Rating: 4/5 stars
Length: 197 pages
Series: Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter; Book 2
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Adult, Young Adult
Publication date: April 23, 2019
Nadira felt herself fading away. She found herself in that moment before sleep when someone can dream and be aware of their surroundings at the same time. The tricky thing was sorting out what was real and what was imagined. Her world tinted yellow and everything that was once hard to see in the dimly lit apartment became brighter. Her stomach twisted and felt pulled back to her spine. She heard it grumble and felt like she hadn’t eaten in days. Hunger pangs and thirst made her angry, upset, and impatient. Why was Devon trying to stop her from eating?
All Nadira wants is to preserve the last of her soul and live a life free of magic, demons, and war. Of course, her involuntary bond with a succubus makes this impossible. Urged to find the succubus’ missing body, Nadia’s only hope of avoiding demonic possession involves working with the only demon she can tolerate without slaying. Except Derek has his hands full with his own issues. Desperate, Nadira agrees to help Derek with his issue in exchange for aid in her investigation.
Following the events of This Time, Nadira’s life has finally settled down enough for her to face the truth. Dealing with her recent resurrection and the subsequent change of everything she’s ever known and loved isn’t easy for Nadira. Now that she has some downtime to try and process, she has to fight spiraling into depression if she wants to move forward with her life. No longer wanting to associate herself with the Children of Orion means Nadira’s got her work cut out for her. Being a twenty first century young adult isn’t easy for someone who doesn’t understand the world and who’s trying not to kill anymore demons.
On the other hand, Roquelle has finally experienced life under her own control and is willing to threaten and barter with everything she has in order to get it back. Nadira can’t control her forever, so with one final ultimatum Roquelle sends Nadira on a quest to separate their souls from each other, ensuring they each have a physical form of their own. If not, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to be physically in control of her own life.
Then we have Derek. The Duke-turned-Prince of the demons. Nadira can’t decide if she hates him or not. Are they helping each other or using each other to accomplish their own selfish needs? And is Derek just helping her because to help Nadira means to help Roquelle?
This wonderful tale expanded on everything I enjoyed in This Time. The same badass heroine, the same strong morals. And, of course, the same twisted world that I can’t get enough of. While Nadira must focus on overcoming her depression, she’s still the powerful demon hunter she’s always been. Just with a few new tricks.
I feel bad for Shaun, imagining himself in love with Nadira. Sure he was unprofessional and asked her out while planning to use her as bait for that demon kid. But he did it after being influenced by Nadira’s touch. And he only became obsessed with her after Roquelle helped her deal with the cops’ questions that she was unprepared for. Nadira certainly didn’t mean to use Roquelle’s powers to the extent she did, but she was still willing to use them on Shaun when she thought he was just some cute guy.
It seems like Nadira only likes Roquelle’s powers when they work in her favour. Getting Leo to admit his deeply hidden feelings, getting Derek to rescue her once again, etc. Yet she doesn’t like it when the powers work against her. Devon’s death being the most glaringly obvious example, but also Derek making her feel wanted and turned on. It’s clear that Nadira doesn’t know what she wants for the longest time – not until she and Roquelle come to an understanding at the very end of the novel.
I’ve got to admit, I was honestly shocked when Devon actually died at Roquelle’s hands. Sure Nadira had been attempting to suppress Roquelle and prevent her from taking over, but Roquelle really didn’t need to kill one of the few people that Nadira still felt she could trust. Roquelle would’ve done better to try and help Nadira from slipping further into depression rather than risk Nadira trying to end her own life again. Sure the last time worked in Roquelle’s favour, but if it’d been me I wouldn’t have risked it.
All of that being said, I look forward to determining Derek’s intentions towards Roquelle and Nadira. It’s clear that he wants Roquelle for her powers, but is he actually developing feelings for Nadira the way it seems? Is Nadira finally able to overlook these “demons” and see them as Suly, neither good nor bad as a whole? Will Nadira and Roquelle be able to put aside their differences even after they’ve gotten themselves out of hot water? Once they’re safe and have figured out how to separate themselves? It’d be really cool if the two of them could come to some sort of understanding, though I’d understand if Nadira found it impossible to forgive Roquelle for needlessly killing Devon.
But most of all… what’s going on with Nadira’s mother? Is she actually alive? Did she really die when Nadira was a little girl, or did her father just say that because she decided to leave the order and couldn’t stand the shame of having an exiled/former Child of Orion as his wife? Ex-wife? I can’t wait for Nadira to unravel this little mystery. While in no way the most pressing thing in the story, I can’t wait to see what role Nadira’s mother plays in this whole situation. She’s the reason that Roquelle and Nadira were merged together, but there’s got to be more to it than that.
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