Friday 11 December 2015

Review ~ Iniquity (The Premonition Series #5) by Amy Bartol

Book Description:
I gasp as my body curls toward Brennus like a flower to the sun, for the pleasure of it. He holds me close to him. His nose grazes the length of my neck. He breathes me in. I feel the roar and rush of my heartbeat. I’m his toy; his energy streams into me. He winds the invisible key in my back and the euphoria ratchets and coils inside of me: tick…tick…tick…

Another wicked surge of energy flows from him into me. Pain. Pleasure. Bliss. My jaw unclenches as my lips part. I make a small, breathy sound as we dance. Brennus responds with something close to a growl. “Ye’re killing me, mo chroí,” he murmurs. His hand moves down my back infusing me with a golden glow of power. My wings punch violently from me, tearing a hole in my day dress. They spread wide, like a red stain beyond my pale skin. I’m dancing now for the thrill of it. I follow his lead.

As the song comes to an end, Brennus kisses my throat. He whispers in my ear, “When ye get back, come find me, mo chroí. I’ve healed ye…now wake up and banjax whoever banished ye here…”

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars

“All you have done is create a debt to iniquity.”

This was a book I have been waiting years for yet when the time was approaching for its release I didn’t want to read. Sometimes you become so attached to a series that when the end is in sight you really don’t want to read because you know it will be the last and that is exactly how I felt when I picked up this book.

“I’m the light to his darkness. There’s no escape; he’s a part of me.”

This series was also a first for me, this was my first paranormal read ever. It was a genre I had body swerved at every opportunity yet an author I trusted said you must read it and from that point on my love of everything Amy Bartol was born. I fell in love with her writing voice, the vivid descriptions, these worlds, languages and characters that are all borne from Amy Bartol’s imagination. A world that she creates with flair and becomes so real you cannot help but envelope yourself in these characters lives and battles. This is one series that I would love to see on the big screen, I can picture it now, it would be totally EPIC!

“My wings spread wide, like a red stain beyond my pale skin. I’m dancing now for the thrill of it.”

So…this is the end…this was an extremely bittersweet read and I savoured every word. I read the slowest I have ever read so I didn’t miss a thing. I received so many answers and they were all delivered with clarity and acceptance. We finally get to really understand the connections between the characters, especially Evie and Reed, Xavier, Russell and Brennus. Each character has a pivotal role in Evie’s development and her cause and I expected nothing less. Every person had their part to play and in this epic culmination of this series Amy Bartol explained everything in depth and with at times heart wrenching clarity. No matter what team you were on I feel the end was true to the characters that we have become to love throughout this series.

“I’m clutching the invisible thread that binds me to her. I won’t let her go, not for anything in this world.”

I always knew that this series was going to end up in the mother of all battles and I wasn’t disappointed. Sheol and Heaven come to blows in one of the most descriptive and visceral scenes I have ever come across in words. I could picture it all, I imagined it all and I definitely felt it all. Yes, I cried, but as you know I am a soft sap but again that is testament to Amy Bartol’s writing, I have such an affinity for these characters that I couldn’t help but live their lives together with their emotional and physical distress. Amy Bartol really brought this series to a magnificent crescendo and this is one series that I will never ever forget and will definitely be re-reading.

“Most souls, when they emerge from their bodies, are luminous, the brighter the light, the more vibrant the soul. There’s an absence of illumination from Emil as he claws his way from his corpse. He’s a black hole devouring radiance.”

I am not going to go into anything with regards to plot because that would be criminal. Is there a happy ever after…yes but the last few paragraphs really make you think? Personally I don’t think that this was an attempt to prolong this series at all but was more a shout out to those fans that had supported this particular character throughout the series, it will certainly be a topic for many discussions and probably many an outrage but for me, Evie’s story came full circle and she had finally found her feet and her purpose in life.

“Your tristitiae – I’m your sorrow.”
“No,” Brennus says with eyes softening for a moment.
“Ye’re me love.”

I have to give a shout out to Brennus, while I was never on his “team” I never once doubted his affections and intentions towards Evie but Amy Bartol really brought to life this arrogant, Irish, fallen faerie. His dialect had me crying with laughter at times and his witty one liners really balanced this book with much needed entertainment, I have to say he had some of the best quotes in this book and I have to admit I have an extremely soft spot for him.

“When ye get back, come find me mo chroi. I’ve healed ye…now wake up and banjax whoever banished ye here…”

Reed and Evie together were a formidable force and once again my heart and soul were with this fearless couple. With their band of friends that have always been there for each other this little army were as tight as ever and always had each other’s backs. Russell, Zee, Buns and Brownie all have their parts to play and their solidarity towards one another was great to read especially when the odds are stacked against them.

“I could no more leave you than the earth could leave the sun. You’ll always draw me back to you.”

With the past coming back to fight another day this team have a lot of demons to battle but I loved the unity that Amy Bartol brought to this finale. Even those perceived as unredeemable proved themselves when the chips were down and this really wrapped up this fight between good and evil.

“I made her stronger. I made her the perfect adversary. I’m the Yin to her Yang. She’s the light that cannot exist without my darkness.”

To say I have loved this series would be an epic understatement and while I am seriously gutted it is over I hope that one day Amy Bartol may bring them to life once again.

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