ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…
He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.
Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.
Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…
But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.
As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…
… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.
Contemporary Dark Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up
Chick and Brain Rating: 4 out of 5
I have finally reached the end, well the end for now, of the Hangmen series and let me tell you I am on pins and needles waiting for more. I would like to explain that I am a very emotional reader. I form attachments to characters and basically live in the stories that I read to the point that at time I begin to speak like that characters. Yes, all of my friends have become bitches and I have been referring to myself as my husbands old lady, he is a “biker” himself. So with that being said there is no way on God’s green earth that I am able to give this a 5 out 5 because Cain aka Rider is the main character in this story. If I was not a completionist, I probably would of never read this story let alone reviewed it. However, I am glad that I did. I happened to surprise myself while I was reading this narrative. Cole does a amazing job explaining Cain and his actions so that we are able to understand the motives behind them. Even if there is no way that we may forgive him, like myself, we are able to better understand him and his motives and possibly empathize with what he has been through. In doing so, Cole is able to create a sense of closure for everyone, not just us, that allows a sense of peace to fall on the Hangmen that is much deserved.
Cain, like most of the Hangmen, is a product of his circumstance. However, he has been brought up in the environment that we the reader have been conditioned to hate more than anything during this entire narrative. Cole wanted us to hate Cain. He betrayed the Hangmen, kidnapped Mae from Styx, let Judah do horrible things to Delilah, the list goes on forever. He has done so many horrible things, the we the reader are unable to focus on the good things that he has done in the narrative. He let Mae go, he tried to help Delilah, he let the sister go when Judah kidnapped them, and many more small things. They were small but they had a large impact on the bigger picture of the narrative to get us to the “happy ending” we have been waiting for the Hangmen and their ladies. Was Cain really the bad guy? In the end Cain’s world came crashing down when he was shown the truth. His entire life has been nothing but a lie. If Cain was a lesser man, he could of given into the grief but he does not. He strives to right the wrongs that have occurred at the hands of his twin as well as save the lives of those that have helped him. Even at the cost of returning to the Hangmen that would rather see him dead. This is what makes us finish this book, the desire for redemption through action that Cain is driven by through the entire narrative. He never once asks anyone for forgiveness, but his actions show that he is will do anything to receive it.
The shinning light in this entire narrative is Harmony. The strength that Harmony shows through this entire narrative is awe inspiring. She has been through so much, but she still had so much love to give. Harmony’s background is even more dark and twisted than the rest of the Cursed sisters, and as them she is able to love fully and unconditionally. How I want to tell you Harmony’s story, but this is a story that you have to experience on your own to appreciate. Her drive to protect the ones she loves is what Rider needs the most in this narrative, he never would have survived without her. We the readers would never have noticed the good in him without her either.
Rider is the character that we will always love to hate in this series, every series has one. We will always feel sorry for him, our hearts will go out to him, but will they forgive him? For now the Hangmen do not, and it seems from the ending of this narrative some of them never will. Rider doesn’t need anyone’s forgiveness. The most important person that Rider needs forgiveness from is himself. Once that happens, the healing process can begin.