House of the Rising Son by Sherrilyn Kenyon is really good. I kinda see it as the bridge between Archeron and Styxx, as the whole thing is about the previous lives of the two main characters within the novel Styxx, Styxx himself and his lady love Bethany.

So waaaaaaaaay back in the day when Atlantis was still around and kicking, the Atlantean goddess of justice Bathymaas decided to create her own little army of heroes to help keep law and order in the multiverse when the usual law keepers the Chthonians decided to wage a civil war on themselves.

Famed for her lack of emotion which made her ideal in dispensing justice as it made her 100% impartial, however she went and fell in love with one of her mortal soldiers Aricles. Apollo found this out, and being the colossal dick that he is in the series, decided a little bit of vengeance for being ‘humiliated’ by the couple when Bathymaas refused his advances and Aricles clocked him when Apollo tried to rape her.

And what does Apollo do? Arrange an archery contest.  The target a moving stag, winner is the one who kills it.  Bathymaas wins, and discovers the stag was actually a shape shifted Aricles and she has just killed the man she loves.

That was a brilliant idea. Unjustly kill the lover of the goddess of justice who not only has the power to kill you, but has just discovered emotions and now has every right to go bat shit vengeance on your ass.

Yeah no one said Apollo was smart.

Anyways at the end of the day Bathymaas was taken out instead, because the death of Apollo would mean the death of the world since he is so closely aligned with the sun. And when she was reincarnated, in an attempt to keep her from going postal again, her heart was split in two with one half given to a reincarnated Aricles in the hopes the soul mates would find each other again.

So yeah. Really really good. You learn of this story in Styxx first, but this gives a more in depth look into the couple’s previous life background and I quite enjoyed it.

But we’re moving on to full length novels once again folks. Trying out another Kobo freebie with Beyond the Night by Colleen Gleason, first in the Heroes of New Vegas series.

 

When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it in 2010 is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what’s left of civilization has been repressed by crystal-wearing immortal beings. But even more unsettling: Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability–the power to heal.

 

But even that gift, in a world that lacks the technology and infrastructure of his past, is a two-edged sword for Elliott.

Jade Kapiza, who was once imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. But now she’s determined to help the human race fight back against the control of her captors. She can trust no one…but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she’s built so carefully.

Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents?

And can Elliott find a new place for himself–a home–in this new, ravaged world?

 

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