by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Harbinger #3
Published by Inkyard Press
Release Date: June 1st, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Format Read: ARC, eBook
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Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.
Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.
As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I don’t even know where to start with this one: it’s no secret that Jen’s Harbinger series is one of my all-time favorites. Add the knock-you-on-your-ass ending of Rage and Ruin on top of that, and you can imagine my excitement upon receiving this particular ARC a couple of weeks ago. I read the entire thing in less than forty-eight hours, and while I’m sad, this is the last book in the series; it was the perfect ending to an equally perfect series.
We dive into the story right after the events of Rage and Ruin, so if you have not read that one – abort mission. This review contains spoilers for the first two books in the series. After battling the Harbinger, losing her protector in the process, and having him show up days later and with white, feathery wings, no less, Trinity, in a manner of speaking, finds herself alone behind enemy lines. Turns out, fallen angels come with their own brand-new set of complications. Torn between her heart and the painful realization that there might be no fixing this, Trin prepares herself for more than one battle.
Two chapters in, I was completely hooked and already bawling my eyes out. I’m not usually big on tears while reading, but this one got me from the get-go and didn’t let up until the very last page. I literally couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. As for the characters: I bonded with Trinity the second I met her, and I continued to cry, laugh, hope, and fight with her through every chapter in this final installment. Our badass, amazing, doesn’t-take-shit-from-anyone Trueborn really steps up to the plate in this one, navigating her heart, her duty, and facing every challenge thrown at her head-on. There are no words to describe how much I adore her character.
Given the circumstances, we see an entirely different and somewhat darker side to Zayne; deep-down, his invariably good nature, however, never wavers. He’s come a long way from the Dark Elements series and, confronted with the repercussions of his new powers, continues to evolve and grow as a character. He’s not perfect in any sense of the word, but I love him all the more for it. There’s not much I can say about Zayne and Trin’s relationship without giving away too much, except that it’s everything you could possibly want. If you’re not already head over heels in love with those two, you will be after this one. The two of them fighting for each other, and their happily-ever-after is complete and utter perfection.
Overall the plot is well-paced, laced with action, heartbreak, angst, and romance, and packed with twists and turns around every corner. Throw beloved characters such as Bambi, Peanut, Cayman, Roth, and Layla, as well as new, weird residents of hell into the mix, and we have a flawless conclusion to a mind-blowing series.
Pro-tip: bring tissues.
Hi! I’m Lisa. I’m twenty-three, a college student and a book lover. I spend every free minute, and most of my lectures, reading all kinds of books, which is how I ended up here. While I particularly enjoy books of the young and new adult variety, I also love historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, all things romance, and one or the other classic as well. If I’m not reading, I’m either working, sleeping, binge-watching my newest obsession on Netflix, or on my way to Starbucks, to satisfy my slight caffeine addiction.