Ruin and Will
Author: Tami Veldura
Title: Ruin and Will
Series: An Act of Piracy 2
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, F/F
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
To change his fate, Kyros Vindex made a deal with witches: Eric’s heart for anything in the world. But the cost of love was too high. His quartermaster and best friend Araceli Cross is trapped with the spirit Ghalil. Driven by his guilt, Kyros becomes obsessed with the impossible. To get Araceli back, he’ll have to renege on the witches’ blood pact.
Finally free of the demon that possessed him for seven years, Eric Deumont is ready to chase the horizon. Try as he might, he can’t convince his lover Kyros to move on. And Kyros expects him to return to the plantation, and the man, where it all started; as if there was a chance Philippe could pull Araceli out of the jar. But Eric won’t risk unleashing Ghalil, not for anyone. It’s time to cut and run.
Araceli fights Ghalil with everything she has but when the demon merges their souls, they break the seal of their cage. However, physical freedom doesn’t change the fight for dominance. Ghalil’s demand for blood shackles her, and Araceli is nobody’s slave.
With Ghalil free, time is a luxury that no one has. And all the while, the witch crows watch...
I received this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.
After the cliffhanger of the previous book, starting this one directly from where we left off was nice. Araceli is trapped in a jar, fighting tooth and nail against the demon Ghalil. Outside of the jar, part of Kyros is reveling in his freedom while the other part is drowning in guilt for getting Araceli hurt. Eric just wants what's best for Kyros, but with guilt and pain tearing apart all three of them from the inside, happiness might be impossible.
Everything I liked about the previous book in the series was present in this one. The world with its mix of historical realness and fantasy magic continued to evolve. Learning how magical spirits come into being and why Ghalil is so violent brought an additional layer of depth to the story. I almost found myself sympathizing with Ghalil, which is amazing considering he's a heartless killer that revels in violence and blood.
I had a mixed reaction to the rest of the characterizations. I liked Kyros and Eric and I felt their relationship's rockiness given what happened to Araceli worked perfectly. The character I didn't like was Araceli. She's a strong woman and I respect her for that, but something about her felt very cliched. Adding in the drama will Ghalil sharing her body was definitely interesting, but for some reason I had trouble believing in Araceli's pain.
The world building was very well-written with the mix of historical piracy and magic. I also liked the depth given to the magic in this book, however I thought some of the characterizations were a little weak. Overall, I liked this story and I do recommend it.
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