Narrator: Max Bellmore
Series: Rise of the Warlords #4
Published by Canary Street Press on February 6, 2024
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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ew York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a new book in the tantalizing Rise of the Warlords series, featuring a brutal Hell king and the irresistible beauty who upends his world.
For centuries, Rathbone the Only, King of Agonies, has existed for one purpose: recovering the enchanted bones of his slain wife to bring her back to life. He’s never been closer to success. But a new enemy has risen. A band of deadly war gods who have thirty days to destroy her or suffer the consequences. With time running out, Rathbone hires a maddening harpy-oracle, unaware she has an agenda of her own.
Neeka the Unwanted is a fierce warrior on a mission: stop Rathbone and the gods. She’s seen the future if either is victorious, and it’s horrifying. She’ll do whatever proves necessary to forge a new path, even seduce the ruthless royal from his purpose. What she can’t predict? How the intense male will shatter her hard-won defenses along the way.
As Rathbone battles unexpected betrayals, cunning foes and the wild temptress he craves with every fiber of his being, he knows he must choose: hold on to a cold dream or embrace a new flame.
Rise of the Warlords
Book 1: The Warlord
Book 2: The Immortal
Book 3: The Phantom
Book 4: The Wrath
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The Wrath by Gena Showalter is a bit different than the previous books in The Rise of the Warlords series. Our male main character is not an Astra, instead he is Rathbone the Only, nephew to Hades.
The newest task for the Astra will have them bumping heads with Rathbone. They have a common interest but are on opposite sides. Erebus is playing them all like puppets.
Neeka the Unwanted is a different kind of Harpy. She is plagued by visions of future and past. She is also Taliyah’s best friend. For reason’s unknown to Taliyah and the Astra’s, Neeka has paired up with Rathbone. She’s had visions of the future and she’s trying to find a way that they all can survive this trial.
I absolutely love Harpies. They’re totally badass. No one wants to get on a Harpy’s bad side. They will tear you up! Neeka can of course kickass, but her power lies in her visions. I felt a softness to her. Like a vulnerability I hadn’t seen with other Harpies and it threw me for a bit. She is constantly busy in her mind trying to find solutions to make her vision change. It seems like every time she manages to do something to change the future, it doesn’t affect it all. Her determination to keep everyone she loves alive keeps her constantly scheming but her heart is breaking because if she’s successful and everyone lives, it’s possible they will all think of her as a traitor. Neeka was the type of character that is funny and powerful but also tugged at my heart strings. I hated how everyone treated her when they thought she was a traitor. Rathbone even put her through some awful spots!
While Neeka and Rathbone work together, there is always some new bombshell. Challenge after challenge with so much back stabbing. Right up until the end I was constantly questioning who to trust. The action and story were so fast paced, it w as a real struggle to put it down at bedtime. The adrenaline kept me up.
There was so much to love about The Wrath. I have to have a good romance and I got it! Neeka and Rathbone’s had me in tears multiple times. One of my favorite couples. However I’ve said that about the other Harpy couples too, so there’s that! The action kept the adrenaline pumping and I loved every minute of it. I’m also wondering if Azar is our next hero. I was left sad for him and want him to get his HEA.