Dashiell Lam is half angel and exiled to the human realm for a perceived betrayal. When the angel walks into the bar, Dashiell is sure he’s come to kill him. But Cael Moriah is there for another purpose entirely. He needs Dashiell’s help to locate a demigod Dashiell was sure was dead.
Cael has a mission and he’s determined to carry it out. He knows that Illan Kane is still alive, and he will do anything to stop the demigod from creating another massacre. Dashiell knows Kane better than anyone, having been at his side. Cael knows that Dashiell wants to help, because despite his protests, Dashiell takes Cael to a seer, and then to the underworld, all to help him get information.
But there are more secrets than either man knows, and together they embark on a journey to find out the truth and stop Kane from destroying the world. With every adversity Cael and Dashiell face, their attraction grows. And nothing will stop them from stopping Kane. Or keep them apart. Not even death. No matter the price.
From the moment this book began, I was drawn into the world and engaged with the characters. Rider has crafted an interesting take on angels, demons, and all the demigods and gods who exist. Even more so, the world is thick with details, rich in description, and, perhaps most important to me, finite rules that are believable and well realized. I adored the world building here, and the author does a fantastic job of marrying the plot with the world.
Dashiell is an easy character to like. He’s been given a crap lot in life, but he’s scrappy and he’s made do. I loved that we could easily understand exactly where he was coming from, and that he’s motivations were entirely clear. He showed us his heart right from that start in his actions, even if they were against his words. He endeared himself to me easily, and I was rooting for him the entire time.
Cael is, perhaps, a little naïve, but that’s due mostly to his upbringing and he certainly has a mind of his own. I love characters like him who, once they see what is going on, are quick to follow their own heart and moral compass, even if it goes against their teachings. Cael is all those things and more. He’s so very good, which makes sense because he’s an angel, but even more, he’s just a solid character.
The chemistry between these two guys absolutely sparks off the page, simmers and grows, and their love is believable. I would have liked to see just a little bit more development toward the end in their relationship, as it was kind of a quick jump to being in love. But the thing is, even despite that, their relationship absolutely works. There’s just something about these guys and their connection that rings utterly true. The sacrifices they make are believable and heartfelt and, while maybe this story ends with more of a very solid HFN, there’s no doubt their future is secure.
Alongside the romance is an intricate plot of lies, misdirection, and a big time baddie. Rider does a great job tying these threads together and while nothing was a huge surprise to me, I was wholly satisfied with how it all came together. There were moments of suspense and action, all perfectly tied with downtime moments. The beats and pacing of this story are spot on.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Great characters, excellent world building, and a solid plot all come together to make for a truly entertaining read. It’s the first of a series, and we’re introduced to one of the MCs in the next book. I can’t wait to read his story. Definitely give this one a try.