I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour, presented by Xpresso Book Tours, who provided the free copy for review! This is such a unique book, and it introduced me to an author with amazing skill. Below you will find my review, as well as a cool giveaway with many, many prizes.
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Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?
She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.
But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.
As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.
Wow, I am so impressed by this book! The world building was done so well, and you could really tell the author knew what she was doing when she plotted the storyline. It was suspenseful, exciting, and so full of emotion that I think I ran the gamut in the day it took me to read Iniquity.
The year is 2056. It has been 13 years since the demons ascended, and since that time, every land has been covered in darkness, with nary a sunbeam to be found. Athena has known little else but her small village in England. She has awaited her 21st birthday with dread, knowing that it is when she will be told if she must go to work in the Master demon's home. However, the day before her ceremony, she is called upon by the village demon with a proposition. If she accepts, she will have to leave behind the love of a man and join hands with a demon, making her a pariah in the community. If she doesn't accept, however, it could mean certain disaster for both her and the village. Athena's decision takes her on a journey where love knows no bounds and sudden loss leads to an even greater gain.
Athena was a relatable, intriguing character from the beginning. She had such courage and strength, but at the same time, her youth created a headstrong manner that got her into trouble often. I knew pretty quickly where the story was headed, but it threw me for a loop with the two main demons, Paymon and Erebus. Both pissed me off heartily in the beginning, and Erebus' behavior almost prompted me to put the book down. However, I am so glad I stuck with it, because both characters got better over time. And I was pleasantly surprised by the hidden aspects of their personalities that surfaced when they were most vulnerable. It makes you realize that what someone presents on the outside is not always who they truly are on the inside.
The book does end on a cliffhanger, so unfortunately, I have to wait for the next book to arrive to find out what happens next. Oh, the torture! But I know it will be wonderful. Melody Winter is a superb writer, with a talent rivaling Sarah Maas in her world building and romance. If you read Sarah's books, you'll love this!