book review

Ruthless by Gena Showalter

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

Publisher: HQN

Pages: 416

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Rating: 3.5/5

Ruthless is the second (and possibly last?) book in the Immortal Enemies series. I think the world that Showalter created for this series is fascinating but unfortunately we didn’t get to see much of it in this book. In this story we are following Micah who is a powerful ruler gearing up for war with the cruel Kaysar from the first book in the series. Our heroine, Viori, is not only someone Micah stumbled upon when he was younger and hasn’t been able to stop thinking about, but she is also Kaysar’s long lost sister.

The connection between Micah and Viori was the strongest part of this book. Their connection jumped off the page and I appreciated how Showalter paced their relationship. It made them ultimate getting together so rewarding and I looked forward to scenes with just the two of them. But while the relationship between the two was well balanced the rest of the story wasn’t. I was expecting this book to have the same pace as the first book but it is definitely slowed down and I wanted more action. I also think the conflict that happens at the end of the book could have been built up a bit more.

The biggest aspect of Viori and Micah’s relationship is that Micah doesn’t know Viori is Kaysar’s sister. So we get a lot of internal dialogue about how Viori is keeping it a secret and what her plans are. It felt a bit repetitive at times even though I understood why she wasn’t telling Micah. Another huge part of the story is Viori’s powers. I found them to be intriguing, unique and at times surprising. I think if I was to have any supernatural powers I might want to have Viori’s.

Overall, the Immortal Enemies series has been a fun time with engrossing characters and an enchanting world. I previously tried to read one of Showalter’s other fantasy romance series and couldn’t get into it so I think it speaks a lot about these books that I flew through them. Once I finished this one I went searching to see if there were going to be anymore and while I couldn’t find any information I do have my fingers crossed that there will be.

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