NICK – Leader of the half-breeds and the last true hero. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods. A pull he now knows is linked to his father Krónos and the Titan’s plan to escape from the Underworld.
But Nick’s hidden powers are coveted by more than just his father. Imprisoned by Hades, Nick battles every form of torture imaginable as the sadistic god schemes to break him. Only one thing is keeping him sane. One woman who gives him the strength to fight the relentless darkness. She has a dangerous plan of her own, though, and as Nick’s powers grow stronger, even she might not be enough to alter his destiny.
As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Nick’s allegiances are tested. And no one knows whether he will choose to fight for good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil. Not even him.
I got that book as an ARC from netgalley (man, I love that page!!) and I was super excited to start it. To be honest, I didn't read the books in-between this one and the first because... Oh well, there are so many series out there and I simply lost track of them. I was all the more happy finding the book where I did and even getting it. Seriously, I dove right in and maaaaan, this book didn't disappoint AT ALL. Even with not having read the books in-between I knew what was going on and the way it was written just made it easy to follow along.
I am usually the person that is into the males. I like the female leads, but I prefer the males. Always, because mostly the females are a little whiny, or bitchy or what do I know. In this book though that was absolutely different. Cynna is a kick-ass heroine and I loved her from beginning to end. There is no doubt that this story is dark, but that only makes the moment when it all turns to light so much sweeter and better.
Having suffered for years because of things she couldn't change made Cynna hard. But whenever Nick's around, that shell breaks slowly, but thoroughly. There is nothing better than seeing that, almost feeling the sweetness seep into her heart.
And Nick... Boy, what can be said about Nick? A lot, certainly, because he's strong-willed, handsome and a true hear at heart. There is nothing better than this combination because you don't need a bad boy to win over a girl, but sometimes you just need soft amber eyes and a little pleasure-pain to make things all right in the world.
And seriously, that was what the book was to me: A little pain and a lot pleasure. And if I say pain I mean heartbreak over and over again. I'm a sucker for heartbreak and heart-healing and Naughton delivers in the finest form. I'm in love with this book and I'd recommend it to everyone. You love paranormal stuff? Ancient Gods and the trials they put upon humanity? The world that Naughton creates is round and perfect, well thought through and whenever I close my eyes, it is easy to take a trip there and get lost. This was a truly amazing read. Thank you, Elisabeth Naughton.