Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
This is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I didn’t realize this was a spinoff of another series, but it definitely didn’t matter. I was able to follow everything, but it does make me want to go back and find the other books.
This book definitely isn’t perfect. There were some things that were easy to see coming, but there was one thing that surprised me. I had vibes of Shadowhunters (angels, demons, protectors, compound/institute type living) and Vampire Academy (Rose and Dimitri’s relationship and snark). But there were a lot of different things. I really loved that there were gargoyles, but different than other books I’ve read with them.
Trinity was a special person, half human, and half something else. It takes awhile for us to find out what she is, but it was pretty obvious to me early on. She lives with Wardens and doesn’t leave their home. She trains and is bonded to one Warden, Misha. They can make each other stronger and Misha can tell when she’s in trouble. At least when they are close by. If Misha dies, the bond is broken and a new Warden is found. If Trinity dies, Misha dies, too. Trinity was a super snarky character and I love how she challenged and annoyed everyone around her. She could also see ghosts and spirits. She had a resident ghost, Peanut, that wouldn’t leave her. Their relationship made me laugh a lot.
Weird things have been happening. Lower level demons were appearing when they never came up to the surface. Only high level demons did because they could pass as human. A group of three men from DC came to visit and ask for help. They have something that is killing both Wardens and Demons, but they didn’t know what it was or how to stop it. One of the Wardens, Zayne, had an immediate reaction to Trinity. They both felt like they knew each other, but had never met. Zayne is also different because he has light blue eyes when all Wardens had dark eyes. Even though they both drive each other crazy, Trinity starts feeling close to Zayne. After there is an attack by humans and demons and a Warden is taken, Trinity decides to go to DC and try to get him back.
While in DC, Trinity stays with Zayne and they patrol together. She meets a couple demons and a half demon, plus some witches. She was taught that all demons were evil, but these ones had her questioning what she was taught. She could see that demons could actually love. Zayne and Roth work together. Roth can tell what Trinity is, but he still decides to help. The group works together to investigate, but they never imagined what they would find at the end. And things are only going to get worse.
I don’t want to get into more because I’m afraid I’d spoil it, but the ending was interesting and I’m really looking forward to the second book.
Warnings: There is talk to sex, sexual acts, a sexual assault that was stopped, talk of naked demons and body parts, fighting and blood. Trinity also has an eye disease and it going blind (make sure to read the author’s note on this, too). There is a lot of fighting, death, talks of heaven and hell, angels and demons, and betrayal.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on goodreads. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy for review.
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