First I have to say thanks to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read an e-galley of this I didn’t get it until kind of late, right around the time it was going to be published, and then I still had to read the 2nd one, The Liberator, before I could get to this one. Let me tell you that this was one of the most epic conclusions to any series I have read. The action, the suspense, the sadness, the snarkiness, and the smiles, all of it in one book.
Dante is back almost more like the Dante we first met in book 1, The Collector. We get many moments of his really awesome one liners, that make me laugh out loud, and make it a little embarrassing sometimes to read in public. But that’s a good embarrassing, the kind I love about a book! At the end of the last one, Dante had to leave someone in hell on his trip down to save Charlie’s soul. And even then he didn’t make it back with what he’d thought he’d taken. The sirens, the humans without souls that the Collectors have created to help them out, are back, and in extremely large numbers. Everyone is at The Hive. Where Kraven is trying to train them for what seems to be THE upcoming/final war between Heaven and Hell. A war that was predicted in a scroll, that only the Savior – Charlie, and the Soldier – Aspen, are truly able to read. And they find more and more prophecies as the scroll is decoded. But things can’t be just all getting ready for the war. There is a traitor in the midst. And I have to say I did not guess this traitor, it was written so well that it was as much a shock to me as to Dante and the rest of the “good” guys.
Annabelle gets a possible love interest, even two in this one! Blue learns that there is another for him besides Charlie. There is an old man who supposedly knows nothing real about why he’s there, other than he needs to help solve what the scroll says. But, he’s kind of a funny old guy, and knows a lot more than he’s supposed to. The humans that work in the Hive will also become ones to fight on the side of “The Big Guy” as Dante calls him. And Dante and Charlie get to finally truly be with each other. And they even are able to overcome all that has kept them apart in the past. And continue past pretty much any speed bump that comes their way. And Aspen’s friend Lincoln even gets his own, very important part in the final battle.
I seriously laughed, and cried, and then laughed some more. I love Dante Walker, and I love Charlie. And what an awesome series, even with the beloved characters that may be lost, it is still a great ending.