The Immortal by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book 2 in the series and I’m not sure what I expected. The first book really took you for a ride that had a lot of choices along the way that I questioned. I’m happy to report that this book didn’t use the template of the first so we get some new stuff introduced along with some more(?) likable characters.
Ophelia is known as a failure by the other harpies. She’s a mix between a nymph and a harpy so has already broken the (now removed) rule of chastity among those looking to fight for general status. She’s also been burned by someone she thought she loved, so she’s a little gun shy when it comes to men. Halo is known as the machine and for good reason. As one of the group of warlords currently occupying the kingdom, he’s not been known for his emotions or anything akin to human-ness. As the next task approaches, Halo knows he will have to win to make up for the favor lost in the last round.
This story reads a bit like Groundhog Day meets that Tom Cruise movie, where there’s a lot of relived death and resetting the timeline, but an overall goal that will get them out of the loop. While Ophelia and Halo both agree to not be romantic, it blows up in their faces when their true natures are screaming at them about the fated mate status. We get a good amount of smut, paranormal epic fights, mythical beings & powers, and overall a good chance at a solid step forward for the big war brewing. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one after a little hesitancy to re-commit. This book got be back on the warlords train, so happy to continue on with the next book!
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