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Ravage may be the best of the Scarred Souls series to date. Honestly, once I was past the first 20% or so, it felt as though Tillie Cole had really stepped up her game. All the things I missed about the first two-interaction between other characters and the MCs-was there. While I enjoyed Raze and Reap, I didn't like that the H/h felt so isolated, even Luka and Kisa who were surrounded by people. Here, in Ravage, Cole makes the connection. Maybe it's the fact that both Valentin and Zoya are fighting for someone (else) that they love. Valentin, unlike Luka and Zaal before him, didn't seem as disconnected to society, so his voice was easier to relate to. The later interactions between Zaal and Zoya are heart-wrenching, as is the scenes where Valentin and his sister are torn apart.
And, Zoya and Valentin felt more like equals in their relationship, unlike the previous couples. At the same time, their conflicts felt more organic. As always with Tillie Cole, the sex is dark at times (it's not unusual for one or more of the characters to have been raped or sexually assaulted) and erotic. I've moved quickly onto Riot, the newest in the Scarred Souls series, which releases next week. And, I'm not going to lie, I hope somewhere down the road Cole is going to surprise us with the resurrection of Anri, because at this point I refuse to believe he's really, really dead.
The Scarred Souls series dives into the world of the Russian and Eastern European organized crime. There is a power struggle within the infrastructure of these organizations. The powerful families are vying for the power. They will do anything to gain the ruling power including using their children as pawns. Their children are being stolen. Their children are being sold into slavery. By taking the heirs they are leaving these powerful families weak.
It's not only the children of the ruling elite being stolen. The lost and forgotten orphans are also being taken to build an army for another secret powerful organization. An organization that even the ruling factions know nothing about. An organization that is vying to ruin and take over the established organizations. The Arzianis, known as the Night Wraiths, is an international empire, like a new stalin, vying to takeover all the Bratvas.
Ravage is the third book in the series. I strongly recommend reading the first two books in order before tackling this book. Tillie Cole has created a complex world in the Russian Bratva organizations. Their organizations and violent interactions span the old world as well as their new world in the U.S. The first two books lay most of the ground work for the Ravage story.
Valentin was taken when he was eleven. He and his younger sister were taken in the middle of night from the Russian orphanage. He vowed to take care of his sister and would do anything to keep her alive. He became 194, the most ruthless and highly trained assassin in the Night Wraith army. His mistress was on a mission of vengeance after her lover was killed by 221, Zaal Kostava, the Georgian heir. Using his sister as collateral motivates 194 to become a killing machine he was trained and drugged to be. He is no longer a human being. He is a brutal and murdering monster.
As a child Zoya Kostava survived the massacre that killed her family and Georgian Bratva. She barely survived and the remaining members have kept her hidden from the world. When she finds out her older brother Zaal not only survived but has formed an alliance with their enemies, she's shocked. She no longer has to stay in hiding. She is no longer alone in the world. She is free to meet her brother she hasn't seen in years.
Standing outside the street, watching her brother fraternize with the enemy is heartbreaking. She must decide if she wants to reunite with him or remain dead. The choice is taken out of her hands when she's taken by a monster. A monster that will torture her, hurt her, and kill her to get to her brother.
Zoya sees something more than a monster. She sees another victim like herself and her brother. When the rage drugs wear off, he's a different kind of man. He's not necessarily kind but he is not brutal or cruel. The man beneath the monster is a survivor and man of honor.
Zoya and 194 fall in love in an impossible world where they are both pawns in a high stakes war. A war that may destroy every person in the Bratva. If they are going to die, it's going to be on their own terms, they are going to die knowing they are loved.
Tillie Cole has raised the stakes in Scarred Souls series. I could not put this book down. This complex series has taken a new direction that starts a new war. The Bratva world has taken on a new enemy. There are numbers that need to be rescued and souls to be found. The new Bratva will die trying to save these Scarred Souls.
194 is on a mission to do the one thing he’s been trained to do- kill. The drugs pumping through his system leave little room in his mind to do anything else. He does what he has to do, by any means necessary, to try and get information from his prisoner. I hate to admit this, but the torture that 194 but Zoya through turned me on something wicked! Maybe because of the big, dark, scary secrecy of 194, or maybe because Zoya secretly wanted it too, or maybe I just love the way Tillie writes dark romance. I have no idea but I do know a few scenes had me squirming in my chair. And Zoya, the brave warrior that she is, took it all with regal. YOU GO, GIRL!
This book continues also with Luka’s story and we were given a handful of chapters from his POV. They focused mainly on mafia business, versus life with his Kisa. He’s still my favorite but I’m selfish and want more of him and Kisa.
Zoya made me chuckle a bit... She survived an attack on her entire family at a young age, has spent the rest of her life in hiding, yet she talks about this lifestyle as if she’s an expert. She must have had some amazing role models that kept her hidden and told her stories about the way things were/are. (Think Bran in Game of Thrones, lol) She had been trained and taught well, apparently.
Some of the phrases were a bit repetitive for me. And I’m only noticing this trend within these books, nothing from Tillie’s self-published works. For example, “I opened the door, making sure I did it silently. A large ornate hallway lay beyond the door.” D-O-O-R. We get it; the door is clearly a pivotal object in this scene.
I’m anxious for this series to come to a close. I’m currently reading Riot (yes, currently. Not like “I’m reading it but don’t start it for another six months.” No, I’m like 60-pages in, I swear.) and am falling in love with 152 and 901. Let’s see how this dramatic, dark series ends!
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