Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date: June 9, 2020
Pages: 608 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars ✰✰✰✰
Strengths: Characters, fantasy world setting, steamy sex
Weaknesses: Open-ish ending
I was so excited to get this second book in the Harbinger series, and it definitely did not disappoint. I admittedly giggled at the first lines - a conversation with Trinity's ghost friend, Peanut. That dialogue got me right into the old conversations and characters from the first book.
In Rage and Ruin, Trinity has a new Protector, since the first book ended with her finding out about the double-crossing by her first Protector, Misha. While there is still grief about the loss of Misha, we've got a whole new drama dealing with her newly appointed Protector, Zayne, who was almost her boyfriend right before the last conflict. Whoops!
Trinity (a Trueborn - half human and half angel) and Zayne (a Warden - killer of demons and protector of all humans) are now trying to find the truly evil Harbinger, with the help of their friends, who include the Crown Prince demon Roth. Perhaps one of the best unstated lessons in this whole series is that no one is completely good or completely evil. As long as there is a little bit of humanity in play, choice will always influence the outcome.
While most of the books I read are more heavy in plot and character than, well, steamy sex, this book does have some touching and passionate scenes of the forbidden chemistry developing between Trinity and Zayne. I liked how it spiced things up and added another level of emotion to their relationship's development.
Overall, I'd give this book at least 4 out of 5 stars. While the ending was highly satisfying for some characters, the fate of the world as we know it is still balancing precariously. I hope this means we've got more books in the Harbinger Series to come!
Thanks to Edelweiss for proving me with an advance electronic copy of this book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my opinions.