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Still love this series.
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
This was another good addition to the Guardian Security Shadow World series. Finally some significant progress was made in the Stratus overarching storyline that cuts across the original Guardian series and spin-offs, and still, tension was built so that we still care to know what will be the fall out of what happened with Stratus in this book.
The premise of this 5th book in this spin-off Guardian Shadow World Series is that assassin Tempest is out for revenge after having been caught and tortured by one of the Fates, the leaders of Stratus. At that time the daughter of that Fate helped him in his rescue and knowing she is trapped in her mother’s evil web, now is his time to pay her back and rescue her whilst enacting his revenge of Stratus and the Fates.
This was as action-packed and violent as you can expect from this series. The romance aspect was fair, it wasn’t the most convincing romance I’ve read in this world but I liked it well enough. I liked Pilar as a character and the fact that she had integrity, but I thought it was kind of dumb how Tempest dealt with her tracking devices and then sent her back home as if her mother wouldn’t realize that she was aware of the existence of the devices and moreover, had gotten help to dispose of them. The element of the book didn’t make any sense to me at all or go with how tightly-plotted the rest of the book was. I loved that all the characters from earlier books featured here and I was intrigued by secondary character, Smoke’s, relationship with his partner, Sage. The epilogue reveals that the relationship might not actually be what we expect but at least we know Smoke has the next book.