Title: Rage and Ruin
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: June 9, 2020
You’re under my skin and in my blood. I can’t get you out.
Synopsis: Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.
As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all
You never cease to amaze me, Trinity. I don’t think there’ll ever be a time that you do. So, yes, I’m in awe of you.
Review: I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I finished the ARC of Storm and Fury, and needless to say – I was not disappointed by it’s sequel! Rage and Ruin picks up almost immediately where Storm and Fury ends, so we get to see the emotional fall out from the events that ended S&F.
Lets talk about JLA’s characters in this series. Trinity is inherently selfish, but that’s what she was raised to be. However, in this installment, you get to see her grow as she experiences the world outside of the compound where she grew up. I thought that JLA did a tremendous job in showing her develop, while keeping her attitude in her age bracket! As for Zayne, he also has some growth, and we are exposed to more of his backstory (however, if you read the first trilogy, you will know a lot of what happened to Zayne previous to S&F and R&R). It was really nice to see more of Zayne’s growth while keeping him accurate to the first series’ portrayal of him. A+ writing on this one!
Storyline, I thought was very good as well, however, I did call the big twist at the end. A lot of people think that it’s bad writing if you can call the ending, but I disagree. I think it means that you’ve set up the ending in a way that aligns with the rest of the storyline. However, there was another twist at the very end that I did NOT see coming (AKA I need the next book STAT).
Overall, this book is just as tremendous as the four that have preceded it, and I am once again blown away at Jennifer L Armentrout’s talent. I think it goes without saying that I HIGHLY recommend both the Harbinger series as well as it’s precursor: The Dark Elements.
Have you read Rage and Ruin? What did you think?