Reaver

Larissa Ione
Reaver
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Publisher
Forever
Release Date
December 2013
ISBN
9781455526970
Series
Book 10 of Demonica
Genre

SUMMARY
WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood . . .

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 13, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
With each installment in the Lords of Deliverance series, the mystery of Reaver and his relationship with Harvester built and grew until readers are abuzz and waiting eagerly for their story. Well, here it is, and what a great holiday present it is! While it was more than what I hoped for, I couldn't also help but be a bit disappointed at some facets of the story.

Reaver was recently discovered to be Yenrieth, the angel who fathered the Horsemen with the demon Lilith. And Harvester, the Horsemen's "evil" Watcher was in fact an angel who volunteered to fall so she could watch over the Horsemen. And in fact, these two had quite a past together five thousand years ago, but only Harvester (or Verrine, as she was called then) remembered, because for some reason, everyone else's memories about Yenrieth was wiped out, including Yenrieth himself. But for Verrine, though she had the memories, she didn't remember Yenrieth's face.

Now, Satan, who was Harvester's father before he fell, learned about his daughter's betrayal (about being an undercover spy for Team Heaven), and he captured her and subjected her to a torture that would make you cringe and close your eyes at the horror. When Reaver learned about this, he made plans to rescue Harvester, as he was grateful for all that she had done for his children. However, going into the depths of hell isn't easy, and there's no guarantee that he'd make it out alive.

I have to applaud Larissa Ione once again for her incredible worldbuilding. In REAVER, we saw more sections of hell than we would like, and it is to the author's credit that I read on, fascinated and horrified at the same time. Harvester's torture was incredibly gory, and the fainthearted are advised to gloss over these descriptions.

Reaver showed tremendous courage in his rescue of Harvester. Through flashbacks, we see how he has grown so much through the years, and his maturity allowed him to acknowledge what a jerk (there's a harsher, more appropriate word that starts with "a") he had been. As for Harvester, she's grown stronger due to the challenges she's had to go through over the years, and she's far from the innocent, naive Verrine she's been. Her transition from "evil" to "good" was done beautifully and realistically. Their love story was done well, but I wish there could've been more romantic moments between them.

I understand why Reaver had to have the kind of background and ability that was revealed about him toward the end. After all, he's the hero of the story. However, this made things too easy for him, and the sticky situations (two of them) were thus resolved all too quickly. While I love the hero in a situation where he plays the hero who rescues the damsel in distress, there was something lacking here, something that would've drawn satisfied, happy sighs from the reader at having read about a beloved hero who has "won the girl" and "saved the world". As it was, the reader feels that his "victory" in these two situations was obtained too easily.

I thought the series would end with this book, but it would seem that REAVER is but the start of a new series. Next up after this, we have Revenant, and the titular hero is the Horsemen's "evil" Watcher and...something else!
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Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Apr 03, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
135 people found the following review helpful
The first thing I want to say is that Larissa Ione nailed it with this book. I was absolutely blown away with REAVER.

This book flew by at a super-fast pace. I got swept away by the characters and the story, finding out just how much history and heartache there had been between Reaver and Harvester. Their back story was heartbreaking for me to read. The story got even better as it went along, as Reaver stepped up, the drama thickened, and plenty of surprises were revealed. Another great thing about REAVER is that many of my favorite characters from the past books were involved in the story. Lastly, the passion that burned for these two was scorching hot, like I knew it was bound to be.

So with all of the goodness that this book had going on, I am giving it five flying stars.
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Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Jan 12, 2014
141 people found the following review helpful
Reaver is an angel who has never followed the rules of Heaven. He is a fierce fighter and intensely loyal to those he considers his friends. Harvester, a Fallen, is not one of those lucky few. At least she wasn't until he realized the sacrifice she made for him and his family. After eons of torturing and tormenting each other, Harvester is not as evil as Reaver thought. It appears that the Fallen has been playing both sides against the middle and now she's angered Satan himself. Not being one to take betrayal lightly, even if it is his errant daughter, Satan has captured Harvester with the intent to rein hell fire down on her, literally. Realizing that Harvester's predicament is all because of him and having remembered his past with her, Reaver makes it his mission to return to Sheoul and save her. Gathering a band of not so merry men, Reaver and company make their way through all kinds of hellish creatures to save the one person he wouldn't have spit on if she were on fire. While he knew this task wouldn't be easy, he was not prepared for the sacrifices he would have to make. It seems they not only have to watch out for the beasts of hell, but for some of heaven's most esteemed angels. But, will Reaver and Harvester survive long enough to right all the wrongs and save those that they care so much about?

I have always been a fan of Reaver's, but this book made me absolutely love him. To see him with his family was truly a treat. The relationship that he and Limos have….can you say sweet? He and Harvester….wow! Those two have enough chemistry to set the pages ablaze. I loved their back and forth banter and their wicked attraction to one another. Will they or won't they? This book bridges the gap between Demonica and the Lords of Deliverance series. If you haven't read those books, you could get a little lost. I suggest you not shortchange yourself and start at the beginning. You will not regret it. With any Larissa Ione book, you get a healthy dose of sexy and a one great story. Just think about all those hot demons, angels, and apocalyptic horsemen running around mixed in with a story that will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping in surprise. I am always impressed when an author builds a world that I can get lost in. A Larissa Ione novel never disappoints - that is until the books ends, and I have to wait for the next installment. Speaking of which…I have one word to say: REVANANT!
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