Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.
Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.
Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.
*E-arc Courtesy of the Publisher*
I don’t know where to start with this review, this damned (hehehe) book has left my mind a hot mess. I’d blame it all on Bastien but that wouldn’t be fair.
Okay, here it goes.
After the events of The Beautiful, we move beyond the world that Celine and Bastien created for themselves, a lot more is at stake – more than their love. Dun dun duuuuuuun.
Renèe introduces many more POV’s in this book, some that took me by surprise. There weren’t many of Celine, as to be expected after the ending of The Beautiful, but I did miss her wit and formidable nature. But we do get more on Bastien YAY, but boy did his first few chapters make me hella sad. Also Arjun and Pepper.. hmmmm? HERE FOR IT!
This book takes us beyond the New Orleans we come to love and more towards the origins of the creatures of the dark and maybe a few others creatures….
The Damned did start off a tad info dumpy, but rationally thinking that was to expected because The Beautiful managed to maintain the sense of mystery around the supernatural and thus we received the history etc in The Damned and it was quite an interesting take.
I found the ending a tad rushed but also WAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! THAT ENDING WHAT.?!!! NOOOOO!!!!
I find myself still in shock because OH MY GOD! With that last chapter and the epilogue I find there is much left open for us to discover, like A LOT, maybe a third book…. hmmm is Renèe finally writing a trilogy? OR is there a going to be a spin-off duology?
Ahhh all questions to which I have zero answers. I shall now be in a perpetual state of agony until I find out. Because that ending WAAHHHHHH!
‘I loved and lived. Tonight, I dance in a ring with Death.’