This book is the third installment in the series, The Mephisto Covenant. This series is about the brothers who are part of the Mephisto covenant, a group of brothers who keep the souls of the damned from their evil brother, Eryx.
This particular book is very dark. The main protagonists are Mariah and Phoenix. Mariah’s background is very disturbing – she is an abuse survivor – quite a lot of the pain she goes through is revealed in the book, so be prepared for this. It is very disturbing at times, but, it is essential to the story and blends in really well.
This book can be read as a standalone read, which is how I read it, or as part of the series. Obviously, it makes sense to read the entire series, just because the books blend into one another, but I found that I wasn’t confused about the series as at the beginning of the book there is an in-depth explanation about the characters. Other reviews have said that the description of the characters at the beginning confuses everything, or that it is boring, but I found none of that to be true. It certainly helps if you haven’t read any of the other books.
Being a sci-fi/fantasy book the storyline is not based in reality, but as with every other book in this genre it’s all about the escapism. The author puts a new spin on the devil/Lucifer and hell which makes a refreshing change. The book is well written and deals with the very emotive subject of rape and abuse really well and in a sensitive way. You cannot help but feel the gamut of emotions that Mariah goes through, especially when her well controlled thoughts start to unravel.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it to anyone who loves this genre.
Highly recommended. 5 stars. *****