Size: 448 pages
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Mephisto Covenant
Source: Advanced Reading Copy from BEA
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the first book in the Mephisto Covenant. Right now there are two books contracted in this series, the second book will be about a different Mephistos brother. Faegen said in an interview that she would love to have seven books in the series, one for each brother. This was a very good book. Very engaging, a wonderful romance, and some complicated mythology.
When Sasha goes to a meeting for a secret group called the Ravens, she is attacked and beaten. A mysterious boy named Ajax saves her and tells her that she is Anabo, basically a daughter of Eve, pure in spirit. The Ravens owe fealty to Eryx, a son of Hell who is trying to take Hell from Lucifer. Ajax is also a son of Hell, but he is a Mephisto, one destined to save humanity from Eyrx. As a son of Hell Ajax is also doomed to Hell when he dies, unless he can find an Anabo and redeem himself. For Ajax, Sasha is that Anabo; but can Ajax convince Sasha to accept immortality and join the fight against Eryx?
Okay that above summary is a total information dump…but that’s pretty much what the first few chapters of this book were. This book is based around some complicated mythology and is takes a bit to get it all set up. That being said I enjoyed the intricacy of this mythology and had fun reading about how it all worked.
The characters in this book were great. Sasha is pure and good without being totally gullible, so Faegen found a good balance there. Ajax is mysterious and dangerous, while still coming off as very endearing and earnest. The set up of Ajax’s family will be similar to adult readers who have read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. That series (which is very adult because of all of the sex scenes and swearing) has a group of brothers living in a house sworn to fight evil; each book is about a brother meeting his one soul mate and falling in love with her, while protecting innocents from evil. That is pretty much what this series looks like it is going to be, but for young adults.
The writing style in the beginning of the book was a bit stiff; the characters sounding not as natural as they should and a bit stilted. As the book went on this improved, it was like Faegen finally got comfortable with her characters and by the end of the book everything was very natural sounding and easy to read. The book wrapped up nicely and the story of Ajax and Sasha is fairly complete.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges: