Coming March 15th:
Heroes by Ednah Walters
Eirik wants nothing more than to show Celestia—the Witch who pulled him out of the darkness—that his feelings for her are real, but his parents expect him to avenge a wrong done to his family. To make matters worse, Celestia is moving on and is already dating another guy. Then Eirik discovers she is the key to accomplishing his goals. Caught between love and duty, Eirik will do whatever it takes, including getting up close and personal with Celestia, to get his way.
Celestia is convinced she is drawn to Eirik because of the bond created by the dragon's kiss, so she pushes him away. But when he comes to her for help, she is once again thrust into his world, where things are never what they seem.
From Earth to the realms of the gods, betrayal follows them and help comes from unexpected sources. But when the time comes for Eirik to choose, will he fulfill his duty or follow his heart? Everything rests on his shoulders as the wrong choice may lead to Celestia's worst fear—the rise of the Harbinger of Death.
Wow, just - wow! I was lucky and received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, so I could already read it and I can tell you that Demons, the first book in the Eirik-Trilogy, was already great and I really enjoyed reading it but Heroes is even better! I got the feeling that the author has explored her characters further and got involved in the story even more than in the first book. The characters are much more complex and more developed and the story itself does also pick up pace and kept me practically glued to my reader from the first page till the last.
I love how the characters grow and become more pronounced, regardless of whether it's the main characters or the minor characters. Especially the growing relationship between Eirik and his mother Hel was something I enjoyed reading about even though in the first book I was really, really upset about her idea of "parenting".... His mother, who appears much more human than before and despite all her divineness, won my heart in this book, something I couldn't have imagined when reading the Demons. Eiriks relationship with Celestia has also changed and than there're the reapers and their interaction andthere is... - well, it was really really nice to read! There were times when I got goosebumps, times when I was smiling rather goofily (again...), there were times....when I just enjoyed reading this book. A lot!
The world in which the series is set, is really complex and well developed, the story and its twists and turns captivate the reader and the amazing characters are really easy to fall for. The whole series is an amazing read and I really love the way the different books are linked with each other. I caught myself again and again comparing the timeframe of Witches and Heroes and thinking about the way everything fits together and - in short, the book completely absorbed me and it wasn't easy to let it go at the end. Okay, the open end, not a real cliffhanger just a miniature chliffhanger frustrated me a teeny tiny bit - MORE, but I decided to forgive the author because I know that the third book of the trilogy will be out soon.
Unlike other trilogies where the second part often seems to be nothing but a rather weak link between the begining and the ending, Heroes is a fascinating and captivating book whose complex characters and gripping story are set in an intriguing world of deities, witches, valkyries and other special people.