Review: Retribution by T. G. Ayer
T. G. Ayer’s books never disappoint; her knack for creating strong heroines and crafting complex worlds continues to impress me. Her latest book, Retribution blends angels, demons, and Greek mythology resulting in a fun urban fantasy that is sure to satisfy fans of Supernatural or Bedlam.
About the Book
Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.
Evie belongs to the Brotherhood Irin and together with all the other Nephilim of the world she is protector to humanity, protector against evil. But evil has found its way into the Brotherhood. Someone has murdered her guardian and Marcellus, the New Master makes demands of the warriors that go against all they stand for. Demands Evie just can’t carry out.
Evie uncovers Marcellus’ plan to collect a set of special seals, but when a high-level demon reveals the truth behind the Seals of Hades, Evie know there is no way she can allow the Master of the Irin to get his hands on them. But will keeping the Seals from Marcellus cause her to sacrifice more that she should? Will vengeance for her guardian’s death be enough or will she need more to satisfy her Immortal soul?
Typical of most of Ayer’s books, Retribution begins right in the midst of the action. We find Evangeline (aka, Evie) stalking her prey — a demon named Baltazar. Evie is Nephilim, a fierce hunter who works for an organization that seeks to rid the world of evil. Of course, as these things go, not all is as it seems. Evie is caught between doing what she has been trained to do and doing what is right. She battles loss, deception, and more than a few demons. Taking readers from Boston to New Orleans and across the River Styx, Retribution is a fast-paced story that reads like an episode of Supernatural. There are mysteries to solve, demons to kill, and many laughs. Not one to leave her readers tense for too long, Ayer does a great job of providing comic relief. And for you romance fans, there are a few stolen kisses as well.
The world building in Retribution is some of Ayer’s best. She takes readers through contemporary espionage and secret organizations and then drags us to hell and back all within the span of a few hundred pages. And yet, at no time did she lose me. None of that would be possible if it weren’t for the equally strong character development. Evie stands out as a strong young (well, that’s debatable) woman without being hypersexualized or naive. On top of that, she has some pretty amazing wings and knows how to handle a knife.
Retribution is a quick read, a fun weekend escape sure to satisfy any fan of urban fantasy. Though it is the first in a planned series, Ayer does not leave readers hanging on the edge — this novel stands nicely on its own.
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