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Series: Requiem #3
Published by Self Publish on October 9, 2013
Length: 236 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Vanessa has found her memories, her life. Now all she wants is to forget and be human. Only human. But fate holds a different destiny. Forced into a war she wants no part of, Vanessa is put to the test in ways she never thought possible as she seeks to fix the mistakes she has made. Destined to become more than she thought humanly possible, Vanessa must learn to harness new powers. The future of three worlds depends on the choices, and sacrifices, she must make in this final installment of the Requiem Series.
***FORMALLY PUBLISHED AS DOMINUS. Significant changes and additions to content***
What a way to end this incredible series!!! I must admit I was hesitant starting out because I just did not care that much for book one. Then during book two I fell in love with the story line and characters. And now I’m sold!
So let’s recap shall we? (If you have not read book one Lacrimosa or book two Libera Me, please do so now before reading the rest of this paragraph because spoilers abound!) View Spoiler »The Requiem Series started with Nesy, a Sentinel (aka soldier) from Celestium sent to do one job: Kill an Unholy. Unfortunately for Nesy, this specific Unholy was Aydan, her love from a time long, long ago. Basically to summarize, Aydan use to be an Angel-also a Sentinel-who fell in love with a human. Said human was killed by a demon. Seeking revenge Aydan made a deal with the devil, Azza (more on him later because I love this character!!) hence his fall from grace. What Aydan did not know about this human he loved was that she was also an angel, a Guardian at that time……have you guessed it yet? Yep, she was Nesy. Nesy did not know that Aydan was an angel and it did not matter because it is forbidden in Celestium for angels to love or basically have feelings at all. During the first installment we see Nesy’s and Aydan’s conflicting emotions about duty and love. In the end, Nesy is killed for her feelings and does not complete her duty. Aydan however showing he does still have goodness in him is granted a second chance by the Council to live as a human. Start book two. Book two we find Zane (((sigh))), Nesy best friend and a Mediator made a deal with the demonic smoke Lilith to save Nesy’s life. Unfortunately for Zane, it came at a steep price. Lilith took his angelic senses and all his memories of Nesy to keep Nesy alive and made her a human as well. Aydan finds her as the girl Nessa. However Nessa has no memories of her previous life. Zane and Aydan both believe Nessa to be Nesy but is she really? As the book draws out we see that she is. But we also find out that Lilith is using her to draw the Beast out of Aydan and she succeeds. Zane with the help of Cass brings Nesy’s memories back, and poor Zane so in love with a girl who doesn’t love him back! Anyways the end of book two we see Aydan die (again) and reborn as the Beast. We also find out that Lilith is pregnant and Nesy is to live with her human family. That’s right! Lorelei had other siblings. Twins! Both seers and both destined to protect Nesy. « Hide Spoiler
Dominus book three and I believe the final installment of the Requiem series by Christine Fonseca begins not too long after Libera Me left off. Just like the first two installments, there are alternating POVs. However I did not expect that one of the POVs in this book would be Lilith (the other is Nesy). What a wonderful surprise! Anyways, Lilith is attempting to join her symbiont to the Beast (aka Aydan or well use to be Aydan) and secure his loyalty. Her goals: destroy Celestium and Infernum for killing off her race, the Jinn, a thousand years ago.
Nesy is not adjusting to being human well. She pushes her body to the limits, training with her angelic sword to fight demons she can no longer sense. Her goals: stop Lilith and save Aydan. But is there an Aydan left to save? Will she as a human be strong enough to defeat Lilith? Read this book and find out!!!
I loved this installment. There was real character growth in this book. I saw Nesy differently than I did the first two installments. Previously I was apathetic towards her. She was just back and forth with her feelings. Yet in this book, she’s accepted her fate, her duty. And she will stop at nothing until she fulfills her destiny. Then there was Azza. I just knew there was more to him than evil!! This constant hatred towards Mikayel comes to a head in this book and we see a resolution, one that left me in tears for all these two characters suffered through. Aydan/The Beast, I still don’t care for. He’s a flawed character and I felt that he never really grows in these books…..that’s just me though.
I think my favorite scene in this book came towards the end in the chapter called “Empty Darkness.” We get a chance to see characters that have died and get a final closure with them. I definitely teared up reading it and it left me feeling content with the choice of characters that died (these included deaths from all installments!)
My only complaint about this book: it needed to be longer!! I felt that the storyline/plot was rushed slightly where it could’ve been drawn out and more questions answered. What is Dominus? What will happen to the Angels now? and the one weighing the most on my mind……What about ZANE?!?!
The Requiem series is a great read! The author does a wonderful job with imagery and the world building process leaving me thinking that this is really what angels/demons do all the time. This is how their world looks and how we look to them. If you like angel/demon novels, then do yourself a favor and read this series. I promise you won’t be disappointed!