Sex, power, control, Yes—that’s the name of the game now.
Or, wait—maybe it’s always been that. But is this what Vine had in mind when he conned billions into injecting his lies? Was this end game part of his master plan all along? Now, the whole world is his, and it was way too easy. He’s the liar’s liar, the ultimate gamemaker, the grand wizard behind the curtain that would snuff the light of the world out in a single day.
And I helped him do it.
My name is Gideon Tyler, and I’m a liar, too. But it’s not who I am anymore. I once believed love made a man weak, but my love for Grace makes me strong in ways I’m not used to. Strong enough to break free from the compliance; strong enough to be defiant. Strong enough to risk my life for what’s right, despite who I was before, and the mistakes I’ve made.
But dying isn’t on the agenda today.
I have unfinished business to attend to. I wanted to tell Grace the truths of my past because I love her, but she’s already so damn wounded. How could I hurt her more? I didn’t want to . . . But it’s too late now. My lies caught up with us, took me away from her, and now she’s alone out there, and in more danger than she realizes. The undead are the least of her worries—as screwed up as that is. They’re saints compared to these monsters. But I’ll do what it takes to save her, my songbird, my phoenix. I’ll keep her safe. I’ll wear the mask of a monster, the man I was before, make them believe I’m compliant, reformed, I’ll tell more lies.
I’ll put a stop to their games once and for all, and we’ll survive, fly free from the depths of this hell. We’ll find each other in the dark again, because love is our light, our strength, and it’s strong enough to win this game. . .
"...Sometimes heroes make hard choices..." (Rozelle).
Ravens in the End is the second book in The End Saga. This time, we follow Gideon as he navigates his way through his old life to get back to Grace.
The beginning of the book leaves off from when Grace and Gideon are separated in the church (see book 1). We get to see his side of the story, and what plays out on his end during the events we read about in the second half of book 1.
The story is very consistent with the timeline from the first book in the series, which makes it all the more interesting. I found that I was driven to read more as I went by to see what Gideon was up to in parallel to Grace's story, and see how they influenced each other. This aspect made for a very exciting read.
While we got to learn about Gideon in the first book while he ventures alongside Grace, there are a lot of things we still don't know about him. Ravens in the End is an amazing eye opener into the past and present of Gideon Tyler, expanding his character arc and showing us his true motivation in this post apocalyptic world.
We now have insight on both Gideon and Grace, which gives the story a 3 dimensional feel; the story isn't confined to one place at one time. There are other things happening in the world, and we get to see that firsthand.
We see a fair amount of drug and alcohol abuse throughout the story, but in a different way than we saw it with Grace. I feel like Gideon has more of a grip on the necessity of being clear headed and focused (eventually) and this to me expresses a theme of doing the right thing.
The actions of the characters show me that the message of the novel is 'sometimes heroes make hard choices', my favourite quote from the book. It means that sometimes you must make a decision that hurts one, but helps many. I think that is the truest thing we can say about the world now, and it's a very powerful message from this story.
The story flowed very well, and there was never a boring moment; everything was essential to the story and the development of the characters. Rozelle really knows how to write a story that sucks you in and never lets go.
I truly enjoyed this book. Rozelle is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. She pours so much of herself into her work, and it's apparent that what she writes comes from the heart. Only true authors know how to do that.
Ravens in the End was a fantastic novel, and I look forward to reading the next installment of this series, hopefully coming out soon! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Rozelle’s writing roots sprouted with poetry and prose in countless journals in her early years, continuing through her tumultuous teenage years, and well into her turbulent young adult life. Though her younger self dreamed of scribing non-fiction and poetry someday, when she discovered the magic in creating fiction she never looked back. Overcoming countless obstacles of her own, the wisdom gained along her personal path through healing breathes life into her beautifully dark, yet hopeful tales of triumph. Filled with an array of emotional triggers, not many topics are off limits in her works. Rozelle’s exceptional storytelling dives deep into the survival and growth journeys of diverse, broken characters and unlikely heroes. Authentic, gritty, intricate, and wildly imaginative, her stories also offer hope—a light in the dark—as her characters discover their own inner strengths and worth in the midst of debilitating adversity.
Though her wanderlust calls her to a nomadic life of traveling the world in planes, trains, ships, and RVs, Christina happily resides in a small town in Texas, USA, with her four wonderful children, three rescue kitties, and a rescue puppy, where she’s blessed to be able to do what she loves every day.