Oh how I’m loving this series..... I initially read this book when it was first released - and have no idea why I didn’t review it at that time?!? I decided I needed to do a reread of the first three books in the series as it’s only a few weeks until the release of book four, Marek’s story, in late May.
What I had forgotten was just how much I had enjoyed this series first time around and the complexity of the world building and story arc that Felicity Heaton had started with this series. The genre aside, I am a huge fan of her character description and world building imagery and where I normally don’t go for multi book series, Felicity is where I happily make an exception as her writing is excellent and the variety of supernaturals beings in her books and series helps to keeps things fresh.
I adore Felicity’s heroes, it’s no secret. They are damaged, a bit broken and in desperate need of love and affection, someone who ‘sees them’ (asides from family) and Esther was the most damaged of the brothers so far - though from reading between the lines I think there’s gonna be brotherly competition for that spot!
The battle Esther waged with himself when it came to Aiko was a difficult one, between his need for her and understanding that she was meant for him and the mistrust he had of humans and his spiralling emotions in that regard.
I loved Aiko. Felicity painted such a vivid picture of her that I could easily see her in my minds eye and she gave me such an impression of an anime character between her hair style and her dress sense. She was the balm that Esher’s soul needed and that she could see beyond his darkness made me love her that little bit more.
I just know that The Guardians of Hades series is gonna be a favourite reread of mine going forward and I can’t wait to find out the other brothers stories.
A bang-on 5* PNR read.