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Book Review #8
Apollyon By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself
* The Break Down:
After the rather cruel and heart ripping cliffhanger of Deity and several months to nurse said heart back to health, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Apollyon has since been one of my most coveted books.
Let’s just jump in and talk about Aiden *Pause to swoon , a character who is one of the prime reasons for my loyal investment in this series. At the risk of sounding like a pathetic fan girl, I must admit that this hardened sexy man in his Sentinel uniform manages to reduce me to a puddle of melted emotions every single time. Where the previous books of the series have treated us mostly to a guarded version of Aiden – the Aiden who is professional, steadfast and unwilling to put Alex at risk –Apollyon builds on much of the underlying personality that we see in Deity. The Aiden here is heart-warmingly open about his feelings for Alex. He laughs, he smiles, and he jokes. His innate determination to protect Alex, and things are definitely quite bleak at times, but there is a pleasingly notable and significant change now.
“I heard him whisper, "Eíste pánta mou..."
You are my everything.”
In Apollyon, Alex is as we left her, off the Elixir and connected to Seth through their super freaky mental bond. The opening chapters are especially nauseating as a result. Alex constantly referring to him as "my Seth" ...yuck. Thankfully, it is short-lived, and we are quickly returned to the Alex we all know and love – the snarky, well-meaning heroine who is as in love with Aiden as I am. As expected Alex's new role as Apollyon was to focal point of the stories plot and her thoughts are driven by the horrific prospect of Seth becoming the God Killer and losing her independence.
Speaking of Seth; surprisingly, and much to my liking, Seth’s obnoxious presence was limited to mind speak only. The plot progresses slowly, but aptly, with the attention diverted to the Underworld and the key to destroying Seth. There are plenty of well-paced action scenes, some that are quite gruesome and some that are wonderfully thrilling.
The secondary characters are a lot easier to appreciate in this book than the previous ones, especially Lea, and Alex’s uncle Marcus. With a shocking twist towards the end, one minor character leaves an unforeseen impression.
Over all Apollyon, is everything you could possibly want from a series with so much anticipation and hopes. I think most people will be pleased to know that this book doesn’t end on a Mount-Everest -type of cliffhanger. I am certainly relieved, but will be counting down the days until Sentinel is released!