Only a villain can save the day.
During his thousand year banishment in the Nethers, Balthazar thought of nothing but taking over the Crossroads from Death.
On the day he puts his plans into action, Balthazar finds the Crossroads on lockdown. Death has been stabbed by Brianne’s Bitterness, a blade that slowly leaches him of his powers. In order to challenge Death for his seat and prevent utter chaos, Balthazar is forced into a mission to find the Redeemer, the only being capable of pulling out the blade from Death’s chest. The only person who can identify the Redeemer is a human girl in the Crossroads whose soul is still attached to her body.
Meeting Arianne Wilson pushes Balthazar’s patience to the limit. In a deal he makes with Death, he must protect Arianne during their journey through the Underverse using all the resources available to him. He soon realizes the one he needs to protect is himself. For as much harm as it inflicts on Balthazar's body, trekking through the Underverse with Arianne is proving more dangerous for his heart and soul.
Can the villain remain a villain when love gets in the way?
I really enjoyed this book. Ari wakes up and none of the deal she had made with Death had been fulfilled. She is soon thrown into a mission with Balthazar. He is a bad guy, no way around that, he even admits it. The whole reason he had come to the crossroads was to challenge Death for his job. Finding Death with a knife sticking out of his stomach was disheartening and ruined all of Balthazar's plans. Now he must find the Redeemer, with a human soul along, keeping her safe, all so he can save Death and challenge him for his seat!
Ari getting on Balthazar's nerves was completely entertaining. I loved the bond that they 'acquired', I'm not sure that didn't annoy Balthazar even more. Balthazar was a great character. He was a little off and I completely loved him through the story but he did give me whiplash a couple of times with his changing. The interesting 'people' along the way were awesome. The house they stayed in was eventful and I really liked the way the story unfolded.
I rate this a 4/5. I liked Balthazar a lot! I can't wait to see where Kate goes with this series!!!
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.