From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author, Madelynne Ellis—PROPHECY is the first installment of the BLOOD MOON serial.
Raised as human, but branded a demon, Blaze Makaresh has to stay ahead of two forces—the fiends intent upon claiming him as their prince and a group of ruthless hunters set on destroying him before he can ascend to the throne. His only hope of survival is ex-demon hunter, Asha Lemarche.
Asha is connected to Blaze in a way that runs far deeper than their intense physical attraction, a fact she’s only slowly coming to realize. Regardless, she’s determined to protect him and keep the city free of monsters. However, when their human foes outnumber their demon ones tenfold, and the only safe haven is on the other side of the Division Bridge in the demon realm, she’s forced to make a difficult choice. If she allows Blaze to cross over, he’ll be safe, but at what cost to his humanity?
Prophecy starts quite quickly and pulls the reader in as the hero, Blaze, is kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place! He is being hunted by Demons but also hiding from the Demon hunters working for Talon. Poor Blaze seems destined to become the Demons long prophesized Prince and if that happens all hell will break loose on earth. He is being protected by Asha, an experienced Demon hunter who has made bad decisions in her life but of one thing she's certain, Blaze needs her! The tension between them is palpable and for Asha old habits are hard to break and with grit, determination, and more than a little magic the pair take on a perilous journey that will truly test their strength.
I'm a little undecided if I really liked this or not, if honest. I found it very easy to read and understand what was going on and yet I didn't really warm to the central characters. Blaze is quite vain and, if honest, I thought him shallow at times. His obsession with his appearance as he's going through changes meant I wasn't always rooting for him as much as I would have liked but I have to admit his cunning and inspired use of hair gel made me laugh out loud. I hasten to add that this is not particularly a humourous read but it is one that explores sexual acts and I was completely surprised by the M/M aspect. If being completely honest, that's not my preferred storyline and had I known I might not have read this book.
There's no doubt the heroine, Asha, is kick ass and saves the hero Blaze on numerous occasions and it's her experience and knowledge that drives the story. It's a shame Blaze wasn't allowed to step up more and at times, I thought he was over shadowed by Asha. Very interesting world building and Talon is without doubt one very messed up guy!
What I didn't like was the end, as I hate cliffhangers, but I'm hoping Ms Ellis has a cunning plan to turn everything around with the next book and let Blaze finally shine!
Recommended depending on the reader.