My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published June 25th 2013 by Catapult Press
Demon slayer, Ariel Malony, thought she knew her friend and travelling companion, Nick, but she discovers that at the University of Sheldra, he is a respected translator with little time to spare. Now that he isn't at her side all the time, she wishes he was, and when she finally admits her love, powerful emotions sweep her away like flotsam in a raging torrent.
An army of demons force them to cut short their stay and from the gothic architecture of Sheldra, they travel between enormous standing stones, and across a vast dry plain to the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage where Ariel meets her greatest challenge yet.
There, the demon lord, Emot takes advantage of her inexperience in matters of the heart and preys on her desire for pleasure, setting off a struggle with addiction that threatens to break Nick's heart and turn Ariel into the demon's mindless slave. She must reach deep into her soul and find the mystical power she needs to kill the one who promises pleasure but delivers only pain. Fail, and she will lose the one she loves and spend an eternity in the demon's grip.
Third book's the charm... not that the first two weren't equally amazing. They are. But this was definitely my favorite of the three, so far.
Each book is so different from the previous you can really see how Ariel is growing and learning as she goes up the mountain. And, of course, with each new demon we also learn more about her.
I loved how different this one is, instead of constantly moving around on her journey up the mountain Ariel stays put longer in one or two places and, again, it's another great way to learn more about her.
There are a lot of struggles that are perfectly described you can't help but feel for Ariel and everyone else helping her get through it.
Everyone, I don't know if I ever shared my thoughts on all the characters in my reviews for the previous books but they're all just as great. You feel for them, you care for them and you'll just find a way to connect with all of them.
This one really left me looking forward to the next book.
Check out the rest of the series:
ibooks Australia; search for Tahlia Newland in other stores.