I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review."Hawkyn" by Larissa Ione
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts Incorporated on February 27, 2018
Source: my own shelves
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Also by this author: Bound by Night, Reaver, Revenant, Snowbound, "Bond of Destiny", "Z", "Azagoth", "Revenant's Epilogue", "Hades", "Razr", "Cipher"
A novella that is fifth in the Demonica Underworld, a continuation of the Demonica Universe (#15) dark paranormal romance. (It’s also #77 in 1001 Dark Nights.) This Underworld revolves around Azagoth, the Grim Reaper and lord of Sheoul-gra. The couple focus is on Hawkyn and Aurora Mercer.
Sweet in such a demonic way, lol. For it’s all about Home and Love. It’s also been a series arc with Azagoth at its center.
Jeez, the Memitim have it really rough! Their childhoods were nightmares. And each one of the Memitim hate their father for abandoning them, which makes it all the harder to understand why he’s trying to get to know them now. Ooh, another character arc!
Ione is using third person dual protagonist point-of-view from Aurora’s and Hawkyn’s perspectives, which gives us an up close and personal insight into their issues.
Yep, Hawkyn has a major conflict. He’s supposed to be protecting that psychopath, Drayger, who intends to torture and kill Aurora. He also intends to change those lame rules the Memitim Council loves to inflict on everyone.
Wow, “Hawkyn” is full of so much action that goes topsy-turvy. As for characters . . . Ione’s depiction of demons and angels will make your head spin.
Ick. “Real changes comes from tragedy. It’s how humans grow.” Hmm, I do NOT like this rule.
Whoa, that last bit!! And here Azagoth was getting to know love.
A woman fights back in an attempted assault — and hits Hawkyn as well. Not that he takes it amiss. Nope. What it does do is stimulate his curiosity.
And remember, curiosity killed the cat . . .
Aurora Mercer, a masseuse and a Wytch, is sensitive to life force energy, and her magic has one heck of a kick. Hmmm, her ancestors were sex demons. Her brother is a Navy SEAL. Jenna is Aurora’s boss in Portland.
Hawkyn is a Memitim, one of Azagoth’s sons. He’s also a Guardian Angel with mad computer skills and an awesome trainer. Some of his protectees included Leonard Nimoy. Reynaud is Hawkyn’s brother, who had been Shatner’s Guardian Angel. Linsef had been Michelle Nichols’. Suzanne is their sister; she’s the cook in Sheoul-gra. Their sister Nephritt lost her first primori due to glitches.
Declan is Suzanne’s first primori; he works at McKay-Taggart for the restaurant owner’s brother.
Sheoul-gra is . . .
. . . an underworld realm, a holding tank for the souls of dead demons and evil humans, ruled by Azagoth, a.k.a. the Grim Reaper. who’s married to Lilliana (“Azagoth“, 1 (DU), 11 (Dem)). Zhubaal is Azagoth’s Fallen angel assistant (“Z” 3 (DU), 14 (Dem)). The mohawk-wearing Hades, Azagoth’s second-in-command and the designated Jailor of the Dead, is mated to Cat (Hades, 2 (DU), 13 (Dem), 6.5 (LoD)). Razr (he’s mated to Jedda Brighton, a gem elf (“Razr“, 4 (DU), 15 (Dem)) is training Azagoth’s army. Cipher is an Unfallen angel. Darien is Hawkyn’s half-brother and Sheoul-gras’ resident healer. Other Memitim include Llewellyn; Gladys; Journey; the cocky Maddox; Emerico, who’s something of a con artist; Rico; Atticus, who’s obsessed with keeping notes and finding Lexi; Eva; Drue; and, Reza.
Methicore, Hawkyn’s brother, is a jerk of a Memitim (“Azagoth“, 1 (DU), 11 (Dem)).
The Memitim Council is . . .
. . . made up of Ascended Memitim, and they hate Azagoth. Jacob, Hawkyn’s slacker of a half-brother, is a Memitim who Ascended almost a century ago. Ulnara is a member . . . and Hawkyn’s mother! There have been some changes about who can create Memitim! And it’s not good. The insanely formal and obtuse Demetrius, an Ascended Memitim, is a son of Luscindia. Leonas and Moze, Hawkyn’s full brothers, are Punishers.
“Jim Bob” is Azagoth’s Heavenly spy. Mariella, an angel, has been Heaven’s primary liaison with Azagoth for three centuries.
Underworld General Hospital (UGH) is . . .
. . . a demon hospital founded by three Seminus brothers: Dr Eidolon (Pleasure Unbound, 1), Shade, and Wraith (Passion Unleashed, 3). Idess‘, Hawkyn’s full sister and married to Lore (Ecstasy Unveiled, 4 (Dem)), job is to escort human souls to Heaven. Mace is their son. Blaspheme, an angel, is a doctor. Dr Gemella “Gem” Morgan. Shanea is a nurse. Runa is a werewolf and Shade’s mate (Desire Unchained, 2).
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Thanatos, Death, is mated to Regan (an ex-demon slayer) who’s pregnant with their second child (Lethal Rider, 3 (LoD), 8 (Dem)).
The Aegis is . . .
. . . an organization that hunts demons. Aegis slayers are also known as Guardians. A lot of cops are secret members.
The Demonic Activity Response Team (DART) is . . .
. . . a growing organization of defectors from The Aegis. One of its founders is Jake Biemer.
Jason Drayger, Hawkyn’s primori and a psychopath, has murdered 46 women. Women who were demons, shapeshifters, and human witches. Drayer works as a database developer.Ben is his brother.
A True Fallen angel is one who was kicked out of Heaven and entered Sheoul. An Unfallen one has been kicked out of Heaven but not entered Sheoul. Memitim are Azagoth’s children, now sworn to celibacy. Gene Roddenberry wrote Star Trek. A heraldi is a mark on a Memitim that signals their primori, a human whose existence will change the fabric of the Universe, is in danger. Wytches were created by a Charnel Apostle who bred male human witches with succubi. Wytches are not entirely human and use their thoughts or single commands to use their magic. Horror-maws are demon sharks. Bludgolems are like a virus, and they inhabit hosts.
Wendy is a barista at Hot Beans in Portland.
The Cover and Title
The cover has a black background overlaid with filigree diamonds and stars, in turquoise and orange, respectively. The upper two-thirds has the novella series name in the turquoise with Hades facing us with his chiseled abs and his shadow wings of holey black raised to the sides to their full in the first “0”. In the second “0”, is a blond castle. In the upper third is the title in gold and the series info immediately below it, also in gold. The author’s name is at the bottom in orange with the middle “i” surrounded by the demon caduceus.
The title is the hero protagonist, “Hawkyn”.