Review: Hades by Larissa Ione


Larissa Ione
Jen Twimom
Rating: B+

What I’m Talking About:

Hades is a wonderful novella set in Ms. Ione’s Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series, and is probably best enjoyed by those who have read the entire series (or at least the most recent books). The story takes place a few months after Azagoth’s and Revenants’s books and has major spoilers if you haven’t read Revenant’s book. Be warned as you read this review!

Cataclysm (Cat) played a part in Gethel’s wicked plots to bring about the evil apocalypse, and in an attempt to hide his own involvement, Raphael took Cat’s wings, making her an Unfallen. Now she serves Azagoth and Lillith as a housekeeper and part time cook, hoping she can work her way back to Heaven.

As Azagoth’s second-in-command and the Jailor of the Dead demon souls, Hades spends his lonely eternity doing as Azagoth wishes, hoping to make up for a mistake made long ago. Yet when trapped, Hades breaks all the rules to protect Cat, falling for her in the process.

With its novella-length story, Hades provides plenty of action, humor, and romance all rolled up into a compact tale. I love the humor; Hades is very funny. Cat is a great character and the perfect match for Hades. Both characters have a bit of good and bad inside, creating a lovely balance. I like that Ms. Ione’s bad-boy characters don’t lose their edge when they fall in love! The pair works well together, both a bit unsure yet confident, and they click right away. I admire Cat’s determination to make things right.

The novella also gives some insights into how things are going for Revenant now that he’s taken over hell. There is also a scene, which felt a bit out of place, sharing the POV of Zhubaal, another of Azagoth’s servants. I’m thinking his story will be next.

Overall, Hades is an entertaining story and a very quick read. Action-packed, yet fun; intense, yet silly, Hades is an enjoyable novella and a must read for Demonica series fans.

My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot


About the Book:

A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — bestowing or mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing. 

Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…

Release Date: May 26, 2015
Evil Eye Concepts
Demonica #11.5, 1,001 Dark Nights
ISBN: #978-1940887555
Paranormal Romance, novella
paperback (154 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Hades: A Demonica Novella (1001 Dark Nights)

Reviews in the Series:
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione (Demonica #5)
Eternity Embraced by Larissa Ione (Demonica #3.5)
Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #1 / Demonica #6)
Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #2 / Demonica #7)
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #3 / Demonica #8)
Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #4 / Demonica #9)
Reaver by Larissa Ione (Demonica #10 / Lords of Deliverance #5)
Azagoth by Larissa Ione (Demonica #10.5)
Revenant by Larissa Ione (Demonica #11 / Lords of Deliverance #6)

  • I really enjoyed this story, but there is a small part of the sex scene that just wasn’t for me.

    • haha! I know which part you are talking about! 😀

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    I always perk up when I hear “Hades”. Usually ends up being a fave character of mine. I need to read this series.

    • You could read this novella stand alone, but the series is so great – I suggest reading/listening to the whole series!

  • I have read one in her..first series? Was meh, but then I am pnred out

    • Oh? I love this series – one of the PNR series I will pick up anytime. The primary series is over, but she’s continuing with these novellas.

  • I still haven’t read from this author but I do love these novellas from 1001 Dark Nights. I’ll have to check out her books.

    • I love Ms. Ione’s works, so I’ll always recommend you read them all, but the novellas are a lot of fun! I’ve read about 7 or 8 of the 1,001 Dark Nights books. They are fabulous.

  • Oop! I’ll stop reading. I’ve still not gotten to Revenants’s book yet. It just sits on my shelf and mocks me and my lack of time. lol

    • Oh yes… Major spoilers from his book in this one!

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