Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: The Alchemist's Son by Athena Daniels

Title: The Alchemist's Son
Author: Athena Daniels
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Beyond the Grave Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Sunset Coast Publishing
Format: ebook via Reading Alley
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisA town with a dark secret. 
A detective digging for the truth. 
A discovery that leads to an unthinkable sacrifice…

For one hundred years, a demon has been watching, waiting, plotting... 

White witch Sage Matthews has inherited a gift that makes her both integral to an ancient prophecy and a target for a demon-possessed serial killer. Assigned to catch the killer, Detective Sergeant Ethan Blade falls wildly, and inconveniently, in love with the one woman he doesn’t know how to protect.

Together Sage and Ethan delve into the prophecy, and the more they learn, the more deadly their situation becomes. At midnight on the night of the blood moon, an ancient doorway will open, and a master demon and his horde will pour through and unleash hell on earth. Only Sage can stop their onslaught—but not if the demon kills her first. 

With the blood moon looming, Sage discovers she can join forces with “the alchemist’s son” to destroy the demon. But who is the alchemist’s son? And will he be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice required to end this struggle between light and dark forever?

The Alchemist’s Son is the much-anticipated conclusion to Sage and Ethan’s journey of supernatural suspense and romance, which began in The Seer’s Daughter

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

The conclusion of this paranormal series goes out with a bang!

Sage has had the shock of her life when she discovered she was fated to be the one to put a stop to a demonizing... well... demon. And not just any, but a powerful monster who is poised to unleash darkness and chaos on the world. Not a job that I would want, either.

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Her new beau, Ethan, is in a similar boat. He may have finally come to terms with the fact that something supernatural is happening, but that doesn't mean he knows how to stop it. If anything, their lives continue to spiral out of control as the dark force gets stronger. Sage and Ethan's bond is tested on multiple occasions.

The demon has a lot more help this time around and the results are devastating. Secrets threaten to rip our couple apart just as quick as the beast who is haunting them. More is at stake and surprising revelations give only little hope for the banishment of the monster.

I loved that this series was set in Australia. I can honestly say that I don't think I've read a single book with a setting in that particular country. I'm not even sure I realized it until this book, either. The way the story was told, this could have been any small town in America or the UK, too. It was very relatable.

My chief complaint about the first book of this series was the wordiness. Single scenes or action sequences would take pages upon pages to find resolution. This time around, it was much of the same thing. There is a lot of inner dialogue, again, but I found that the action was better balanced in the second book.

If you've read the first book, you probably won't be terribly surprised to learn of the alchemist son's identity. Clues were dropped here and there so it wasn't hard to figure it out. There are, however, a few twists in this book that made my eyes widen in surprise. And to be honest, I really didn't know how to expect this story to end. I was quickly flipping the pages to find out. The suspense was powerful.

In closing...
A solid conclusion with lots of steamy romance and several gasp-worthy moments. Four suns!

Book provided by and reviewed for:
Reading Alley

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