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15268257Pub Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Pyr
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

The thief Widdershins and her own “personal god,” Olgun, return to their home city of Davillon after almost a year away. While Shins expects only to face the difficulty of making up with her friends, what she actually finds is far, far worse. Her nemesis, Lisette, has returned, and she is not alone. Lisette has made a dark pact with supernatural powers that have granted her abilities far greater than anything Widdershins and Olgun can match.

Together, Widdershins and Olgun will face enemies on both sides of the law, for Lisette’s schemes have given her power in both Davillon’s government and its underworld. For even a slim chance, Shins must call on both old friends–some of whom haven’t yet forgiven her–and new allies.

Even with their help, Widdershins may be required to make the hardest sacrifice of her life, if she is to rid Davillon–and herself–of Lisette once and for all.  (goodreads.com)

Just go ahead and smash my heart on the rocks, Ari.  SMASH IT ON THE ROCKS.  As much as LOST COVENANT was my least favorite of the series COVENANT’S END redeems every issue I had with it, every bad thing I had to say, and ended up destroying me a little.

It really went back to it’s brutal roots and no one was left unscathed in the horror that was happening in Davillon.  The wit and pithy writing was still there, as were the yes? statements but they were few and far between and much more to my liking.  Marmell has a habit of making me laugh out loud with some of this observations and associations and that did not fall short here.  COVENANT’S END made me love the series all over again.

Robin was back and I really do love Evrard a little more in all his disgruntled and begrudging help he gave.  Everything came together in the end, even people who were biting at each others’ backs sucked up their differences  as a means to help defeat Lisette and the over-the-top crazy she became.  I don’t think the supernatural elements were as big in this book as they’ve been in the past but they were dastardly enough that little more than passing mentions did enough to implant their beings in my brain.  They were gruesome and they’ll stay with me for a while yet.

And Olgun?  No.  Just . . . no.  I can’t.  THE WOUND IS TOO RAW.

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That’s all you’ll get on that.

A fantastic end to a series.  It left me wanting but only in a way that I craved more of the writing, more of the world, more of the characters.  The story is finished, the plot that’s been building for four books has been wrapped up nicely.  It would be neat to see where they all go from here but it’s not a necessity.  They live.  That’s enough for now.  I’m just glad I have other books of Marmell’s to read because I really do love his writing style.

I know this review isn’t as substantial as some of my others but four books into a series can get rather redundant from a review perspective and without giving anything away I don’t have much else to say.  I’m just going to go over here with some tissues and a bottle of wine and I would appreciate being left alone right now because I am DAMAGED.

5

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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