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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4/5 Review: Ravaged: An Eternal Guardians Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Elisabeth Naughton



Ari--Once an Eternal Guardian, now he's nothing but a rogue mercenary with one singular focus: revenge. His guardian brothers all think he’s dead, but he is very much alive in the human realm, chipping away at Zeus’s Sirens every chance he can, reveling in his brutality and anonymity. Until, that is, he abducts the wrong female and his identity is finally exposed. It will take more than the Eternal Guardians, more even than the gods to rein Ari in after everything he’s done. It may just take the courage of one woman willing to stand up to a warrior who’s become a savage.

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This series follows the adventures of the Argonauts and their soulmates. Ms. Naughton uses mythology to create this wonderful world of characters and manages to make this series an awesome blend of action, suspense, and romance. I love the way unique way Ms. Naughton uses the traditional mythology  stories and makes them her own. Ravaged gives us the story of Ari and his disappearance from the Argonauts and introduces us to Daphne who is a captivating nymph that quickly captures Ari's heart.

I honestly have no negatives to convey. This book is perfect. The dialogue, the descriptions and most of all, the surprises, totally and completely worked. Not all the surprises were good, some were downright deadly. Some took the main characters completely unaware and they fought for their lives, more than once. One completely floored me and greatly affected Daphne and her relationship to Ari. I never saw it coming.

Ms. Naughton will make you feel like you are reading a full length novel with this novella. She manages to give us Ari and Daphne's complete story without her readers feeling like they are missing anything. She also had me on the edge of my seat until the very end wondering where else she was going with this series as a whole. She seamlessly wove the story and connected everything perfectly to carry into the next book. I cannot wait for the next book now. There are so many questions and new possibilities! This was a terrific installment in this series. It was amazing!