Esher (Guardians of Hades #3) by Felicity Heaton
Read: 16th – 23rd March 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the author, Felicity Heaton in exchange for an honest review.
The publication date was 24th March 2018.
Thanks for the advance reader copy.
So what’s this book about?
Esher is the third novel (100,000 words) in Felicity Heaton’s new paranormal romance series – Guardians Of Hades. This new series is about the sons of Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld, and his Goddess wife, Persephone; Ares, Valen, Daimon, Esher, Keras, Calistos and Marek. Each son has been charged with guarding one of the seven gates to the Underworld – which are located here on Earth – from the daemons who want to use them and cause an apocalypse foretold by the Greek fates, the Moirai.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.
Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.
Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten.
Aiko knows from the moment she sets eyes on the black-haired warrior that he is no ordinary man, just as she’s no ordinary woman. Blessed with a gift, she can see through his stormy façade to the powerful god beneath, and the pain and darkness that beats inside him—pain she grows determined to heal as she falls deeper under his spell and into his world.
When the daemon bent on turning Esher against his brothers makes her move, will Esher find the strength to overcome his past and fulfil his duty, or will the lure of revenge allow the darkness in his heart to seize control, transforming him into a god intent on destroying the world?
Although the romantic aspect between Esher and Aiko is concluded in Ms Heaton’s signature HEA style, I am doubtful whether Esher can be read as a standalone novel as many of the characters were introduced in the first book and the background story arc is continuing into subsequent books. You can read my reviews for the previous books in the series by clicking; Ares – Guardians of Hades (#1) , Valen – Guardians of Hades (#2) or by searching the tag #Guardians of Hades Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I am already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s other series and love her writing style! Her world building is amazing; it’s her mix of fantasy and reality that captures my attention right from the start. I love that her characters are never black or white, good or evil but a complex mix of positive and negative traits and emotions which always makes them feel more realistic for me. Esher did not disappoint.
Now I must admit, I was already intrigued by Esher after meeting him in the previous books and I loved getting beneath that dark, ferocious, exterior at last. Aiko is exactly what I want from a main female character; resilient, intelligent and loyal. She has a wonderful sense of right and wrong, a beautiful person on the inside and out with a moral compass that leads her to help those in need; a fabulous addition to the female mates!
I need to confess that one of the reasons why I love Ms Heaton’s books so much is the sex; she makes the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic (I think that it takes a very talented writer to accomplish this), these erotic interludes are balanced beautifully with heartfelt imagery and poignant internal dialogue from our main romantic pair.
I loved the dizzyingly passionate love scenes, the edge-of-your-seat fight scenes, I was a blubbering mess during the tender/sad scenes and I chuckled out loud at the humour and banter; I was gripped from the first page to the last and couldn’t stop reading!
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I absolutely loved everything about this book! (Hence the 5 stars)
I would just like to take this opportunity to mention that although the romance aspect of this tale is concluded in Ms Heaton’s signature HEA style and there is no life or death cliffhanger at the end of this book (woohoo!), the story arc relating to the unknown mastermind behind all of the daemon threats that the Guardians have had to vanquish in each book is a continuing theme that will carry on developing throughout the series. Although Ms Heaton weaves pertinent information into this story so that new readers are not completely lost, in all honesty, I feel that perhaps too many little details would be missed, for example you’d miss the nuances of experiencing past relationships, plot lines and characters when jumping in cold or reading these books out of order.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this paranormal romance tale. I read the Greek myths when I was younger and love that the thesis for this series has come from them (with Ms Heaton’s usual twist, of course). Esher was a great read that engaged me from the start; making me smile, cry and feel all hot and bothered with well written erotic thrills, kick arse fight scenes and tons of romantic gestures.
As with all of Ms Heaton’s books, due to the graphic violence and sexual content – it’s definitely steamy – I would recommend this book to those adults who enjoy reading stories about the battle between one’s duty and heart, inner strength, the lengths we go for our siblings or those we love, and of course, it’s a must for those of us who adore tales about soul saving love with oodles of fire and passion.
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