Damon’s hope for more comes in the form of the Sirens’ newest recruit. Elysia is unlike any trainee he’s ever met. Not only can she remember where she came from—an ability the Sirens block—but she has an instant connection to Damon, one he’s never felt and doesn’t understand. Soon Damon is willing to do anything to have Elysia. Even risk the wrath of the gods to break her out of Olympus so he can keep her for himself.
But Damon’s past isn’t a mystery to everyone. Evil forces are at work beneath the surface, and before long, Damon realizes that the connection he shares with Elysia isn’t a random coincidence. His fate—and the darkness it brings—was cemented long ago. And when it is finally revealed, no one will be safe.
With Awakened we are moving further into the future and there's a new generation snapping at our favourite guardians' heels. Elysia is the daughter of Demetrius and Isadora and heir to the throne of Argolea but overhearing them discuss binding her to someone she doesn't love sees her running away. Unfortunately, forces are at work to use Elysia as a pawn and she is taken prisoner by the Sirens and told that Zeus has selected her to undergo the training needed to become part of his dangerous elite guard. Elysia isn’t really a warrior but she is no quitter either and being thrown onto an island with tasks to undertake seems simple enough, but that all changes when she rescues Damon and a visceral connection is formed. Okay, Elysia gets through the first tests but back on Olympus it's soon revealed Damon serves Aphrodite as a pleasure slave and yet he clearly has all the training of a warrior (which frankly Elysia needs to survive!), but can Elysia really trust him? It doesn't help matters that Damon has no memory of his life before Aphrodite claimed him and yet something doesn't add up. Just why was Elysia chosen? Fate is fickle at times but surely these two are meant to be together?
Oh, what a way to continue this series. On the one hand there are still those who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals of power and revenge and then, of course, there are those who are caught up in all the machinations. I loved seeing the 'next' generation get involved and hope Ms Naughton catches up with Max again soon but for now it's all about Damon and Elysia. Yes, it was fun seeing the old gang but it was Damon’s big reveal that really brought this story crashing into life and believe it or not, I think he was the most dumbstruck! I can say very little but it's a corker and that's a fact.
Pairing up a smart, nurturing Elysia with the strong sexy Damon clearly meant the author could let her wild side out to play and that's just what she did here so have iced water on standby. Such an enjoyable world to get lost in with larger than life characters and the added goodness of all the mythological aspects. What do I say? Intense from the start, a nonstop adventure fueled by camaraderie, and of course love. This was another fabulous installment, more please!
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.