Narrator: Victoria McGloven
Length: 7 hours
Series: Reapers #8
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 6, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…
My duty to Death drives me forward. I've never once strayed from my path – not even when the future seemed uncertain. However, Maeve's intelligence, cunning and determination challenges me in ways I never imagined. Finding out what she knows is the key to learning how to conquer our enemy. The Dark Fae breathes new life into me unlike anything I've ever known. For Maeve, I will risk trusting the Dark. For her...I will battle darkness itself.
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Bradach is a Reaper who used to be a Light Fae, and is carrying a big chip on his shoulder about the Dark Fae. Eoghan assigns Bradach to work with Balladyn to meet up with Maeve the Merciless. The intent is to get information on places Usaeil may be hiding with Xaneth. Balladyn introduces Bradach to Maeve, then bows out of the situation.
Maeve the Merciless is a merchant who took over for her father. His ways of dealing with traitors and threats was to kill. Maeve grew up seeing that and continues his ways, but by ordering the kills. That sort of keeps her from getting all the Dark features so she uses a glamour to make herself looking fully Dark. That is what Bradach sees when he meets Maeve but the attraction is instant. He fights the attraction as much as he can.
The two visit multiple places that Maeve remembers Usaeil having talked about until they find the place they suspect she is hiding out at. Bradach tries to get Maeve to go home while he investigates. There are creatures surrounding the house that Bradach has a hard time avoiding. Maeve didn’t actually leave so she witnesses Bradach using his Reaper abilities. So when Bradach sees evidence of Usaeil, Maeve happens to be right there with him.
Bradach tries to return Maeve and explain things, but she ends up helping in the fight against Usaeil. Bradach thinks he is getting over his resentment of the Dark, and the two seem to give up things about each other and become a couple. Until they end up in the battle against Usaeil’s creatures. Maeve feels betrayed but shows she can really kick ass. Even when one of the creatures holds a surprise for her.
I was really surprised that she was able to fight the way she was. I originally felt that dealing with Usaeil and the Reapers was just something she was above. My heart really broke for Maeve when everything comes crashing down on her. Aisling tries to help her and explain a little about Bradach. Maeve keeps Aisling’s words in mind as her and Bradach work through their issues.
I don’t know. I liked Maeve, but she wasn’t my favorite female character of the series. For some reason, even though she was portrayed as a strong character, I kind of felt she wasn’t as strong emotionally as some of the other female characters. The book itself is a good one, where we see Usaeil’s strange creatures. This is book 8 and we are still dealing with Usaeil’s whining about Rhi. I’m getting really anxious for them to finally battle this out. In this book, even the Dragon Kings are brought in to help which was fun. Also, do they find Xaneth? You’ll have to read to find out!
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