Redemption (Redemption #1) by R.K. Ryals
Since this was the beginning of the series it takes a while to set up the story. I started really getting into the story about half way through once Marcas was there and things started getting exciting. The secondary characters were well fleshed out and I liked them: Monroe and Conor.
“You didn't watch the next seven years of her life lived in a prison with no affection and only condemnation. You can't even recognize the fact that her strength comes now from betrayal. What must it feel like to find out you were raised to be sacrificed to a Demon?”
I liked the writing. I think my only critique would be that the supernatural parts were very complicated and the explanations were at times stilted and took a way from the flow of the story by slowing everything down. Dayton was very unwilling to believe in the fantastical parts that her life was thrust into in the beginning. But then towards the middle she accepted everything quickly. In the beginning she was stubbornly acting like an ostrich burying its head in the sand or an obstinate child putting her hands on her ears singing: “la, la, la.” And then all of a sudden she is just over it.
I think since this is the beginning of a series, it takes some time to set up the storyline which can sometimes be jarring for the pacing. I think that I might like the next book in the series better because of this fact. I was really getting drawn into the action and the characterization of Marcas towards the second half of the book. I found Marcas' complexities very intriguing. He is not a very “good” demon. “Marcas' failure is his mercy.” The battle with the demons was exciting and I was drawn into Marcas' and Dayton's quest to find a magic ring. I am excited to start the next book. 4 stars.
Ransom (Redemption #2) by R.K. Ryals
This book was gifted to me by the author. Thank You!
The book begins with Marcas and Dayton on a flying carpet going on a quest to retrieve a magic ring so as to break their bond. Dayton is afraid of heights and is swearing and complaining for the entire trip. Marcus' ex, the angel Sophia shows up and Dayton gets a bit jealous. "It was like staring at a perfect piece of china, so beautiful, so flawless, that the only thing I wanted to do with it was throw it agaisnt a wall and watch it shatter." Things get really complicated on the quest for the ring. "Sophia wanted to protect the ring, Lucas wanted to take me to my father, Marcas wanted unbound, and I just wanted to go home." "Something told me mixing the word Hell with hound wasn't like mixing ice with cream."
I am liking Dayton more in this book. She is stronger. And she is so funny. While Dayton gets tougher, Marcas seems to soften a bit. "I may need instruction. I may even need rescuing here and there. But, I am not weak. And when I learn something new, I learn it. I don't forget it, Marcas. I may fear things, but I am one hell of a fighter. And I didn't inherit that from Angels. It didn't come from Bezaliel. No, I inherited that from my mother." All these forces stand in Dayton's way. Demons want her destroyed or they want to use her for their own gain. Dayton insists on doing things the hard way and being complicated, because "it's more fun." Then she starts a forbidden love affair with Marcas. "I loved words. They gave meaning to life, explained feelings many couldn't express otherwise. It was a release. And if it was strange for me to like literature and poetry, then I rather liked being strange." Marcas is the only one without an agenda, the only one who doesn't want to use Dayton. Marcas wants to give Dayton the chance to choose her own fate. "Everyone has the capacity for evil. But evil doesn't have the capacity to be merciful."
I really like this book better than the first one. Dayton seems more mature and the writing is stronger. This book is really exciting too with all the battles going on and Dayton standing strong in the middle. I like the tough, surly, demon Marcas. He cares a lot for Dayton, though he is a man of few words, he is always there when she needs him. And when you are at war with Hell, and the mother of demons Lilith, it is a good idea to have a badass, warrior demon at your back. With all the pain and evil in the world, I do believe that good will triumph. I believe that love is stronger than horror. This book ends with a cliffhanger and now I must see how this trilogy will end because now I am really loving this story. 5 stars.
Retribution (Redemption #3) by R.K. Ryals
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This is the conclusion of the trilogy. Dayton has been kidnapped by Damon. Dayton loves Marcas and Marcas loves her too. Damon wants to rape Dayton and trap Marcas. Dayton is so much stronger now and in control of her power. Damon uses the ring to purge Marcas from Dayton. “Because as the ring worked to purge the Demon blood from my body, I felt my heart crack, the hairline fracture moving down the organ, widening until the halves fell apart.”
Dayton goes into the ring to rescue Marcas. “He'd saved a lot of lives, had fallen in love, lost that love, protected me, and then hopelessly fallen in love again.”
And so the exiles go to war in Hell and Bezaliel tells Marcas to walk away from Dayton. In Hell, Lucifer makes Marcas and Dayton suffer through three trials and only their love for each other keeps them alive. There are so many forces standing between Marcas and Dayton and it seems that it would be completely impossible that they can end up happily together. Along the way, Dayton matured and she trusted and loved the strong, surly demon Marcas. But neither Heaven nor Hell wants to allow them to be together. This was a beautiful love story and great conclusion of the series. I ended up really liking Dayton. I was annoyed with her in the first book, but her pain and suffering matured her and her love for Marcas saves them both. I really liked this series a lot. 5 stars.