Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: TOR Books
Publication Date: January 29, 2013 (originally published 6/1/09)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle 565 KB | Paperback 432 pages
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Author's Website: http://www.sylviaday.com/
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Class is in, but Evangeline Hollis is struggling to get through the requisite training to be a full-fledged Mark. When her class goes on a field trip to an abandoned military base, passing the course isn’t just a matter of pride…it’s a matter of life and death.
There’s a demon hidden among them, killing off Eve’s classmates one by one.
As the body count mounts, a ragtag team of cable TV ghost hunters unwittingly stumbles into the carnage. Now keeping the Mark system secret competes with the need to keep the “paranormal researchers” alive. With Cain on assignment and Abel on an investigation, Eve must fly solo on her hunt to stop a killer before he strikes again.
It's been a couple weeks since I finished this book, but I jotted down my thoughts when I finished it so for this review I am just going to hit those points I thought were most important at that time.
This story starts off pretty much right where the last one left off...or rather where the first book began. Eve has been brought back basically from the dead and now she's in training. She does seem to have an advantage over her fellow trainees, though. One, she has already spent time in the field, so to speak and two, she has Cain, the ultimate Mark, as her mentor. This leaves her open to jealousy amongst her peers and tends to make her stand out.
Gadara is up in the training rotation just as it's time for Eve to train, a coincidence that is not at all lost of either of the brothers. The training group is headed to an old military base, while Cain is being sent to investigate a new breed of infernal that has been killing Marks. This mark is like nothing they have seen before and it grows with each kill. The new recruits are supposed to be in training, but it's clear very early on that there is more going on when people start to die.
While Eve and Cain are separated Abel steps in and gets closer to her through their bond as Mark and Handler. The three of them from a triumvirate during a moment of passion. This bonds them even further and I believe that this is something that was set in motion from the time that Cain fell in love with Eve all those years ago. A higher power has been pushing these pieces into place for years. Eve and Abel get much closer in this book and as much as I love Cain, I have to admit that I didn't hate it!
Eve is still in the dark about what Cain's long range plans are. It's clear that while he is torn between his love for her and wanting to head his own firm, I honestly don't think he would choose her in the end if it came down to it. When Gadara disappears, big changes are in store for Cain when heaven needs a new Archangel to take his place, but where does this leave Eve?
This story was a little more drawn out than the last one, but I didn't enjoy it any less. I am such a fan of Ms. Day's writing that it could have been 600 pages and I still would have enjoyed it. There was a lot more action in this one. We did meet a few new characters in this book that will play a bigger part in the next book, not the least of which was Samael.
If you liked the first book then you are definitely going to want to pick this one up. As with the first one, this continues with the somewhat biblical theme, make no mistake though, this is not a Bible story. There are more steamy love scenes, etc... It's very much an adult read.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*