Series: Guardians of Hades
on March 24, 2018
Published by Amazon Genres: Fantasy
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Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.
Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.
Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten.
Aiko knows from the moment she sets eyes on the black-haired warrior that he is no ordinary man, just as she’s no ordinary woman. Blessed with a gift, she can see through his stormy façade to the powerful god beneath, and the pain and darkness that beats inside him—pain she grows determined to heal as she falls deeper under his spell and into his world.
When the daemon bent on turning Esher against his brothers makes her move, will Esher find the strength to overcome his past and fulfil his duty, or will the lure of revenge allow the darkness in his heart to seize control, transforming him into a god intent on destroying the world?
REVIEW: Esher is the 3rd book in the Guardian of Hades series and it is perhaps my favorite yet. Esher is one of the Guardians and keeper of the Tokyo gate to the underworld. As the god with power over water, Esher’s ability help him keep daemons away from the gates and under control, but for the past few months things have gotten a bit out of control and an unidentified danger lurks in the shadows, and it wants Esher.
In this installment, we are given a fantastic story of redemption, sacrifice, & love. Esher has a lot of pain in his heart, his hate for humans is as strong as his hate for daemons, for him humans are vile, destructive, and a plague that he wishes to vanish. But all that changes when Esher meets Aiko.
Aiko is the total opposite of Esher, not just in her humanity but also in everything they believe about humans. Esher’s distrust of humans is justified, while he doesn’t necessarily give anyone his reasons he soon learns that while humans can be wicked, they also hold a high sense of loyalty, love & compassion. I enjoyed this story very much, the author did an excellent job putting this story together, she managed to give the story a perfect balance of passion, suffering, romance, love, sex, and action.
The fight against daemons is just warming up, Heaton’s unique way of describing fight scenes is as fascinating as it is entertaining. And as the story unravels, Aiko learns the hard way what is to love a god but she also learns true love and understanding. Her quiet, soft and understanding demeanor was exactly what Esher needed, someone who saw beyond his pain and someone who was willing to put her own life in danger to save his.
Felicity Heaton has again created a swoon-worthy tale of love, compassion & sacrifices. Esher is by far the most romantic story of the series but I can’t wait for what Heaton has in store for the other brothers. Read my review of Ares & Valen.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES
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