Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted June 8, 2020 by Nerdy Chic in Series, Teen / 0 Comments

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

*ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

“The Harbinger is finally here, and there’s no stopping what is coming. Rivers will run red. End times, baby, and there’s no way you can stop the Harbinger. You’re going to be a part of it all.”

Let’s start this off with my usual caveat. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, this book assumes that you have and things have happened that you will need the background for. If you also haven’t read The Dark Elements series, there will also be massive spoilers if you decide to read it after this one. You have been warned. Now, on to the show.

When we last left our heroes, shit had hit the fan. OMG, that massive cliffhanger in Storm and Fury had me with a hangover of epic proportions, so when I got Rage & Ruin, I devoured it to the last page and none of it disappoints.

“One thing was for sure, humans didn’t need demons to prompt them to do terrible things… Sometimes I wondered why God made such an effort to save humans and their souls when humans were so quick to throw it all away.”

After Misha’s betrayal and Zayne and Trinity now bonded as Protector and Trueborn, the world is going to hell, literally. The Harbinger is coming and he is ready to destroy everything in its way, including the Wardens. Trinity will now have to protect the world while protecting her heart from feelings that had begun between herself and Zayne. Now bonded, they are forbidden to be together. But the heart wants what it wants, doesn’t it?

“How can you make it sound like it’s nothing?”
“Because it doesn’t change anything.” He pressed his forehead to mine. “It doesn’t lessen what I feel for you, and I know damn well, after what you just gave me, it doesn’t lessen what you feel for me.”

Trinity has grown exponentially from book one to this book. Having to deal with her best friend having betrayed her and feelings that she has for Zayne, her eye sight declining, being the Trueborn, her father, and trying to save he world, it’s enough to cripple anyone emotionally. But Trinity kicks butt as a hero who takes the punches and keeps rolling with them. Zayne shines in The Harbinger series and I am so glad. Not gonna lie. I was always Team Roth for Layla but I loved Zayne too so I am glad to see him in this series and have him realize that some rules are meant to be broken.

“And the kiss was… oh God, it was everything, because I didn’t want soft or questioning. I wanted this. Hard. Fast. Raw. He kissed as if he were drowning and I was air, and I wasn’t sure I’d ever been kissed like this. Not even by him. I didn’t even know you could be kissed like this.”

This book is everything. So happy that I get so much Roth love in this book. I’ve yearned for more of the Crown Prince of Hell and his snark has been sorely missed. Layla and other characters also make appearances, including our friendly, pervy ghost and all these characters bring so much to the story.

Of course we get another amazing cliffhanger of an ending that puts the first book to shame. Why!?! How!? No!! Why?! I can’t wait another year for the next book! It’s cruelty! I need more now! How did nearly 600 pages go by so quickly!? Can I just keep using the word “amazing” to describe every page and beg everyone to read this and feel my pain? I don’t know, but I can damn well try. If you love fantasy romance with heat, and an older YA read, pick this series up, now.

“Do you think I’m just going to sit here, reading a book, while you’re out there fighting the Harbinger?”
“Starting a reading habit isn’t a bad thing. You could start a book club.”


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