Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: The Mephisto Covenant

The Mephisto Covenant
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sasha is desperate to find out who killed her Dad. So much so, she contemplates joining a group that would require her to denounce God and pledge her life to some guy named Eryx. Turns out Eryx is trying to take over Hell from Lucifer and Sasha is a special soul who was born free from Original Sin. Getting Sasha to join Eryx would be a coup!

Enter Jax and his brothers, who are the sons of Mephistopheles, their sole purpose is to defeat their brother Eryx and prevent him from absorbing the souls of those who pledge to follow him.

Meanwhile, Sasha maybe the key to the redemption of Jax’s immortal soul.

I so enjoyed this book! Personally I was sucked in as soon as I saw Russian surnames. I love all things Russian! Once I was sucked in, I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished…so I was up until 2am!

One of the many things I love about these paranormal romances is the mythology the author’s create to build their story. The Mephisto Covenant is no exception. This Mephistopheles story, I believe, is based loosely on, “Doctor Faustus” where Mephistopheles is a worker for the Devil and goes around collecting the souls of the damned. Here Mephistopheles has several sons and they do the actual escorting of the damned and “M”, as they call their father, is more a liaison between Lucifer and the sons.

I’m kind of torn as to how I felt about the treatment of Sasha. There are several times where she is harassed and doesn’t stand up for herself…and I’m conflicted as to whether that had to do with her nature and the whole “born without original sin”, or if she was a victim. I’m hoping it was the former.

The thing with Sasha and Jax was instant mutual attraction. Unlike so many books these days, this wasn’t love at first sight, more like lust, but they were not quick to act on it in any way, definitely adding the tension, and self doubts of the characters. It also added to the their growth. Whereas it was Sasha’s nature to be exceedingly compassionate, not so with Jax. It was touching to watch him learn what it was to put someone else before himself…to not know what love truly was, but express it inherently.

Most of the loose ends were tied up in this book, but it, apparently, is the first of a planned trilogy, so I wonder if future books with continue to focus on Jax and Sacha? Or if the bigger story will continue, as the next installment focuses on one of the other brothers finding love? I guess I will just have to wait and see.

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