The last book in Erica Crouch’s Ignite series is almost here. It is already available for pre-order (links below), and will be released tomorrrrrrow! 😀 So what can we expect from the long-awaited, final instalment?
Series: Ignite (Volume #3)
Author: Erica Crouch
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publish Date: June 16th 2015 by Patchwork Press
There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it’s finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won’t have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.
As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone’s future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There’s no telling who will survive the final battle.
In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.
Azael freezes, his back stiffening with indignation as he turns to look at me and then back at Michael. “Are you going to kill me now?” he asks, smiling.
My mouth goes dry. Now is our chance to stop him—to finish this once and for all. But killing Azael here, like this… It will get us nowhere. There are enough soldiers fighting for him who would easily take his place if he were to fall. There’s always someone else to step up into power, and who’s to say that they wouldn’t be worse than Azael?
I hold my daggers out to Azael and look at Michael. “How many are injured?” I ask, nodding to the door.
He looks behind him and shakes his head. “A lot.”
“Dead?” I ask.
He shakes his head again.
Azael, laughing, gets to his feet. He looks pathetic and insane, his hair a mess and his eyes wild with anarchy. Everything about him screams savagery—the blood on his face, on his hands, in his hair—but he holds himself so still, so calm, even when he stumbles. He is Pandora’s box: madness, chaos, and death locked within. I don’t want to see what happens when that lid flips open.
“Kill me!” His words are high and hysterical, a disturbing singsong to its pitch. With wide gestures, he sweeps his arms in front of him, beckoning Michael forth. He even bows a little at the waist like he’s about to join in on a dance. “Kill me! Isn’t that what you’re both here to do?” He swivels toward me. “My sister. Come on now. Bury that blade in my heart. Pull my head off my body and put it on a pike to serve as a warning to others.”
(For review of Ingite, see: Ignite #1 Review)
(Full series review coming soon)
Engage is the second noveela of the Ignite series, and while it was published between the second and third full-length novels, it’s timeline runs parralel to that of the first book.
The events follow a Guardian angel by the name of Kalaziel – Kala – who is considered by her peers and superiors alike to be a bad Guardian, allowing her charges to do things that they feel is wrong. Although never explicitly stated, this shows the self superiorty of Heaven, and many of the higher-ranking angels. As if they – and they alone – know what is best for humanity, and any deviation from that is just plain wrong, and should be stamped out as hard and fast as possible – for the good of everyone, of course.
Sent back into basic training to re-learn what makes a good Guardian angel, Kala befriends one of the senior angels, Ana. As the two grow closer, their conversations shift into dangerous terratory. They begin to question the wisdom of Heaven, if it is indeed correct in its decisions, ort if things could be done another way. It is a path that would lead into the concept of rebellion.
I will grant that Engage is a lot less action-packed than any of the orevious books in the series, for it’s very nature is one of self-doubt, and searching to find what is the right thing, rather than being told what it is. However, it is in no means a weak story.
The blossoming romance between Kala and Ana feels natural, and progresses at a steady pace, which is neither rushed, nor bogged down. It develops at a fluid pace, while keeping true to the characters as we learn about them.
The book comes to a conclusion, with the decision to form New Genesis – a rebel faction that we had seen in the previous novel, but didn’t know much about it, and ties in with the climax of Ignite. Hell invades Heaven, and the angels are cast into Hell, in a scene that is both beautifully written, and heartbreakingly tragic.
For myself, though, I’d have to say the most emotional was the talk of Zophiel. If you haven’t yet read the series, and thus Incite, then I won’t spoil things, but suffice it to say, hearing about her brought up all the feels from the last book regarding her.
All in all, this was a fantastic instalment to the Ignite series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on Infinite at last, and see how it ends. For Engage, though, I would give a 5* rating without hesitation. Now, put this blog aside and go read the series! Go. Shoo!
Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever-changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)
Erica is the co-founder of Patchwork Press — an indie publishing collective that produces middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles in all genres — and Weapenry — a resource for writers. She is the head of editorial services and design, with over fifty projects to her name.