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The final book in The Descent Series.Elise Kavanagh is being held captive without weapons or allies. The only way out of the garden is to kill God Himself.James Faulkner's son has been taken by Metaraon, but James is caught in Limbo and helpless to save him.An army of half-angel, half-demon hybrids is converging on the gates of Heaven, where the Union prepares for a finalThe final book in The Descent Series.Elise Kavanagh is being held captive without weapons or allies. The only way out of the garden is to kill God Himself.James Faulkner's son has been taken by Metaraon, but James is caught in Limbo and helpless to save him.An army of half-angel, half-demon hybrids is converging on the gates of Heaven, where the Union prepares for a final battle.The end has arrived....

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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-05-04 17:39

    ❣ Honeymoonish Buddy Read (HBR™) with my Dearest of Wives (DoW™), aka Choko ❣➽ And the moral of this reread is:Want to have your little black, withered heart beautifully manhandled, delightfully squished, magnificently crushed and splendidly chopped into tiny little pieces? Then this is the series for you. Because this ain't no Disgusting Fluffy Bunny Land (DFBL™), my Little Barnacles! Descent is deliciously dark, violent, bloody, gory, ever so slightly fucked up, a teensy bit on the disturbing side, wonderfully free of Vile HEA of Doom and Destruction (VHoDaD™) and like no other series you've ever read before in the entirety of your entire life. At least. Oh, and by the way, I'll have those of you who think little of my Gloriously Impeccable Book Taste (GIBT™) know that my Dearest of Wives Choko rated this book 5 bloody shrimping stars, which she never normally does for Urban Fantasy (view spoiler)[she usually gives that kind of rating to Epic Fantasy crap. Goes to show how blind my undying love for her is (hide spoiler)]. Ha! What do you say to that, you Sceptical Arthropods of the Despicable Book Penchant (SAotDBP™)?Come on everyone, time to celebrate the fact that this series stood the test of time and wondrously passed the Nefariously Ultimate and Ultimately Nefarious Shrimpy Rereading Test (NUaUNSRT™)! Time to dance the Triassic Jig!Damn, who the fish let Barney the Child Molester in here?! This is not the Triassic Jig I had in mind! My being nefarious doesn't mean I support colourful pervs!There, much better.(view spoiler)[DUH. (hide spoiler)]✎ Book 1: Death's Hand ★★★★✎ Book 2: The Darkest Gate ★★★★ ✎ Book 3: Dark Union ★★★★ ✎ Book 4: Damnation Marked ★★★★✎ Book 5: Dire Blood ★★★★★✎ Book 7: Paradise Damned ★★★★★[March 18, 2017]Asshole Angels, here we come. My Murderous Spouse and I shall very gladly be the slow, horrible, painful death of you.[Original review - August 2014]And it all ends with a bang! Wow, now that was a pretty spectacular conclusion to an amazing series! I had very high expectations for this book and was afraid to be disappointed but I was just blown away.Everything comes full circle here and we get the whole story, from Elise's birth and childhood to the first time she ever met James when she was 8 and when he went to "rescue" her in Russia after her first escape from the garden. Reine's take on the garden of Eden, Adam, Eve, heaven, hell, good and evil is pretty unique and fascinating. Don't expect sunshine & rainbows here. It's all dark, depressing, twisted, and messed up. I just love it!As with all books that I love, I'm having a hard time getting my thoughts together to write a review. There is so much pure awesomeness here. The scenes with Elise in the garden are all mind-blowing:(view spoiler)[ when she keeps trying to escape and can't tell what is real from what isn't, when she finds James' dead body in the cave, all the scenes involving Adam and Metaraon (the sick bastards), Ariane... (hide spoiler)] My heart was beating so fast the whole time I thought it was going to stop any second. Reading this book felt like being repeatedly sucker-punched!And the ending! Oh the ending! (view spoiler)[When she force feeds Adam/James her blood and walks the f*%ck out on them! That last conversation with James! That sex scene! (hide spoiler)] Oh wow!Other random thoughts: Nathaniel rocks, I just love Malcolm (view spoiler)[(too bad he had to die!) (hide spoiler)], Anthony isn't nearly as annoying as he used to be and the way things turned out between Elise & James was very satisfying and felt very true to character. (view spoiler)[I love that there was no happy ending for them, it felt much more realistic. As much as he loves Elise, James had it coming the whole time. He behaved like a fool and didn't deserve any better. As much as she loves James, Elise just can't forgive his betrayal... For now anyway! (hide spoiler)] I just found out that Reine wrote another series featuring Elise and James so I guess that leaves room for development! So this is it, the end for Descent but the beginning for Ascension and I just can't wait to get my hands on the first instalment for this new series! Elise Kavanagh, you kick some serious butt!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Choko
    2019-05-23 13:46

    *** 4.65 ***A buddy read with my Sarah at the MacHalo Freaks!!! We are mad at the Angels!!! What a mind-blowing conclusion to this series!!! I really do not want to say anything about the content, because it feels like everything would be a spoiler and I can't do that to anyone!!! This is a book you have to read so you can experience every shock, every punch in the gut, every rip of the soul and every breathless second trying to live from one moment to the other... WOW!!! S.M. Reine sure find a way to make a statement with the last book in the series!!! Good thing there is a follow-up series where we can see more of some of the main characters!!!! And once again I am going to show inhuman restraint and not throw myself into reading them right away. Pacing, pacing.... "...“In the beginning, there was the earth, formless and empty. Darkness hung over the surface of the deep. And then there was light. It spilled over the waters, vast and powerful, and its creation severed the unity that had come before. This light was a separate entity from the darkness. Something novel and cruelly different. The spirits called it “day.” Its opposite was called “night.” Between them was evening and morning—the First Day. This division marked the end of peace in the universe. Everything has been pretty much fucked up since then.”..."We get soooo many answers here and I was so glad to finally get them, but goodness graces, I have now a whole set of new questions! The most important though is that the Evil bastard, you know who you are, got what he deserved!... Almost! Well, I would have been much crueler and enjoyed his pain, but even so, I was pleased with his up-comings!!! And Malcolm, he sure redeemed himself here and I was so happy to have him back! His communication with the Russian babushkas was PRICELESS!!!! Even Anthony brought on good feelings this time around:) Overall, this series was soo worth it! It was entertaining, it was moody, it was intense, it was imaginative and it definitely leaves you thinking... If you are into Urban Fantasy and an alternative take on what Demons and Angels are, this is for you! Be patient - starting with book one, the story only builds on itself and the pay-off is worth it! Give it a try:):):)Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you are looking for between the pages of a good book!!!!

  • laura jones
    2019-05-23 13:52

    So I started reading this series because of the first three being free on amazon, I assumed that being free that maybe they wouldn’t be that amazing, but that’s silly considering I’ve read crap that cost me £8, and how wrong I was. I am so happy to have found this series but also a little resentful because I've just spent 5 days (days that should have been spent working on my PhD) reading all 7 books and now I’m at a loss. To a friend, I compared the feeling of finishing these books to losing an arm. I’m equally satisfied with the end as I am sad that it’s over. I won’t review each book individually because I’m not sure I can. Reading them all one after the other has left the beginning and end of each book a little blurry. Although I gave some of the books a 4 rating and not 5, I would definitely give the series as a whole a 5. There were moments that could have better but to be honest but I just didn’t seem to care once I continued reading. Some people say that they were annoyed that Elise was suppose to be this incredible warrior but seems to get her arse handed to her quite a bit, especially in the first few books. I think it adds a sense of realism, the fighting is gritty and you can imagine how hard she has to fight every time and the struggle she has to go through to survive. It annoys me more when heroines/heroes always come out of a vicious fight barely scathed. It reminds me of Bruce Willis at the end of every Die Hard film. I loved the world that Reine created and the detail of every new dimension just sucked me in. I even loved the constant mention of demons that I had never heard of but just had to deal with a move on with the story, but most of all I loved the plot! I always imagine it to be difficult to tackle a storyline that’s involves heaven and hell and even God, but she did it brilliantly. The entire concept was fascinating, from Adam and Eve right down to Elise and James. The overall storyline was so complex with constant twists and new revelations. The first few books made me irritated (in a good way) that I had no idea what was going on beyond the immediate plot, but once I got deeper into the storyline, I couldn’t stop. The story of the beginning of the world was re-written but with an almost pessimistic edge. The final book begins similarly to the book of genesis, with the creation of day and night, but ends with “This division marked the end of peace in the universe”. That sums up the whole feel of the series for me and was something I really loved. It wasn’t happy and full of rainbows and sunshine dust; it was depressing and realistic at every turn. With regards to the relationship between Elise and James, I thought it was very different to the romantic relationships depicted in other books. First I wasn’t even certain if there was one, then as I continued to read I could see the development of a bond formed over years that was more than a mere romantic connection. I much prefer that type of relationship than two people jumping into bed and declaring their undying love after a few weeks of meeting. It was sad at the end but again I like that it wasn’t immediate sunshine and rainbows for them after everything that had happened. Each book was brilliantly written and I would definitely recommend these books to anyone who enjoys action and darker fantasy storylines.

  • Rabidreading
    2019-05-04 11:36

    Please please PLEASE let there be a HEA for James & Elise in the end!

  • Katja
    2019-05-24 12:37

    Damn you making me cry.Review to come at some point.

  • mich
    2019-04-29 15:45

    sorry but it's 2.5 stars for me. Rounding up cuz I like the series overall.This final book was definitely my least favorite of the bunch. I can't believe I'm even saying this, but I was actually pretty bored throughout more than half of it (something I would never have thought possible with this series). There seemed to be a lot of pointless, I don't know...TIME, I guess, just passing. Time spent trying to escape places. It dragged and felt tedious to me.And damn, it was so fucking depressing! It's not like I need my books to end with rainbows and ponies, but come on! (view spoiler)[ So great, yeah, the bad guy was finally defeated, but all the characters you've come to love over the course of 7 books are now either dead, deeply hurt or miserable. I mean, am I supposed to feel something OTHER than depressed? Or am I missing something here? I was also disappointed that Elise and James were just so broken throughout so much of this story -- the badass-ness that I've always loved about them was not brung in the same degree as in previous books (strange, seeing as the most important fight of all happens in this book, but ehh. It just wasn't all that exciting or awesome to me). (hide spoiler)]But. If you're this far in the series, there really is no question of whether you should read this book or not because OBVIOUSLY you need to, if nothing more than to finally have all your questions answered, which, thankfully, they are. And the writing is, as usual, top notch and I can definitely appreciate the care the author took in developing the entire overall story arc leading up to this final showdown with Elise.All in all, this was still a kickass series that will appeal to anyone who likes strong heroines and stories with a darker twist.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-28 10:50

    One thing I can say with complete conviction -- the ending of this series DOES NOT disappoint. There's epic badassery, battles that level cities (and dimensions), and betrayal so intense that the Heavens themselves can't contain them.Elise's incarceration in the garden is creeptastic in the extreme. What's done to her to get her to comply is horrific. The way her mind twists in on itself is ... well, it's mind bending. She doesn't know if what she's seeing is truth or another deranged delusion brought on by the garden.She's tortured, beaten down, and her mind is repeatedly violated.And being Elise, she doesn't know how to stop fighting against it.That's just one of the things I love about her. She is relentless. When things are at their bleakest, she keeps pushing to find a way to win.But this story is about more than just Elise. She has allies. She has friends. She has lovers. She has people who want her dead and people she wants to see dead. As a demon, she's now at the top of the Union's hit list. And when she needs them, her friends and allies rally around her to make sure she can do what it is that she needs to do.Needless to say, this was a fantastic ending to the series and I'm going to be diving into the Ascension series mighty soon. Because there is SO MUCH more trouble that Elise can get into and there's so much more of her story that can still be told.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Laura Emery
    2019-05-05 16:56

    So i stumbled across the descent series on amazon as books 1-3 were free!! I've become so immersed in elise and James world that I've read all 7 within a week!! Love the twists and turns in each story but did find myself waiting for some sign that both would get it on! So we get to book 7 and wow! As with the other books you are given detailed descriptions of each dimension and the ongoing battle of each character. Didn't doubt for a second that elise would fight til the end. I have to say i have just finished the book and it was heartbreaking. I may be a big softy but i soo didn't want elise and James to leave things the way they did. It was great she finally found out the truth of everyone's betrayal but she has to forgive James!! They both kept many secrets and i hope the new series will see them find one another again and allow them to have their HEA (without having to wait 7 books and love triangles! Fingers crossed) this is the first review i have left for a series and would recommend each book

  • C. Erani Kole
    2019-04-26 13:37

    I'm sad to see it end- oh wait, it doesn't! There's another series! YAY!!!! The ending made sense in true Elise fashion even when a part of me was sad. It was a great ride knowing all the characters and I can't wait to see them again in the Ascension Series, which I'll be reading after the Seasons of the Moon, Reine's other series.The way she created the the main worlds and explained how they all worked was brilliant, and I've gotta say I liked her story on Adam and Eve a LOT. She wraps up loose ends, leaves us with more things to chew on: this is a series you don't want to miss out on. I recommend!!!

  • Kaisa
    2019-05-16 16:41

    And all comes to the end. And WHAT AN ENDING IT IS.This series is so underrated that I just can't believe it.Elise and James. You two break my heart. With your adventures, you shortcomings, your destinies, how you simply are too blind sometimes. How badass you are. How deliciously, amazingly flawed but still badass.And Nathaniel. Poor Nathaniel.Luckily this is NOT the end, really. Ascension series awaits!

  • Mary Mooney
    2019-05-10 10:46

    Wow, great end to a fantastic series, good versus evil, heaven versus hell, angels versus demons. I was sad to know this was the last book but am thrilled that James & Elise will be back in another series. Great job SM Raine. Only problem was that I could only give it 5 stars, would have given more if it were allowed!

  • Sandra
    2019-05-01 16:56

    So this is it. The Descent series is over. RTC. But first and without further ado, I leave you there, cause I need to know more about The Ascent series. See you later!

  • svnshowers
    2019-05-18 15:50

    I have so many extremely strong emotions about this series, and about this final book, that it's hard to pick a place to start.First is that I can't remember being so legitimately stressed by a series in a VERY long time. Issues of consent and free will and identity are really big buttons for me. The idea of someone wiping away who you are, replacing it with someone else... terrifying. So much about this book is so legitimately horrifying, and not in this-is-halloween kind of way, but more in the way that psychological horror can sink into your mind and flavor just enough of your thoughts that everything becomes a little uncomfortable, a little unfamiliar, and a little scary. Like the world as you knew it has shifted just by a fraction and you can feel the change strongly, even though you might not be able to see it. Everything about this book starts at that level of disquiet, I think, and then escalates all the way up to straight up horror-show status.If you're reading a review for book 7 in the series, you probably already know what kind of series it is. Which is to say, it doesn't get any happier. None of the tried and true tropes come through in the end. Elise goes through a traumatic, horrible experience, and if she isn't exactly rewarded at the end, she at least finds some measure of closure.From a purely world-building perspective, I also absolutely love the handling of Christian mythology. It's both familiar and foreign, and it's a really interesting adaptation of the traditional myths that most of us are familiar with. I also really like that characters are held accountable for their actions. Often in this genre people forgive each other because... well, it's True Love! And terrible mistakes and misdeeds are excused, swept under the rug, and forgotten about. I really appreciate that the author held people accountable, and respected her main character enough to know that she deserves better than to fall blindly into someone's embrace just because he's there.This was an excellent finale to this series, and I can't wait... *heaves exhausted, exasperated sigh* to read the next series. I can't decide what I want to see happen with Elise, personally speaking. As I ranted about (somewhat hysterically) before, I mostly ship her with emotional wellbeing and while currently there doesn't seem to be a single person, probably on the entire planet or associated planes, that is capable of supporting her in that and not making things worse, I'd still like to see it happen.TL;DR amazing conclusion to the series, 10/10 would panic over again. Warning: things are left somewhat... open-ended, so be aware that there's another series that follows the events of this one. Also, be aware that there's a lot of body horror and consent issues, paired with strong depictions of graphic torture and emotional abuse. This is also not a Happily Ever After book.

  • jai (Lilith Incarnate in Feminism-Miss Tarzanie in Manners-Greek Amazonsto men-Princess of wilderness)) justjaya
    2019-05-23 13:59

    seriously! i mean, come on. why cant i ever have a happily ever after kinda ending in any of my favourite sries :( I just wish that elise and james had a happy ending.....The funny thing is still i loved it the way it was!!! There's no one else like Elise and never will be. There is this small cliff- hanger where Nathaniel's well being (oopsie,life) is in question, elise- james relationship, Elise-Anthony relationship is a BIG question mark. I'm not a big fan of Malcolm but still i felt sorry that he had to die after all he did to protect himself. He proved that he was not as selfish as he seemed in the series, in this book ( he does have a lotta Kopis blood in him. cheers for ya,Malcolm!!) I really didn't expect Adam to be the all feared God. and some places were really funny where Eve was compared to Elise. ELISE!!??!. LOL the only disappointment was i could know whether Elise forgave James or not. To Elise : i really hope you did. a little consolation for my crying fit( yeah, the unattractive brawling and with snot kinda tanteum) was that i can take part in Elise and James adventures in the Alligience or is it Alliance, some series. I miss u, Elise ( a weepy-eyed me). I can NEVER say goodbye to Elise!!...

  • Joanna Pedagno
    2019-05-06 09:57

    AddictingI got the first 3 books for free and got hooked. As I finished Books 4 thru 6 I did not pause and ordered each successive both within minutes. Book 7 tied everything together spectacularly. The series is Supernatural on steroids.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-17 14:58

    Nice conclusion to the series and a satisfying end to the Godslayer plot. I just found out the characters continue in another series and I'm !!!! Seven more books to consume heck yeah.

  • Lise
    2019-05-21 13:30

    "Paradise Damned" is the last novel in The Descent serial. Like all the rest, "Paradise Damned" is dark. We get plenty of violence. Part of that violence involves abuse of Elise in the Garden of Araboth.“SEPTEMBER 1, 5509 BCEIn the beginning, there was the earth, formless and empty. Darkness hung over the surface of the deep.And then there was light.It spilled over the waters, vast and powerful, and its creation severed the unity that had come before. This light was a separate entity from the darkness. Something novel and cruelly different.The spirits called it “day.” Its opposite was called “night.” Between them was evening and morning – the First Day.This division marked the end of peace in the universe.Everything has been pretty much fucked up since then.”S.M. Reine’s humour seems to fit mine just fine.Half the fun of writing reviews is the preparatory work I do. This time I felt like checking out the ancient dates in "Paradise Damned" and ended up with the info at the bottom of this post.I want to give S.M. Reine a special thanks for coming up with the old women of Oymyakon, Russia. No wonder these ladies are so tough. Oymyakon is so cold that it has the lowest recorded temperature of any permanent village (- 71.2 C). Brrr, not my kind of winter. Here, indeed, “Winter is coming”. Nothing phases these matriarchs. Give them hybrids or Malcolm, and they won’t hesitate to shoot either if they have to."Paradise Damned" is divided into four different stories that tie together. The first is from the good old ancient days, the next is from the good old days, the third is from Limbo with James and the last story occurs in Araboth 2010.Longevity or immortality is a concept that I have found a lot of people would like to take part in. How would you stay sane? It seems to me that all the people around you would have to be immortal as well. Otherwise, you would have to watch loved ones die over and over all through “eternal life”. I see how people react to such losses already, and have to wonder how you could deal with it on such a time-scale.Adam seems to stink at it. His one major loss gave him a liking for mayhem. Yatam and Yatai didn’t deal well with it either. In the end they got the release they sought. What about Adam? Will someone relieve him of the burden of life?Elise is now back to her job of being a false Eve. She isn’t taking to it. Fighting against it brings grooming/training her way in the form of severe mental and physical torture. I wonder if her lifetime of abuse and pain is aiding her or hindering her in keeping hold of who she is?Sometimes when I read stories about real life people who have gone through stuff like this (not the impossible things but the rest), I wonder how they managed to hold on to themselves through it all. I know it messed up my grandfather who was tortured during WWII. The post traumatic stress was so strong he tried to self-medicate to deal with the mental pain. The face he showed me as a child was that of a gentle and loving man who brought joy to my life. He managed to stay away from alcohol in his meeting with his grand-children.Granted, Elise is make-believe, but not really. There are people out there who go through grooming/torture in order for another person to achieve some kind of result. Each and every one of these people will end up changed forever. While a lot of them will be able to hold on to themselves, some will not. The question in "Paradise Damned" is whether Elise manages to stay true to herself and her ideals in spite of what she goes through.On a lighter tone for me (maybe not for the rest of you), Elise’s arrival at Oymyakon was amazing. I liked what she did and how she did it.Once again S.M. Reine has done an excellent job.

  • Nereid
    2019-05-10 14:49

    So I started this book early in the morning and I have finally finished it at 6.35pm, I just could not put it down. From the first page of this deep and philosophical intro, it captured my interest straight away though the last line had me laughing out loud.Initially I found the glimpses of past, present, past, present a bit annoying but I got used to it after the first couple of chapters. This book encapsulates just what this whole series has been about, a journey of self-discovery for Elise Kavanagh taking her back to the beginning revealing all those secrets that have haunted her and us. After all if the angels conspired against her, you would think she hasn’t a snowballs chance in hell of surviving her fate yet Elise’s enemies have always underestimated her determination to succeed. Reading about her traumatic childhood gives you a glimpse into the Nature versus Nurture theory and Isaac certainly contributed to Elise becoming the Godslayer from the very beginning grooming her to kill from such a young age with a lack of emotion that was sometimes chilling to watch. Yet she inspired those that loved her and she redeemed herself in the most unlikely places cultivating feelings for others that were rarely expressed to her.That first glimpse of James so many years ago made an impression on Elise and little did she know it would set off a chain of events that would entwine their fates forever. If she could have foreseen the outcome would she still have chosen to fall in love with him and trusted him with her life, I wonder. I had mixed feelings about James throughout this book, I felt sorry for him at times because he was in an impossible situation but the fact that he gave Elise up just like that after finally granting her that fleeting moment of happiness, it was that much crueller of him to rip it all away from her so soon. Having invested so much in this series and the characters I felt like I was there in the Garden of Eden with Elise while she was struggling to retain her grasp on reality and not succumbing to the Adam's influence. Old friends resurface on ever-changing sides and the Union is getting ready for the final battle but are ill prepared for what is waiting for them. Despite finally understanding what motivated Metaraon’s quest for vengeance, I still did not think that the end justified the means. What an epic ending to the Descent series and I am assured that the story of Elise and James will continue as there are so many stories left to write. Will she ever forgive the ultimate betrayal and get her HEA or is that just not in her DNA anymore? I am definitely a fan for life, loved it Sara.Almost forgot to mention that I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review though I have been a fan of this series for years now.

  • Kasey
    2019-05-15 09:39

    I have long loved SM Reine’s Descent series, and felt that I should share my feelings in general for this series and the final book Paradise Damned. This series has taken us from a quiet life in Reno, Nevada and finishes out in Heaven realm with a huge bang.Elise in this book broke my heart. She is so steadfast and strong, and she will not break. She is so incredibly admirable because she wants to give in, but she never does. She knows what it will mean if she does. Elise found out she was horribly betrayed in this book, and while some characters have given her flak for being cold, I thought she was incredibly compassionate in the face of that. I don’t think that I would have the strength that Elise had in the garden. There is so much I want to acknowledge Elise for, but so much of it is spoilers. Suffice it to say that Elise is an amazing person and deserved so much more than she ever got.I was so happy that this book primarily stayed with Elise. I was so angry with James at the end of the last book, that I was glad he wasn’t a huge part in the beginning of this novel. James made his choices as a young and foolish man. This doesn’t excuse him from any of the things he did or more importantly didn’t do. However, the more I thought on it the more I could understand why the power would be tempting for him. I’m glad in a way that Nathaniel refused James the understanding that he looked for. James definitely didn’t deserve it, and he has to understand why Nathaniel and Elise would want nothing to do with him. I will give James credit for not being immature about Elise’s decision to stay away, and I am glad he is stubbornly holding on to Nathaniel.SM Reine did a fantastic job of wrapping this series up. She had solid world building from beginning to end. I truly didn’t want this series to end, but I couldn’t put it down. The plot was intricate and twisted. There were so many turns that I never saw coming, and in this final book there were so many.I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I also feel it’s worth mentioning that this entire series received 4.85 out of 5 stars from me. If you love adult urban fantasy with twisting plotlines and characters that make the emotions pour out of you then I can’t recommend this series enough.*This review was first posted to Moonlight Gleam Reviews*

  • Carrie
    2019-05-07 16:49

    I am really not sure how I feel about this book. I guess I shouldn’t have expected a happy ending (or even a sort of happy ending) but this one just left me… kind of depressed.I was just coming off the high of the last book, where James was kicking ass and taking names, and then we get dumped into this book where it seems that both James and Elise are just a shadow of their formerly kick-ass selves. Elise is tortured and has feelings, James is acting like a sad puppy, and the only ones really kicking ass are their “sidekicks” in the form of Malcolm (one of my faves) and Nathaniel. Eventually we get some more Elise bad-assery, but it takes most of the book to get there. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book – every book that has Elise and/or James story in it will still capture my attention and keep the pages turning. We learn all the answers to things that might have come up along the way in the series (even things I missed or was oblivious to). There were a lot of loose ends getting tied up, which always makes for a good “end of series” installment. Usually my reviews of end of series books involve a lot of questions that I still have for the author, but I can’t think of a single one in this case. I will miss the James and Elise we got to see along this journey and hope that some more installments in the spinoff series can get them back to a somewhat functional/dysfunctional relationship like they used to have. It is always really hard when you get the relationship to develop between characters in a book, only to have no idea where you wish it would go. Do I wish for a happy ending for Elise and James? Yes – but would that be in their characters? Probably not. Maybe I wish for a moderately happy ending for them in the form of a stable relationship, but still fighting all the big bads. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see where this next book takes them.

  • Maria
    2019-05-25 11:46

    I had to read through the series. Elise was enough of a bad ass with some serious bad luck that I had to find out....what was James' secret, why did she always come back from death, and just who the hell was pulling all the strings in this puppet show?!?!?!I found all my answers and said good bye to some characters I had come to like. Now did I get into the whole God is crazy and must be destroyed angle, not really but then again this is fiction so anything can happen in the author's world. There was enough foreshadowing in the previous books to make me curious enough to see if I had figured it out or not. Some not all but then again had I figured it all out from the get go I probably wouldn't have stuck around after the first three books. Elise back to demon fighting and this time with McIntyre and Anthony at her side. Not sure that I want to read the new series since the questions I had were answered here. Don't want to over do the whole demon warrior kicking ass for eternity thing. May just give it a break then see if it can catch my interest. She didn't get her happily ever after with James but then again, did we really think she would? WIll he ever be able to redeem himself for 12 years of deceit, yea, like she's going to give him another chance. Nathaniel would be the one character I would like to follow up on. Now that he has hidden the tree what will become of him and will he eventually turn evil with all that stress upon him. And just how powerful will he become. Good way to end this series. Not sure it make me cry out for more. We'll see

  • ♥¸.•*´Tanya`*•.¸♥
    2019-05-12 09:46

    I purchased this as an ebook from Amazon.This is the final book in The Descent Series written by author S.M. Reine.An amazing end to an equaling amazing book series. All truths are revealed in this story questions that have been around since since the beginning are finally answered. Though it's the end of the Descent Series I am glad S.M. Reine has continues with her characters with the new series Ascension.Loved the whole Elise and James story it is one of my top favorites with the detailed characters and well thought out storyline a highly recommend if you haven't read as yet please do.She kissed Him again, and this time, it was of her own free will. She savored the immortality on His breath. She tasted the blood of billions of lives that had been destroyed at His orders— not just the angels growing in Eve’s nursery, but the humans He had drowned, burned, and violated. She tasted all of Lilith’s demons that He had slaughtered.-Elise, Paradise Damned.

  • Cogito_ergo_sum
    2019-04-26 10:45

    3.5 stars.This has been an emotional read, but it was somewhat long. I think that the author should have combined the stories in book 6 and 7 and rewrote it. It starts off with when Elise gets captured, and not where we leave off in the last book.What annoyed me the most was that (view spoiler)[ Elise spent the majority of book in some kind of illusion. Nothing really happened. (hide spoiler)] It was only in the last third of the book that the plot picked up, and started moving. That part of the book was great.I liked how much the characters have developed. Their character depth has grown significantly since book 1. I will read the continuation of this series with the Ascension series. Love the Nathaniel character by the way, though I can't figure out why (view spoiler)[ he was reborn with wings and James wasn't. Wasn't their manner of rebirth the same? (hide spoiler)]As usual, the writing was beautiful, and the description plentiful.

  • Alyssa
    2019-05-23 12:57

    In Reine's epic conclusion to The Descent Series, we finally have a full picture of the betrayals that Elise has suffered.Her parents handpicked to birth the perfect solider to carry out the vengeful act of an angry son, her mentor a plant to guide her back to The Garden, the Godslayer sees the people around her in a new light, sees her life for what it is: One carefully orchestrated manipulation after another. I have mixed feelings about this book. I was so excited about the idea that Elise was finally going to kill Adam, I wanted to skip all the training. I also was sad that the story was over, as you so often are at the end of a series. This may be my second favorite book in the entire series. (Lack of Yatam, I'm sorry he's my favorite character of this entire series.) I think the entire story was tied together nicely. Bravo, Reine. I highly recommend this book to everyone. (In fact, I've already recommended this series several times.)

  • Darlene
    2019-05-27 09:41

    Wow, I can't believe that I am finished with another of Ms. Sara Reine's series. This, book 7 was the finale of the Descent series. It was gripping!This one had you moving from Reno to hell and heaven and places between. It was a nightmare of Genesis, origin of man, angel, demons and the many things that could and did go wrong. I love Elise Cavanaugh and James Faulkner. The tension between this couple that draws them closer and farther away keeps the reader on edge and only wishing for their safety. Both are flawed but strong characters who play out their lives in Ms. Reine's worlds. The plots and worlds are equally strong and believable.I am so glad I read this series. But remember that it is best to start with the Seasons of the Moon series and then start Descent series with Death's Hand. Though I think one could read the books out of order, I have found that each book is built on the one before and you can feel the characters growing and the plots thickening.

  • Joy
    2019-05-26 16:57

    I'm glad I support public libraries. It's the only way I feel like I'm not cheated when I read my way through a fantasy that turns into Paranormal Romance. This series had promise, although the world construct was rather loosey goosey; but the plot now points back to LuuuuuuVE as the motivator.The demons are violent and horrible and Hell only seems to exist to add a touch of S&M to the story. The angels are boring, the only one of importance is the one who started the horrible life Elise has and he's motivated again by Luuuuuve.The writing style is decent with only a few long paragraphs of descriptive sex but it's still character oriented and about their emotional life.Three more left of the series I checked out. I'm a glutton for punishment.

  • Denise
    2019-05-05 14:38

    I am a huge fan of the Descent series and have to say that this final installment is bittersweet for me. This is a series that must be read in order to be fully appreciated and I have to say that this is one of the best installments to date. Every mystery is revealed and even though everything appears hopeless Elise comes up kicking hinny never giving up. At times the storyline was heartbreaking and I found myself in tears and other times I cheered her on with a grin splitting my face from ear to ear. The writing was great and definitely showed the maturity of a well loved world and awesome characters. I highly recommend this series it is full of action, adventure, and hits all the emotions I want in a good read. I received this book as a gift.

  • Fiona Padmore
    2019-05-15 10:35

    Well it was good to finally get all the missing pieces of the puzzle.The book again was well written, holding the reader captive throughout. I am one of those readers that shouts at the bad guys etc you should have heard me lol.It has definitely ended with more to tell (and I so did check).I can't really say more than I have in previous reviews because the characters are still awesome. I so dislike the union. The book is written so well I downloaded the whole of the next series.In case this is the first book you are looking at please be sure to get the whole of the series I promise you won't regret it as you won't want to put them down.Note to SM Reine - these would so make for amazing films

  • Tamara
    2019-05-01 12:35

    The only reason this didn't receive 5 stars is pacing, and even that was pretty good. There were a few parts where I didn't care about what I was reading so much as just reading it to get to the next part, if that makes any sense...

  • Jaime Hendrickson
    2019-05-18 13:45

    I'm writing this review on my kindle fire so it might not be as articulate or well written as I would like but I just had to say ...WOW This book really lived up to my expectations. Before reading this you MUST read the other novels in the series, otherwise you will be lost. I myself who have read all the books had to reread some parts so I could make sense of everything. These books aren't like anything I've ever read. They aren't predictable, and they are nothing like any other "urban fiction" novel 8've ever read. This book defiantly isn't a Light read. like one of those books that you can read while doing other things too. I needed to give all my attention to this book.