Review: The Curse Defiers (The Curse Keepers #3) by Denise Grover Swank

October 21, 2014 Review 0

Review: The Curse Defiers (The Curse Keepers #3) by Denise Grover SwankThe Curse Defiers by Denise Grover Swank
Series: The Curse Keepers #3
Published by 47north on September 30, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 382
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Multiple sex scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

For centuries the gods have waited—for the betrayal that will release them, for the traitors who will defend them, for the warrior who will challenge them. Now at long last the gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and with it, an army of vengeful demons poised to swarm the earth. Only the Curse Keepers, Ellie Lancaster and Collin Dailey, can stop it…if they can break free from a tangled web of treachery, jealousy, and lies.

Torn between two men—her heart belongs to David, yet her soul is bound to Collin’s—Ellie no longer knows who she can trust. Demons slipping through the gate are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, each death a chilling reminder of the power of the ancient spirits to bring humanity to its knees. Faced with an unimaginable future, Ellie realizes the time has come to turn her back on prophecy and choose her own destiny—even if it means defying the gods themselves.

In the thrilling conclusion to the Curse Keepers trilogy, humanity faces its final battle for survival!

The best way to describe my feelings towards this series in general is love-hate. It felt even moreso while reading the third book, THE CURSE DEFIERS. It’s not a bad book, not even a bad series, it’s just becoming more and more obvious that it’s not for me.

I had fears after finishing The Curse Breakers that a triangle was forming between the characters and that fear was realized in THE CURSE DEFIERS. Refreshingly, though, it wasn’t handled in the usual fashion. There are two men in Ellie’s life, but she knows whom she loves, and who she doesn’t. The connection she feels to Collin because of their marks, and status as joined partners provides a little bit of conflict, but that’s all. So, though there was a triangle, it was more in Collin’s mind than Ellie’s, or even David’s. Speaking of which, I still really love David. Like a lot.

The rest of the review is harder to write because while THE CURSE DEFIERS has a great plot – both in its own right and as part of the series as a whole – it’s not one that holds me. The mythology is really interesting, the voices are strong, and the action sequences well written, the whole of it doesn’t keep me turning pages. It took me a while to read because often naps or house cleaning would pull me more than sitting down and opening my kindle. It just felt overly expository and really dragged in places. That might be a reflection on my connection to the story, however, not the story itself. As they say, your mileage may vary.

While I thought THE CURSE DEFIERS was the last in the series, and the book itself seemed to be leading up to a grand finale, it became pretty clear in the final 25 pages or so that there would be more to come. I don’t think I’ll be returning for it, though.

Series Titles:
  1. The Curse Keepers
  2. The Curse Breakers
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