Friday, July 15, 2016

Defiance by RS Broadhead

Book Description:

Book 1 in The Reaper Series

I. Am. Death.

His only job? To watch.

Watch the family Fate branded for death be butchered by a random drunk.

Cadeus Reaper was created by Grim for reaping souls. So why can’t he do the one thing he was made for?

Cadeus always knew he was different from other Reapers. Still – he struggled to fit in, to follow orders, and earn his way to the top spot of Demoral as he was intended for, that is until he reaps a soul for the first time.

He defied Death’s law by attempting to stop a human from being executed.

He failed.

Or so he thought.
His crime would not go unpunished or unnoticed.
Trapped. In a cell. For over twenty years as mental and physical abuse haunted him--only to discover that the girl he tried to save is very much alive--but will soon be dead.

With no other choice, Cadeus has to do the impossible. Escape an inescapable prison. With the help of a newfound friend, he manages to reach freedom, only to find the world he once knew is gone. Grim has disappeared, leaving utter chaos. Fate, along with other Reapers, have taken over his home, the realm of Nekroun Earth.

Along with Demons and Angels, Fate has demanded the girl that Cadeus saved be found. Can Cadeus get to her first? Or will she end up in the hands of a fate she’s been running from?

My Thoughts:
I was excited about this book because I've enjoyed other books by Broadhead.  It didn't disappoint.  I really liked Cade.  He is a strong (both mentally and physically) reaper.  I completely disliked Fate from the beginning.  She was just twisted and had a 'bad' feeling about her.  Cade didn't follow the rules and was ready to accept the consequences, at least he thought so.  He wasn't prepared for what Grim sentenced him to, nor what all that entailed.
I completely disliked all the Demorals and even more so after Grim disappears.  Cade's befriending of of Ryker was unusual but then it wasn't.  Ryker was the only link to the outside world he had and the only one who would talk to him while he was in prison.  I loved that Cade was determined, no matter what rules he had to break, to save this little girl.  After thinking for all the years in prison that he had failed and being told he had succeeded, it had to be an elating and then terrifying feeling to realize she is once again in danger.  The little clues dropped through the book that he is meant for more keep you pushing to read more.
5/5 for me and I will absolutely be reading the next in 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.


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