Book Review – City of Blood by Jocelynn Drake

The Godstone Saga #6
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 386
Characters: Caelan/Drayce, Eno/Rayne
POV: 3rd
Genre: Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
The Final Confrontation

Caelan is done being a pawn of the gods.

He’s been herded and molded by the liars and manipulators.

He’s put the lives of his family in danger again and again.

And he is done.

It’s time to face the mad Goddess of the Hunt in the last place any of them want to go—the Ordas.

If they’re lucky, the special assistance he’s called in will arrive in time.

But no matter what, Caelan will protect his family…at any cost.

City of Blood is the sixth and final book of the Godstone Saga series and is not a standalone. The fantasy with a modern twist contains danger, secrets, broken gods, desperate kisses, dragons, possessive boyfriends, magic, lots of delicious angst, and one last round of a deadly game.

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Review

This book is a wonderful conclusion to a series that has kept me wanting more throughout. I love the characters and their world, and am sad that this is the final book, although I’m looking forward to its spin off. The tension keeps up throughout and I worried that Caelan and Drayce, in particular, wouldn’t get their HEA. I also have much love for Eno, Rayne, and Adrian, and how all the characters have grown through the series. Definitely one for the paperback shelf.

City of Blood continues immediately after the events of the previous book and that cliffhanger. I loved the consequences of what’s happened to Caelan, and how his family time and again pull him back from the edge. He’s been through a lot over the past year and it shows. He comes into his own and shows why he’s the right choice for king in this story, but not without almost losing his humanity in the process. I love Drayce. He’s the perfect fit for Caelan, and I love how protective they are of each other. I enjoyed seeing more of Drayce’s dragon, and the depth of his love for Cael. Toaster is the perfect code word on so many levels.

Rayne and Eno have both come a long way since the first book. I loved the conclusion of their story arc and romance, although it’s not without angst and loss. I like how comfortable Rayne is with his powers now, and his support of Eno after his world is turned upside down. Their HEA is perfect.

I love Haru, especially when he’s with Adrian. I’m very happy they’re getting their own series with Shey. Adrian has an interesting skill set and I like how he became a part of Cael’s found family so quickly. He fits in perfectly.

The scenes where they all take down their opponents on skill alone without their powers are great, and shows how capable they all are.

The gods are arses, but in this story they up their game. I like how their true personalities and motivations come out, and how everything Cael thought at the beginning of the series is shown to be a lie.

The world building is wonderful. I love the mix of fantasy and technology.

The dragons rock.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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