspense, mystery, betrayals, and revelations keep the plot moving along at a fast pace. Ione has a talent for putting her characters into impossible situations that will have you holding your breath.
In the end, Reaver is a poignant story of a love/hate relationship forgotten and then remembered. With far different results.
A game-changing truth is revealed about the Sheoulic Watcher Revenant. His book, Revenant, is up next.
Until then, enjoy Reaver!
The Demonica/Lords of Deliverance Series: