THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS . . .
Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.
After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.
The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything . . .
So….I don’t exactly know what to think of this book. The over all story was very interesting, the Ailith and knights, politics and the cool medieval feel of the world, But it fell short for me, especially in the writing. I’ve read other books from this authors and loved them and understood them but this one…It was just confusing. The way she explained things left me just like ‘okayy..?’ Throughout the whole book I just felt so lost and not in a good way.
I feel like the over all politics and stuff weren’t really explained, either, and when they were it was in a passive ‘you-should-already-know-this’ way. As for the romance, I found myself cheering them on through the book but when it came down to that scene in the second to last chapter I found myself just feeling annoyed by them and really just wanted the kissing scene to be over. (Also ‘My lower lip, swollen from his kisses.’ boi, just no.) Also the pacing was really weird like, we had these scenes of these long winded people droning on and on and driving the same point home and then all of a sudden it was just ‘we walked for three days and then we were there.’ it just seemed a bit inconsistent at times. Also, the humor wasn’t all that funny(I realize Vidar was supposed to be the comic relief but I only actually laughed two or three times) I also think the world really needed to be expanded on like, i still have no idea where this book is set.
Okay, okay. Enough of my roasting this book, it’s time to say things that I LIKED about it! So, the Ailith were so neat! Also the evil vs good was awesome and I really liked how Andriana struggles with a curiosity about the dark and how the internal battle of dark VS light and head over heart is explored a bit. I liked the plot and it kept me interested, saving a prince held captive by his evil twin brother?? YES PLEASE! And ultimately, I think that will be what drives me to read the next one (Also Kapriel is such a cool name like, Can we all just agree on that?)
Recommended for Ages: 15+
Profanity/Crude Language Content
‘He swore under his breath’ is the closest it ever gets to swearing.
Throughout the whole book there is unmistakable sexual tension between Andriana and Ronan, Lots of thoughts of attraction and a yearning for him, She recalls a time that they rolled down a hill and he landed on top of her and he almost kissed her, she wishes she would have let him. There is a man who has three wives. Mentions of men buying and trading for women. Lustful glances are directed towards Andriana and the other females of the group, Andriana senses lust and desire in some men. While Andriana is tied up a man caresses her body and offers to free her if she gives him “a tumble around the corner”. In a few scenes there are women sitting on men’s laps, kissing them, mentions of cleavage and men stroking them, Andriana reads there feelings and senses they wish to escape. A man runs his hands up Andrianas leg, lifting her dress up along the way to reveal a birthmark and puts his hands on her hips. Ronan holds and hugs Andriana on multiple occasions. Andriana imagines what it would be like to kiss Ronan. Throughout the whole book, men rake there eyes over Andriana and lust after her, (Including guys in there group) Ronan and Andriana kiss passionately towards the end of the book (Even though there relationship is forbidden)
Mentions of Sorcery and dark powers. The Ailith posses gifts from The Maker. Vidar can see Angels and demons or ‘dark angels’. Andriana struggles with a pull to the dark side and has a curiosity about it. Lots of prayers and praises for The Maker. Keallach and his followers have dark powers and use sorcery. The sons of Sheol are demons and Vidar can see there true forms. Andriana can sense darkness or light within people. The group comes to a sanctuary full of monks who practice a ‘peaceful’ religion, it is mentioned that they pray to multiple gods.
People are killed and stabbed and punched. Blood is splattered on the walls where people were murdered. Lots of sword fighting and combat. Tons of people getting knocked out and murdered.
At a party, people drink champagne and get drunk.\
A man tastes Andrianas blood after she pricks her finger in a rose thorn (I just thought this was so weird i should probably include it.)
PG 15+ mature teens. (Hints at sexual assault, passionate kissing, violence)