The gods live among us.
I thought that the death of the man who tortured me, broke me, and then hunted me to the ends of the Earth would be the end of our fight; but it’s only the beginning.
After thousands of years of being apart, our god bonds are reunited once again; and they’re not ready to go down without a fight.
They’ve woken up hungry.
All of the research in the world couldn’t have prepared us for what’s to come, enemies and wars fought over millennia. Now we’re being forced to act, but this time, we have the advantage.
This time, we’re Bonded.
Are we strong enough to survive the gods and their plans? Will we ever live in the peaceful world we’ve fought so hard for, or is history doomed to repeat itself?
351 Pages | 28 + Epilogue | 6 Hours over 3 Days
Contrary to how I started reading this series, I didn’t read the final book in one setting. I read maybe half of it, took a break, had some migraines and life issues and then came back to read the final quarter of it.
Sometimes reading like this can make the book feel disjointed for me, or knock me out of understanding what is happening. I was pleasantly surprised that my absence between reading didn’t negatively impact me at all. I was able to pick up right where I left, remembering what had happened and able to continue reading with understanding.
This is the book of the series I’ve been waiting for in terms of finally understanding the god-bonds and the vessels they inhabit. It has also been the book I’ve been waiting to see the final showdown between the Bonded and the Resistance. Essentially, this book had a lot riding on its shoulders when I started to read the first page, and though I tend not to get influenced by expectations, the books that came before did leave an expectation imprint when it came to reading this.
The final book of a series can be as instrumental as the second book of the series. The second book is always the ‘make or break’ of whether a series is going to work or fumble. The final book of the series has the pressure of tying up loose ends, submitting to HEA or other, and sometimes the climax expectation can fall short.
The plot swelled and flowed here. All the answers I’d been looking for were found within the pages of this book.
To look at the characters from start to finish, they have moved leaps and bounds from who they were at the beginning of the series.
I’ve been umming and ahhing about the writing of this part of the review since I finished reading and in all honestly, the ending didn’t move or awe me. This book series slowly revealed more information with every page, it very artfully built up an increasing looming battle and the end of the plot required a HEA for the bonded group.
The proposed battle was over in a matter of pages and vastly left a disappointed feeling within me because at its core it was so basic and lacked any of the emotional adrenaline rushes that the other books in the series have produced. I think also there was quite a bit of information that was left without closure.
There was much more about the god-bonds that I needed to know that I felt was left unanswered and it created an awkward ending because it remained unresolved and just made the book feel off.
I have a similar feeling when I read crime books where the killer is revealed to be a character we have had no contact with.
It was just odd and disappointing.
However, it is an HEA so I suppose that was the silver lining moment for the series.
It was hard to separate my disappointment of the ending of the book/series from the enjoyment of reading this final book. The characters are special to me now and I feel that I understand them on a greater level. Because they were so at odds in the beginning of the series, it feels like they have now come full circle and blossomed into better versions of themselves.
I almost want the author to focus on a series focused just on the god-bonds so there is more understanding on them, where they came from, and how they came to be in the characters we saw during this series.
I was happy with this book but I wasn’t overwhelmed so it is the only book in the series not to get the full 5 star review.
I would still recommend this series for others to read.
I give this book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐