Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Killing immortals is easy. Becoming one is hard.
When three lovers (Ring, Waleska, and Risa) take a vacation after losing a fight with an elegant monster named Elizabeth, their time for healing is cut short by a new threat, and this time, innocent blood will spill.
Reaching for the crown of Hell, Elizabeth gathers Archangels around her to fuel her power-mad ascent—but she has powerful enemies who will fight her every step of the way, including Delphine, the 2400 year old succubus hooker who knows that inside her beautiful body rests a very human soul. Joined by an honorable priest who finds himself in the middle of a war he never knew existed, a demigod and his partner, and the stage is set for another round in the battle to determine how much of Ring, Waleska, and Risa is still human, how tough their immortal side can be—and how far they are willing to go to protect the people they love from a creature who would burn their world to ashes.
Series: The Forest Bull (1), Mask of the Swan (2)
Review: Ring, Risa, and Waleska are recuperating after a vicious battle with an ancient monster who in this time calls herself Elizabeth. Yet they can’t rest for very long after Delphine, one of Elizabeth’s ‘daughters’, contacts them with information about Elizabeth’s plans to reign in Hell. With the aid of new allies, the three fighters will stop at nothing to bring Elizabeth down. Yet will it be enough?
I found MASK OF THE SWAN to be more entertaining and captivating than the first book, THE FOREST BULL. I really enjoyed delving more into Delphine and Elizabeth’s relationship and their pasts. I also liked the way the story was told through different POVs, from Ring to some of Elizabeth’s ‘archangels’. I loved the new characters and the expounding on previous characters. It did get a little tiresome how Ring, Risa, and Waleska’s “unusual” relationship was brought up more than necessary. Considering what they fight against every day, I can’t see their relationship being the strangest thing about them. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending and I do hope to see these three in other adventures. While there is a bit of back-story rehash in MASK OF THE SWAN, I do recommend you read THE FOREST BULL first to get some of the more subtle nuances.