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The story we have all been waiting for finally happened, and it did not disappoint! Talk about a slow burn romance - this is the 7th book in the Reaper series, so we have been waiting SIX. BOOKS. for this romance to heat up into a beautiful, sexy fire. I loved all the twists and turns in the story, and we got to see other characters we love and are still waiting for their own happily ever after. Donna Grant has a way of making her readers totally invested in her world and characters, and what makes this book so special is that she completely delivers on such an anticipated couple's relationship. So much pressure but she nails it!
Mistress of War. Heather. Death. Erith. All very different names for one extraordinary being. Erith has lived for longer than recorded memory, her role changing from explorer to destroyer to judge. With her band of betrayed men reborn as Reapers, she seeks justice among the Fae world, passing judgment on those who have done wrong. But she is growing weak, her power and life force being drained by a rogue Reaper named Bran, and her only course of action is to become the Mistress of War once again. With her Reapers by her side and her secret love, Cael, she must put an end to Bran before he destroys everyone and everything Erith holds most dear.
The heat between Erith and Cael was so sexy and satisfying after so many books of them tip-toeing around their love for each other. Erith had been so strong for so long, and it was nice to see her relax a little bit and give control over to someone else for a change. While Cael deferred to Erith for a lot of things, I think their relationship was largely equal as they became closer. Erith could lean on Cael and allow him to take the lead at times, and then at others Erith pulled forward and protected Cael. It was a very symbiotic, compatible relationship, and seeing them be so comfortable with each other was truly rewarding. So many other characters became involved as well, like Rhi, Balladyn, and Xaneth, and it whet my appetite for more books in the future. Rhi is a really fun secondary character who just knows what to say at the right time. Balladyn and Xaneth have hidden depths to them, and that's what makes it so fun to see them in different settings. This book had so much to offer, I wish it never ended!
As always, I look forward to what comes next from Donna Grant! She never fails to deliver and make her readers' dreams come alive on the pages of her books.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**