Demon Trappers #4
Paranormal Young Adult
St. Martin's Griffin
Received from publisher for review
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
Now that Riley’s
managed to (just barely) fend off Armageddon, everything’s changed. Well
. . . most things. After their passionate kiss before the big battle in
the cemetery, Beck is back to treating her like a little girl, as if
nothing ever happened. While she’d love to just tell him off and move
on, Riley vowed to take care of Beck the way he’s taken care of her
since her father’s death—but she’s about to get a whole lot more than
she bargained for. When she’s commissioned to go with Beck to
his hometown and help him care for his dying mother, they stumble too
close to a dark and murderous secret, one that Beck fears will drive
Riley away from him forever. As chaos breaks loose, Riley may be Beck's
only hope for redemption . . . and survival.
Meanwhile, up in
Atlanta, it’s quickly becoming clear that Heaven may have won a battle,
but the war is far from over. Riley and Beck face a stormy future, as
Lucifer's ex-right-hand-man, Sartael, proves himself to be more
resilient than anyone thought. He has Atlanta in his grip and is about
to begin a brutal war with the prince of Hell. As the seconds tick down
toward a final confrontation, it's up to Riley and the man she loves to
finally defeat their old enemy, or lose everything they've fought for.
Foretold brings Riley’s journey full circle; what she finds within herself and in her feelings for Beck finally beginning to eclipse what she’s so brutally lost along the way, wrapping this series up in beautifully satisfying fashion. This final installment is essentially separated into two parts, the first half uncovering Beck’s dark and troubled past while the second half focuses on angelic politics as one of the Fallen finally makes his play for the throne of Hell, but Ms. Oliver skillfully ties the two separate threads together through Riley and Beck’s personal relationship, thereby ensuring we’re given a cohesive and thoroughly addictive story.
The first half of this tale is a true joy to read even as the pain in Beck’s past tugs at our heartstrings, granting us the glimpses of what’s molded the man we’ve come to love into the man he is; something we’ve longed for from the moment we met him and knew his attitude toward Riley was a defense mechanism protecting a vulnerable soul. It’s our time with him in small-town Georgia where memories are long and grudges run deep that allows us fully understand the fear that so often drives Beck’s reactions to Riley, a revelation that adds a stunning depth to their relationship in the second half of the book and makes us reevaluate their every interaction up until that point.
Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of this final installment is the continued growth of both Beck and Riley, the giant steps forward they made in Forgiven only lengthening in stride in Foretold, the channels of communication something both give much needed time and attention to opening. While Riley and Beck both have secrets from the other, they don’t keep them hidden for long, sparing us the drawn-out tension and inevitable drama when all is revealed and instead opting to put their trust – a truly momentous gesture for each of them – in the other’s hands in the hope their problems will find a long-awaited champion ready to tackle whatever is laid at their feet. Finally, we see the two of them together as a team; inseparable and fortified by honesty, love, and respect, and standing strong hand in hand even as Atlanta faces her darkest night yet.
Foretold is nothing short of a stunning conclusion to the Demon Trapper series, touching on every wish we have for Riley and Beck and seeing that they come true in the gritty, fiery, and thrilling style we’ve come to expect from these books. Fans of this series will absolutely want to cancel any plans for their day when they decide to crack Foretold’s spine, as there is no putting it down once Riley and Beck have them back in their clutches.