Review: Reaver by Larissa Ione (Demonica World #10)
December 17 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Reaver
Kick Ass Chick – Harvester
From Goodreads –
WARRIOR OF HEAVEN
Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.
ANGEL OF HELL
Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood..
Reaver is the tenth book in Larissa Ione’s Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. It sort of places itself in both series as Reaver played an important role in both so far. Now it’s his turn to have his own book and his own HEA.
I have to say that early in the Demonica series I didn’t think much of Reaver. I didn’t not like him; I just didn’t notice my attention going towards him very much. Until the third book. At that point, he not only jumped up on my radar but he stayed there. Then he became a pretty important character in the Lords books and cemented himself as one of my favorite characters to read. His story, from his present story to his back story, is so rich and interesting. By the time you pick up this book, you are practically begging for Reaver to have a good ending (even though we know this is in no way the end of his tale) because if someone deserves it, it’s him.
Reaver is an angel. He started off an angel then forgot pretty much everything about his life and found himself a not-quite-fully-fallen angel on earth. (Basically, no wings and no power but you are not evil) Then he saves the world and is now an angel again. But he doesn’t think that will last long as he is about to go to the one place he really is NOT supposed to go to save someone who saved humanity and is being punished for it. This person is also someone who gets under his skin…and not always is a good way. We are, of course, talking about Harvester.
Ah Harvester… We meet her in the first Lords book and we hate her. She is a fallen angel and hell’s watcher for the Horsemen so naturally we are supposed to dislike her. Larissa really makes it hard to like her, let me tell you. But as the series progresses, we see sides of her we never thought existed and it made us wonder if there was more to Harvester than we were led to believe. Well, of course there was! Her back story is almost as rich as Reaver’s. Their history is complicated and makes their reunion seem even more worth it. I love where Harvester ends up by the end of this book. Larissa brings both her and Reaver to places that make sense to their characters. I honestly can’t wait to see where they go from here. Luckily, this is not the end of the series as a character we see quite a bit of in this book is getting his own read and it should prove interesting. Revenant is releasing…well we don’t know when. But here’s hoping it will be in the first part of 2014. I am really looking forward to that one!
The story in Reaver is very complicated so I won’t really get into it much. There is action and evil vs good and twists and turns that will leave you SO dizzy, you won’t know what hit you. But I was very pleased with where it all took me and I know that if you are a fan of this series, you will be happy too.
Larissa has mentioned that this is not a read alone book and I would have to agree with her. There is a LOT of information that needs to be known before reading this and even though Larissa does brush us up on certain details here and there, it’s not nearly enough for a newbie. At least read the last two Lords of the Underworld books before cracking this one open. But in all seriousness, Larissa is a master world-builder and character writer so if you are a fan of paranormal romance books, both the Demonica and the Lords books should be on the tops of your to-read piles. The Demonica books are among the first of the genre that I read and it was these books that showed me how complex yet compelling paranormal worlds can be.
As for Reaver, it was an excellent read. I know that after reading Reaver and Harvester together in previous books that it might be hard to believe that they are a good match but believe me when I say they really do make an excellent couple. This book put some closure on past things that occurred in this series and sets up a few characters that will most likely be getting their own books in the near-ish future. I can’t wait to see what Larissa has in store for us. One thing is for sure…we’re in for a treat.
Books in the Demonica World series –
Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)
Desire Unchained (Demonica #2)
Passion Unleashed (Demonica #3)
Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4)
Sin Undone (Demonica #5)
Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #1)
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #2)
Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #3)
Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4)
Revenant (release tba)