Book Review: Eve of Destruction by: S.J. (Sylvia) Day

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: January 29, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: For Evangeline Hollis, a scorching one-night stand has led to a divine punishment--the Mark of Cain. Now reunited, Eve and Cain are working on transitioning their insatiable desire into a tentative new relationship even as she struggles to become a full-fledged Mark--one of thousands of sinners forced to hunt demons as penance. When her training class goes on a field trip to an abandoned military base, things take a dark turn: There's a demon hidden among them, killing off Eve's classmates one by one.

To make a bad situation more dangerous, Eve's body is still adapting to the Mark and the new abilities and challenges that came with it--such as uncontrollable bloodlust...which seems to be inciting another kind of lust altogether.

With Cain out on assignment, Eve's simmering attraction to his equally sexy brother Abel grows--and Abel is more than willing to take the heat...

Review: Eve Hollis has survived being Marked so far, but now she is in training with other new Marks. One of the training exercises is a week-long “field-trip” to an old military base. They are there to work together to hunt Infernals. Aside from the fact they don’t really get along with Eve or each other. Without warning and without explanation, Eve’s classmates are getting murdered during what was only supposed to be an exercise. Eve is dealing with not only her classmates and the murders, but also with something strange going on with her Mark…

I think ‘Eve of Destruction’ is even better than the first book, ‘Eve of Darkness’. There’s more action, heightened tension (of all kinds) between Cain, Abel, and Eve, and we see Eve step up and take charge. I enjoyed how the mystery seemed to fall into the ‘locked-room’ category with only a finite number of suspects. While there were changes in the main characters over the course of the book, they definitely stayed true to their core personalities, which is always a positive in my mind. I really liked the Infernals who were part of the training exercise; the gwyllion, the faery, and the dragon! We also get a glimpse into Hell and ‘meet’ Sammael’ face-to-face for the first time, which added great dimension to the story. ‘Eve of Destruction’ is a powerhouse!

Marked series: Eve of Darkness (1), Eve of Destruction (2), Eve of Chaos (3), Eve of Warfare (3.25), Eve of Sin City (3.5)


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