Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound, #3
Published: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Length: 150 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Five years have passed since Myla Lewis last fought gladiator-style in Purgatory's Arena. Now, she’s fighting again, only this time in Hell. And the stakes have never been higher. The King of Hell, Armageddon, has kidnapped Myla and Lincoln’s young son, Maxon.In the wake of Maxon’s abduction, all the after-realms calling for war, and no one shouts louder than Lincoln. Myla knows that a war against Hell will cost millions of lives, so she devises her own plan, involving a small attack team and a secret entrance to Hell. Will Myla save Maxon, or will her child and all the after-realms fall to Armageddon?
Armageddon brings some significant changes to the series. Five years have passed between books, and Myla and Lincoln are now married and have a small son named Maxon. They are also the royal couple since Lincoln’s parents chose to step down and allow Myla and Lincoln to rule. Their kingdom is happy and prosperous, but an old danger is still threatening them from Hell. Armageddon, the king of Hell, is very much alive and determined to get his revenge so he strikes them where it hurts the most – he kidnaps Maxon.
Myla is changed significantly in this book. She is still the great Scala and now she’s also a queen, but she’s a mother and a wife first, and that outshines everything else. I have to admit that I didn’t like the shift, the new roles she and Lincoln adopted along the way. I think I was supposed to warm up to Maxon, but I was a bit disturbed by Myla’s parenting decisions and I couldn’t even see the boy behind all the spoiled behavior.
The plot was oddly constructed and the book as a whole felt a bit rushed, which disappointed me. It lacked serious characterization, especially since we’re now dealing with older, more serious characters. I couldn’t connect with the new Myla at all, and what I liked about Lincoln before, now seems two-dimensional and empty. Bauer only scratched the surface this time and left all the potential of this world and her characters completely unexplored.
The next book, Maxon, takes place approximately 19 years after this one. That is a huge jump and I hope it will be handled better than this one. I will continue the series because I liked the first two books and I like the author very much. I still believe that this world has a lot to offer. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed.
A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.