Hello, fellow bookworms. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Thanatos by Felicity Heaton. Book 8 in Felicity’s adult paranormal romance series, Guardians of Hades.
What’s Thanatos about?
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Title: Thanatos by Felicity Heaton
Series: Guardians of Hades #8
Published by Self-Published on 8 June, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Action & Adventure, Adult Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Romance (PNR)
No. of Pages: 300
If you love Greek gods romance books featuring powerful dark lords of the Underworld and strong heroines who steal their hearts, this paranormal romance series is for you.
Thanatos, god of death, has a mission: scour the unknown realms of the Underworld and retrieve the only daughter of his god-king, Hades. Murdered six centuries ago and her soul captured before it could pass on, she now falls under Thanatos’s domain. Armed with only a description of the location of her prison seen in a vision by her oldest brother, Thanatos has spent four years hunting for her, determined to complete his task and save her.
But when he locates Calindria, she’s not the delicate little girl he remembers—she’s a fierce, bewitching and beautiful warrioress who stirs unwanted feelings in his black heart and she’s on a mission of her own.
Calindria, daughter of Hades, has a mission: escape her prison, hunt down the ones who murdered her twin brother, and then make her family pay for abandoning her. But the Fates have other plans, placing a distractingly gorgeous god of death in her path—a warrior who is determined to convince her that what she believed is the truth is in fact a lie.
In a realm that turns memories against them and where anything can be an illusion, can Calindria and Thanatos learn to trust each other enough to work together to escape the hellish domain, or will the darkest moments of their past prove too powerful to overcome?
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What did I think?
An Unexpected Adventure That Captivated Me
I’m already a big Felicity Heaton fan. I love her writing style and have read most of her books! Her world-building is amazing. The mix of fantasy and reality captures my attention right from the start. I love her characters. They’re never just good or evil but a complex assortment of positive and negative traits and emotions. It’s this combination and attention to detail that always makes her stories feel more realistic for me. I read Greek myths when I was younger and love that they’re the inspiration for this series. With Felicity’s usual twist, of course.
Thanatos was worth the wait!
Let me explain. I seem to be drawn to dark, deadly and damaged anti-heroes. 😉 Thanatos piqued my interest when we first met him earlier in the series (Marek). He was powerful, flirtatious, and imposing. I relished getting inside his head and enjoyed seeing a different side of him in this book. Calindria was not what I was expecting – she was so much more! She turned out to have all the personality traits that I want from a female protagonist. She’s resilient, intelligent, loyal and strives to fight any injustice.
Now we need to mention the s-e-x. 😉
Felicity writes great sex scenes, they’re explicit but she still makes them feel romantic. This is a talent sadly lacking in many books I’ve read over the years. The erotic scenes are balanced beautifully with poignant internal dialogue and heartfelt revelations from Thanatos and Calindria.
Thanatos had me hooked and gave me all the feels I crave.
I adored the passionate love scenes. Held my breath during the edge-of-your-seat fight scenes. I was a blubbering mess during the tender and sadder scenes, and I chuckled at the humour and banter. In short, I was gripped from the first page to the last and couldn’t stop reading!
Felicity loves a happy ever after ending for her romantic couples in all her books.
Thanatos and Calindria aren’t left hanging, unsatisfied. 😉 The immediate threats are dealt with without the need for a life-or-death cliffhanger either. woohoo! However, there are still a couple of story threads that have been running through the whole series that remain unresolved. Felicity has hinted that she’ll tie up those loose ends in a couple of novellas, including a story about Hades and Persephone. *squee*
Felicity tries to ensure that new readers or existing forgetful ones aren’t confused or lost reading Thanatos. Vital information from previous books is weaved seamlessly within these pages. However, as with any series, I think you need to read the other books first.
Thanatos was a fantastic read, keeping me hooked from the very first page! It made me smile, cry and feel all hot and bothered (in a good way). I loved the well-written erotic thrills, kick arse fighting, and the romantic gestures sprinkled throughout this book.
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.
Who would I recommend Thanatos to?
Adult readers who enjoy stories with an “acknowledging the darkness but not letting it rule you” element. Those who want characters with hidden addictions and turmoil and stories exploring the lengths we go for family. And of course, readers who, like me, adore tales about soul-saving love with oodles of fire and passion.
Has my review of THANATOS (GUARDIANS OF HADES #8) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this incredible series and its author.
Guardians of Hades Series by Felicity Heaton
The Guardians of Hades series is about the sons of Hades and Persephone. The Greek God of the Underworld and his wife the Goddess of vegetation and spring.
Ares, Valen, Daimon, Esher, Keras, Calistos and Marek are Princes of the Underworld and Lords of a specific element. Each son has been charged with guarding one of the seven gates to the Underworld. The gates are in various cities here on Earth: New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and two in Seville.
Daemons and Hellspawn want to use the gates to cause an apocalypse foretold by the Greek fates, the Moirai.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of the Guardians of Hades books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.
- Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) (2016)
- Valen (Guardians of Hades #2) (2017)
- Esher (Guardians of Hades #3) (2018)
- Marek (Guardians of Hades #4) (2020)
- Calistos (Guardians of Hades #5) (2020)
- Daimon (Guardians of Hades #6) (2020)
- Keras (Guardians of Hades #7) (2020)
- Thanatos (Guardians of Hades #8) (2021)
- Hades (Guardians of Hades #9) (Expected 9th August 2022)
- Persephone (Guardians of Hades #10) (Expected 6th September 2022)
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Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I really appreciate it. Tell me I’ve tempted you to add Thanatos to your ever growing TBR pile. 😉 Have you read any of the books in this series? Drop me a link in the comments so that I can read your thoughts.
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Bye for now,