Oh the struggle was real! I was torn between devouring every word as quickly as possible because I have been looking forward to this book for a year now and taking my time savoring every word to make it last longer. Of course I am an impatient creature so I took a page out of Seth's book and went with devouring the first time around then going back to savoring for round two!
And speaking of Seth, just what exactly IS our friendly neighborhood Apollyon turned God Killer? Well the answer is much more than anyone including Seth himself ever expected! He is on the road trying to put as many miles between him and Josie as possible for her protection when a familiar nymph poofs into the car and nearly causes him to drive off the road. Said nymph named Ewan proceeds to drop all kinds of knowledge on Seth that he is just not prepared to acknowledge until he has consumed his weight in alcohol... a few times. Eventually he needs to exit the river of denial and start facing his new reality which includes some really cool new abilities but he is missing the most important part of his existence: his heart and Josie which are essentially one and the same right now.
In the days it takes Seth to pull his head out of his butt, Josie's circumstances have radically changed in the worst possible way. When Seth finds out what has happened, he loses his ever-loving mind and gods help anyone mortal or immortal who tries to stop him from helping her. But in typical Seth fashion, he manages to put his foot in it again and has to fight an uphill battle to win her trust back. And also in typical Seth fashion, he does it in a way that melts me into a big ol' puddle of Seth-loving mush!
It's killing me that some of my favorite moments in this story are major spoilers and I can't share them- GAH! Suffice it to say there are some pretty big reveals that happen along the way, and of course there's a prophecy that seems to be well on its way to being fulfilled although I am still a little fuzzy on what the last few lines could mean.I seem to remember Ewan's reminder in The Return that no prophecy is ever actually set in stone, and if anyone can change the outcome of events still to happen, my bets are on Seth every time especially since he has a new motivation for everything he does: love.
Although there are still some great moments along the way with Alex, Aidan, Deacon and Luke, The Struggle was more focused on Seth and Josie than the last two books and I loved it! I adore Seth's combination of cockiness, snark, arrogance, alpha protectiveness and overall smokin' sexiness more than ever. He may be a man in love and the changes he is experiencing are adding new layers to his personality, but he doesn't lose his sarcasm or sense of humor along the way. Josie has some rough experiences in this story, but her spirit and strength make a comeback by the last page. She finds a way to tap into that inner strength when she needs it the most, and I loved seeing her unleash her frustration with her father on him when he decides to actually pop into their presence again. Apollo is certainly a complicated guy and I can't quite figure him out but then again, who can? He is a god after all and his decision not to share what he knows is typical, yet he does seem to genuinely care about Josie. I foresee a heckuva showdown between him and Seth before all is said and done though.
And now we have to wait a long and painful year for the finale to their story. There is so much left to be resolved! Seth's recent actions will have ramifications that are yet to be revealed, and both he and Josie have to mentally prepare themselves for the fight to come and their unexpected new future together. Did I mention it is going to be a really long year of waiting?
About the Author
Jennifer L. Armentrout is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant series and the Lux series. She writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance, and she also publishes adult romantic fiction, including the Gamble Brothers series, under the pseudonym J. Lynn.