ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…
He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.
Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.
Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…
But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.
As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…
… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.
Tillie Cole... you little ripper!
I went into this book with the lowest expectations I could possibly have. I loved Rider in the beginning of book #1, then not so much at the end, then hated him in book #2 and #3, so my anti-Prophet Cain mentality has had a while to marinade.
But, oh me of little faith, I should have known to expect more from Tillie Cole. I loved this book!
- Harmony was by far my favourite Hangmen heroine. She refused to take instruction, she was brave, she was a pitbull for her cause, and she had balls of steel.
But what Rider had not yet realized about me was that I rarely did as I was told. It was how all my personal strife had been caused. I had never been able to toe the line.
She may actually be one of my favourite heroines ever. Stubborn without being stupid, feisty without being a bitch, and beautifully eloquent.
"I know, sister," I said. "But I cannot take all of this in. I am struggling to see how this life is different." I met eyes with Styx again. "To me, it appears that you have simply exchanged one controlling environment for another. I am worried that you are not free here at all. You have simply been given a greater cage in which to roam."
Boom. And Harmony is so cute!
Harmony gasped as the shitty furnishings came into view. I was just about to tell her that we only needed an hour at most here, when she said, "This is a most beautiful room." Harmony turned to me with shining eyes. "You have brought me here, Rider? To a room with a bed and a bathroom?"
NoMyGod! I wanted to wrap her up in cotton wool and give her all my Christmas presents. And then she smiles so big at him as she sits on the edge of the bed. Like this is the best day of her life. I just adored her.
- Flame. He never lets me down. I'm trying not to spoil this, but his vengeance game is strong in this one.
- Ky. My heart was crying for Ky and Lilah in this story, but I really think TC did an amazing job of letting Ky vent. He is such an angry dude in this one, as well he should be.
- The whole storyline. I felt it in my bones. I got angry like, a lot. But I enjoyed every word I read, even - and you should probably expect this since I'm assuming you've read the rest of the series - the horrible parts.
- Solomon and Samson kicked ass. I hope they become Hangmen!
- Viking, AK, Hush, Cowboy... of course.
- Smiler! This is the first book he stood out in, for me, and he made a massive impact. In my Hades Hangmen universe, he needs a HEA :) I really enjoyed getting to know him, and admired his loyalty, his depth... yeah, he was awesome.
- Harmony's people - Brother Stephen, Sister Ruth, Solomon and Samson. Such loyalty, such devotion to their cause.
- Phebe and Grace <3 br="">- And here's the kicker: I loved Rider in this book. TC took a character that, in my eyes, was totally unredeemable, and made me want good things for him. I never thought I'd be ok with that, but I am. I am blissfully happy that he got some good good in the end. Such is the spell the Hades Hangmen have over me!3>
What I wanted to confess was on the tip of my tongue. But when I opened my mouth, my soul spoke instead. "I'm lonely," I said, brokenly. "I'm so damn lonely that I can barely breathe."
- I still have questions. And issues... so many issues... and so:
****THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE. SO MANY SPOILERS HERE.****
- An evil twin? Long lost parent? The old switcharoo? Gummon now.
- Mae turned out to be a bit of a pussy like 90% of this story. I'm not so much a fan, right now.
- Ok... how many near brutal ass kickings can one person take? Wouldn't he be dead??
- I hated - like, actually hated - how Rider had nobody. So what a turnaround that was for me. I don't know if I could put this in the 'What I didn't love' section, since this is obviously what Tillie was trying to achieve, but there's only so much I can take! He had nowhere. nobody. nothing. And every time he turned around there was another beating coming his way. For the love of all that is holy, give the guy a fuckin' break!
Easily 5 stars. Even with my erm... issues... I couldn't imagine this book going any other way now. I loved it, I was immersed in it, I was obsessed with it, and I happily skipped all my meals to keep reading. And if you know me, you know I don't play when it comes to food. But that's how good this book was to me.