Great new twist on a familiar genre,
This review is from: Betrayal (The Divine Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Betrayal (The Divine, Book Two)
I really enjoyed Balance, the first book in this series and couldn't wait to start this one. While I was a bit confused at how the book kicked off, being 5 years later, it didn't take long to pick up the missing pieces as Mr Forbes leaves snippets of information which reveal how the protagonist has developed/survived to date. As for the reasoning behind the 5 year gap - perhaps with Landon having so much to learn about his abilities, Mr Forbes needed the additional time to create a more realistic Landon being more comfortable with his advanced diuscrucis powers?
However, Landon is now emotionally just a shell of his former self - the challenge of maintaining the balance between good and evil, on top of being betrayed by those he loved, has stripped him of most of his humanity. If it wasn't for Sarah, the girl he's sworn to protect, and the puzzle of a single rune found on all Divine objects, one wonders whether he would have given it all up for a little oblivion. Well, if he wasn't immortal...
Landon's internal residents epitomise the role he represents - an internal balance with an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other. I thoroughly enjoyed the independent relationship between these two entities, as well as them being there to bring a little light, companionship and depth to Landon's otherwise somewhat flat existence.
There is a tonne of kick-ass action throughout the storyline, fights that sometimes appear fantastical and surreal as Landon continues the battle to prevent the destruction all of mankind - and while doing so, suffers the ultimate betrayal - that of his very reason for being!
MR Forbes writes well, allowing the story to progress without too much attention to any one detail. This allows the reader more freedom of imagination which, to me, is what a book should be, rather than been forced to live the authors world to a letter. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
There was no cliff-hanger in this book, it closed where it should and leaves the reader looking forward to the next one - Broken. Both books bring an interesting new twist to this genre and I absolutely recommend them!