I loved being back in the world of the wardens! I was a fan of the original trilogy and grew to love Layla, Zayne, Roth (Bambi and Cayman too!). I shipped Layla and Roth HARD. But Zayne was such a good guy and I was so thrilled to hear we’d get more from him and maybe he’d find his match along the way too. Trinity was a welcome addition to the bunch. While I absolutely LOVED seeing Roth and Layla again, I was actually glad we started out in a new place getting to know Trinity before they made an appearance. I also thought it was great to see Zayne out of his typical element. It truly helped this story feel like something very new but also just enough comfortable familiarity that it didn’t lose any stride from the original books. It works out great for new readers that haven’t read the previous books first as well, of course I recommend doing so because they were great, but it wasn’t necessary to enjoy this story.
I really enjoyed all the new friends/frienemies/full blown enemies in this one. Armentrout always writes compelling characters and I can’t help but love them all, even the ones I want to kick in the shin repeatedly. Trinity and her makeshift family at the compound were awesome, and let’s not forget to mention Peanut! Even the dead are a barrel of laughs! Zayne feels even more real to me in a way now. Like him going through everything he has in the previous books has aged/hardened him in a way I find compelling.
I also want to say I found learning about Trinity’s Retinitis Pigmentosa very interesting. I really didn’t know much about this disorder except for the few things the author has shared publicly about it since this is a disorder she herself has. I really admired the way Trinity handled it and the way she worked harder than most to not have it negatively impact her life anymore than it absolutely must already. I think there was a heartbreaking, but also kind of beautiful, balance in the deterioration of her eyesight and the incredible amount of insight that she had, maybe because of it. I’m glad Armentrout shared this with her readers. I think it added something extra special to the story. I very much enjoyed reading this one and I can’t wait to see what happens next after that crazy/awesome/devastating ending!