Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Release Review | Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole

Title: Deep Redemption
Series: The Hades Hangmen
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: July 12th, 2016

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Synopsis from Goodreads


He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear… But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

Contemporary Dark Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up. 

What I Thought: 

"It is easy to ignore someone's sins when love blinds you." 

I feel like the quote above sums up Deep Redemption. With this novel came a large cry for justice, which I believe Cole did deliver, just not in a way most would expect. Focusing on Rider, better known as "The Prophet Cain" and Harmony, a newly announced Daughter of Eve, Deep Redemption was supposed answer all of our burning questions accumulated from the other books of the series. And in a way, Deep Redemption did. Just, not in a way maybe all would have liked. 

If I could sum up my experience with Deep Redemption, I'd say emotional. Cain had never been my favorite, even when he was Rider, so I had some trepidation even before I started reading. However, as I flipped through the pages, I soon found myself a fourth of the way done, then a half, and finally finished, all within the time span of 2 hours. And at the end, I couldn't quite put my thumb on how I felt about the novel. It wasn't until this morning, some time after finishing, that I figure out what I was feeling. I wanted MORE. 

Not only did Cain have trouble brewing with The Hades Hangmen, he also had hit a hard wall with the only other family member he had, his twin brother Judah. Forced into confinement, Cain no longer held any type of power. His title had been stripped away from his, along with everything he had worked for during his 24 years of life. It wasn't that his life had been taken away, his entire life course had been altered. 

Harmony, while new to the New Zion compound, was not new to the lifestyle. Recently deemed a "Daughter of Eve" because of her beauty, it was her duty to marry the high prophet and fulfill the prophecy for the New Age.  By coming together, Rider {Cain} and Harmony create a unique story. Their journey to know real love is a hard one. There are tears, tragedies, and tests. Only a love blessed by God could endure such hardships. 

Again, Cole astounds me with her writing skills. Each chapter of Deep Redemption corresponded to information found in the previous novels, taking their stories even further into the mix. My only complaint was that because of the nature of the story, I didn't feel like Cain & Harmony's story was over. Even at the end of the novel, waiting for the curtain call, it just didn't seem done. I felt like there was so much more to say, to do, and to achieve through their characters, that I was a little disappointed with how it ended. I wanted MORE. I just didn't personally think they achieved all that they could. I hope that with Damnable Grace {Hades Hangmen #5}, their story might continue. 

As always, if you haven't read the series, READ IT NOW! Tillie Cole is probably the best contemporary novelist I've ever had the pleasuring of reading, so it will be well worth your time. 

Victoria ♥

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