Paradise Damned by S.M. Reine




17370420Title: Paradise Damned
Author:  S.M. Reine
Publisher: Red Iris Books
Format: eBook
Publication Date: May 20th 2013 
Overall: 5 out of 5 moons


The final book in The Descent Series.


Elise Kavanagh is being held captive without weapons or allies. The only way out of the garden is to kill God Himself.


James Faulkner’s son has been taken by Metaraon, but James is caught in Limbo and helpless to save him.


An army of half-angel, half-demon hybrids is converging on the gates of Heaven, where the Union prepares for a final battle.


The end has arrived.



I have long loved SM Reine’s Descent series, and felt that I should share my feelings in general for this series and the final book Paradise Damned. This series has taken us from a quiet life in Reno, Nevada and finishes out in Heaven realm with a huge bang.


Elise in this book broke my heart. She is so steadfast and strong, and she will not break. She is so incredibly admirable because she wants to give in, but she never does. She knows what it will mean if she does. Elise found out she was horribly betrayed in this book, and while some characters have given her flak for being cold, I thought she was incredibly compassionate in the face of that. I don’t think that I would have the strength that Elise had in the garden. There is so much I want to acknowledge Elise for, but so much of it is spoilers. Suffice it to say that Elise is an amazing person and deserved so much more than she ever got.


I was so happy that this book primarily stayed with Elise. I was so angry with James at the end of the last book, that I was glad he wasn’t a huge part in the beginning of this novel. James made his choices as a young and foolish man. This doesn’t excuse him from any of the things he did or more importantly didn’t do. However, the more I thought on it the more I could understand why the power would be tempting for him. I’m glad in a way that Nathaniel refused James the understanding that he looked for. James definitely didn’t deserve it, and he has to understand why Nathaniel and Elise would want nothing to do with him. I will give James credit for not being immature about Elise’s decision to stay away, and I am glad he is stubbornly holding on to Nathaniel.


SM Reine did a fantastic job of wrapping this series up. She had solid world building from beginning to end. I truly didn’t want this series to end, but I couldn’t put it down. The plot was intricate and twisted. There were so many turns that I never saw coming, and in this final book there were so many.


I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I also feel it’s worth mentioning that this entire series received 4.85 out of 5 stars from me. If you love adult urban fantasy with twisting plotlines and characters that make the emotions pour out of you then I can’t recommend this series enough.





**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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