Release Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Series: Covenant #4
Review Source: ARC from publisher
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
I feel like these books go back and forth for me. I really loved Deity, so I think I had high expectations for this one. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely! But is it a favourite? Not so much. Even though there was action I didn't feel like that much actually happened. Scenes were dragged out, and it was all just a journey that ends in a weird place. The ending was kind of a cliffhanger and kind of not, but mostly it just felt like the book randomly stopped. Even though things were learned, to me it felt like a lot of the book was dragged out, and that everything of importance is still to come. Maybe I'm being way too harsh, because I can still see that this was a good book, but to me it didn’t feel up to Jennifer Armentrout’s standards.
What I did like was the continued devotion of Aiden and how his and Alex’s relationship was portrayed. I love how much they respect each other and that they bring out the best in one another. I also liked seeing Alex interact with other characters with whom she’s had complicated relationships in the past. Alex will always be a snarky character who is quick to action, but it was nice to see her mature a little bit and spend a bit of time thinking before acting (not too much time, though, or it wouldn’t be the Alex we’ve grown to love).
Bottom line, this is definitely a decent installment in the Covenant series, and if you’re a fan of the books you’ll definitely want to check it out. Most people on Goodreads seem to be rating it 5 stars, so I’m sure that most everyone else will adore ‘Apollyon’. For me, I liked it well enough, but I was expecting a bit better. Nevertheless I’ll still be eagerly awaiting the next (and final!) book in the series -- ‘Sentinel’.
Pretty, I really like this one.
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