Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?
She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.
But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.
As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.
Iniquity is a story about the world after the demons ascend. They live in mostly darkness with a little bit of light the demons allow to come through. The humans live in villages with the bare necessities and have a demon who control and feed off their emotions. We meet Athena who was forced to marry the village demon, Paymon. She later ends up with Erebus who is a very powerful demon.
The bulk of the story revolve around the relationship of Athena and Erebus. We learn that not all demons are as evil as they appear and some of them want the same things as the humans.
I cannot say too much without spoilers. I will say the story is probably not what you expect. I enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest. There were times Athena annoyed me by putting herself in harm’s way but she is a likeable character once you get past her obsessive stubbornness.
I think the book keeps a good pace and at least for me it held my interest. One thing that annoyed me was the use of the word “whilst”. It made me think I was reading a historical book, when the setting wasn’t historical. At least to me it did not feel historical. I honestly feel like that word was overused. I did enjoy the writing style of Melody Winters. Her flow was great and it kept my interest from the start.
I give this 4.5 stars. I absolutely cannot wait for book 2 of this series. I need to see what happens with Athena and Erebus.
Be aware there are some sexual scenes in this book.
Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.
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