Oh no!!!!! It’s the end of the Demonica, Lords of Deliverance World! I had no idea. I am so totally bummed! I loved the Demonica books when I read them. That is, I loved the first 5 books because I was reading them as they were published since I found Pleasure Unbound when it was brand new, and the first 5 were really written so that they looked like a single series. I was bummed when I hit Sin Undone and at the end, was thinking that it was the end of a great series. Then, I was totally excited when I heard about the Lords of Deliverance series, starting with Eternal Rider. At first, it didn’t seem that they were the same series, but that quickly changed and we were seeing loads of Underworld General and all my favorite characters. So, I was happily just reading away, picking up the next installment when ever I could and devouring each one of them. I wasn’t paying attention to anything that would give me any clue that with Revenant, that would be it. The end of the world. **sniff sniff**
Jeez, the snippet could at least clue us addicted readers into the fact that this is the last full length installment. Instead, it felt like getting hit by a bus coming out of nowhere. I wasn’t prepared. The end and the message from the author directing us to her website for the scoop on the whole thing… well… I was blindsided. I was totally flattened. And it hurt. Especially since I think that Revenant was the best book yet. It was smart, captivating, sexy, fun, creative and a total joy to read. To it is painful to say that this is really the end. Now, I know that the author said the world will be continued in some sort of series about the Horsemans’ and Sem demons’ kids. But I don’t know how I feel about that. As Black Dagger Brotherhood started to move to the next generation of members, the series lost a lot for me. I don’t want to see the same thing happen here. I know these are different series and different authors, but I have yet to see a successful transition like that – or at least one that was as captivating as the original books. And I know there are a bunch of “novellas”, but my regular readers know I have a hard time with them. I would prefer longer, more well written, better plotted, full length novels. I won’t rule out reading them, but I will probably read other stuff first. That, and I need time to mourn this story arc. Because it was so very good. And it was such a shocker to have it so abruptly, although so artfully and perfectly, come to an end.
Revenant is, despite the fact that this is the last book, absolutely amazing! If a series is going to end, this is how it should be done. There wasn’t a moment of disappointment (other than the general mourning I will now need to do over the series as a whole) with the story. And the use of the characters other than just the two that make up our main couple, was wonderful. It was a great way to pull everything together. Better, it didn’t feel like a rush to tie up loose ends just to tie them up. Neither did we see a whole lot of things not addressed. It was perfect. I haven’t read a perfect ending to a series since Deathly Hallows. It reminds me a little of when an athlete (or athletic team) is heading into a tournament, you want to peak at the right time – do well enough to get you to the finals and then peak there so you win. This book did just that. It was the absolute best I have seen of the series. That is part of what made it so hard to stomach that this is the end. **tears**
If you are a fan of the series – this is a must read. If you haven’t read the other stories first, you will probably be pretty lost and the rest of the series is good – so go back and read those first then read this! For fans of the PNR genre looking for a little steam, it’s here. A great couple, a great story, an ending that didn’t feel contrived yet had twists that were satisfying and a surprise, all here. It is everything I could have asked for out of this series. Well done! Even though we really a bidding a sad goodbye to this world. For now anyway.
And unlike what REM would like us to believe, this end of the world does not leave me feeling fine.
NOTE: I am ignoring the Azagoth novellas, the ones in the 1001 Dark Nights… I haven’t read them, and while I might, even if they play into the overall story arc of the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance, the arc that started all the way back in Pleasure Unbound ended with Revenant.