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Great set up to a new series with main characters that you will either love or hate,
This review is from: Wicked Road to Hell: A League of Guardians Novel (Kindle Edition)
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Great set up to a new series with main characters that you will either love or hate.
Opening Sentence: Declan O'Hara stepped into the middle of the crossroads, a lonely stretch of pavement on the outskirts of town.
Declan O'Hara has spent the last two years thinking that Ana was dead and since he witnessed her death he has good reason to believe that. After Ana's death Declan spent some time in Hell as a love slave/torture victim to Lilith. Declan had resigned himself to his terrible fate when he was saved by Bill, a Seraphim. Bill wants Declan to find someone for him and bring that person to him as soon as possible. The only problem is that Declan doesn't really know who he is searching for but he gets wind of someone being protected by a vampire that is being chased by a very bad demon. Declan follows their trail to New Orleans where he finds more than he expected. Ana is still alive and the person he is after is just a teenager. To make things even crazier Ana was brought back to life by Bill to protect Kaden, a boy that has the mark of seven. Kaden is also a powerful sorcerer.
Ana DeLacrux is a 300 year old vampire. She was killed two years earlier by Declan's father. Ana has been tasked by Bill to protect Kaden against anyone who comes after him. When Ana realizes Declan has the same mission, she willingly works with him to help protect Kaden. When it is brought to light that the seven that have been marked are being hunted by both good and evil, Ana and Declan and a group of others decide they must save them because if the wrong side gets a hold of them, it will cause the beginning of the apocalypse. When they are told by the enemy two of the seven are in the care of Lilith, Declan is the only one who knows Hell and Lilith's home so he takes it upon himself to save them. Unfortunately for Declan, Ana follows him into Hell. She believes she must help him save the teenagers and Declan himself from Hell.
I struggled through the first 100 pages. I had a hard time following all the characters, who was working for who, who was good, who was bad. I also think that part of my problem was me. I was having a hard time focusing on anything, but after I made it past that hurdle I devoured the rest of the book. The world building does take some getting used to because it is huge. There are angels and demons, vampires, shifters, sorcerers, different levels of hell, but it all comes together in the end.
Declan is a man who knows what he wants and it is Ana. He stood aside while she dated someone else but then she died. Now that she is back in his life he will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Ana has a destiny and it does not include Declan. In fact, she is already betrothed to another because she is vampire royalty, because of this she is often very harsh to Declan in the beginning (this was another thing I think I had a problem with in the first 100 pages). She tries to hide her attraction with meanness and she comes off over the top bitchy. Then later some of that transfers to Declan because he doesn't want her to die again. It did seem a little awkward that two people who were so rude to each other wanted in each other's pants but I guess sometimes that harshness turns into attraction which turns into hot sex.
I wish I could have read more about Ana and Declan's past. It would have meant flashbacks but I think it would have provided more insight into their attraction for each other. I know this is a spin-off of the Jaguar Warrior series, so if their past played out in those books, I have not read that series. I would be interested to know if it does, I think that is a series I would like to add to my TBR pile.
Wicked Road to Hell was a dark thrill-ride into hell that ended up sucking me into the story. I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next. This book ends with an awesome set up to the next book in the series, King of the Damned. It's going to be a long wait until November.
The League of Guardians Series:
0.5 Wrong Side of Hell
1. Wicked Road to Hell
2. King of the Damned
FTC Advisory: HarperCollins/Avon provided me with a copy of Wicked Road to Hell. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.