Author: N. J. Walters
Series: Forgotten Broterhood #1
Maccus Fury, a fallen angel, is trying hard to keep his sanity. Seems being an assassin might be catching up with him. Now, Heaven, or Hell, has sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. Lovely. She’s pretending to seduce him, and he’s okay with that. She’s smart and snarky––but she has no idea what she’s walked into. And he’s more than peeved that they only sent one person. They’re going to need an army if they want him dead.
Morrigan Quill is one of Hell’s bounty hunters. She sold her soul to keep her sister safe, and now she’s working off her contract by catching bad guys and dragging them back to hell. Just a hundred years to go. When Hades makes her a new offer––that’s definitely too good to be true––she can’t say no. All she has to do is kill a powerful and crazy-hot fallen angel, who will totally kick her ass in battle.
Good thing he won’t see what’s coming next.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ve been pushing writing this review for far too long. I guess I have hit a lazy streak where it takes me too long to read a book and even longer to write something about them. But I guess it’s better late than never, so let’s remove the dust for our wings and take fly to have a better perspective of this book! The higher you get, the better it will look. Trust me!
In this first book of the saga we meet the fallen angel known as Maccus. He is a founding member of the mysterious Forgotten Brotherhood, a guild formed by assassins that like to keep their business to themselves (and somehow they are called Brotherhood…). Maccus is the baddest of the bad, but that life is starting to annoy him. In order to rock his world, Morrigan enters the picture. She is a lackey of Lucifer, who must fulfill a contract with him by catching demons who don’t want to follow Hell’s rules. Her last mission is none other than hunting Maccus, but the fallen angel has been given a similar quest: kill Morrigan. Who is playing with their lives and what is their ultimate goal? Is it even possible to start a love relationship in a situation like that? Only one way to know…
This book has a pretty clean and interesting face: great cover that draws attention (and some appreciative whistles…) and a nice summary of the plot at the backcover. It was a great promise for good action, hot passion and a slowly brewed mystery. But I’m afraid that promise fails in every aspect. I will start with the action scenes or the festival of CTRL+C and CTRL+V as I like to call them. There are plenty of fighting, but almost all of those scenes are narrated following the same script. After the third or the fourth time it gets old and they become a great annoyance. Besides, the fact that Maccus is bigger than big and more powerful than power itself provoked that almost all of those moment lacked interest or the smallest hint of trepidation. Zero sense of danger. But at least there are exchange of fists, swinging of swords and some display of magical tricks; which makes the pace of the reading faster.
If the fighting scenes per se are very repetitive, the story itself is also a strange loop whose function I still don’t have clear. It goes like this: Maccus and Morrigan have some sex, Maccus and Morrigan wonder when they are going to kill each other, Maccus and Morrigan go out in a mission, Maccus and Morrigan encounter Lucifer, Gabriel or both, Maccus and Morrigan fight them, Maccus and Morrigan go back home and have some sex. And repeat. And repaeat. And, please, repeat. The explanation for hiring both of them to kill each other is lazy as Hell and I’m struggling to make any sense from it. I tried to reread the parts were the plot was revealed, but a second pass didn’t throw more light into the mess. I guess I need someone to grab my hand and guide me through this maze, because I’m afraid I don’t undestand a thing.
Even though is nothing remarkable, the story is at least bearable. But what it doesn’t have any chance of redemption are the characters themselves. In my opinion, it was a mistake to make Maccus so… so… so everyting. We are constantly reminded about his size and how menacing he looks and behaves. About how deadly he is. About how easy is for him to just kill and kill. The author has created a killing machine with the default setting of gutting everything in the middle of his goals. He is too damn cold. Until the very end, he is constantly lamenting that he will have to kill Morrigan, because obviusly she doesn’t have a chance against such a perfect warrior as himdelsf. I found this character very annoying overall. And the fact that Morrigan is attracted to such fine piece of unemotioanl rock doesn’t speak very well of her. They call it love, but I don’t believe it. It is not even good lust.
The ending is as good as the rest. But it made me laugh so hard, that I’m going to give it extra points for such crazy absurdity that came out of nowehere. I mean, if you want to end with something like that… seed the land first! I’m not going to lie: it is not a good book, but it is not boring or a pain to read. It has good elements, but they are put together messily. I hope the second one is better developed!
The word I have picked with this book could fit perfectly in my daily life:
woolgather: to engage in woolgathering (very funny…)
woolgathering: indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness