Erryn reviews ‘Redemption (Fire and Brimstone Scroll Book 5)’ by Nikole Knight. This book was released on October 2, 2020 and is 352 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was released April 11, 2022 narrated by Kirt Graves and is 9 hrs and 14 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m addicted to this series.
Riley is missing, and it’s up to his angels to find him.
With help from their allies, Gideon, Jai, and Noel fight to locate the missing piece to their family—and their hearts—before they lose him forever. Realms will topple, and worlds will burn. Because they will not stop until they get him back.
But for Riley, time is running out. Trapped in the cursed realm, Riley Shepard finds himself at the mercy of the Seven. With no friends and no hope, he struggles to survive the horrors of hell as he battles the inevitable pull to the darkness residing inside himself. But one way or another, he must face his demons or die trying. If only death was so easy.
Redemption is the fifth book in the M/M+ harem/poly romance series Fire & Brimstone, featuring vengeful guardian angels, dark affairs, torture, betrayal, and an unlikely hero who must sacrifice everything to survive.
Trigger warnings include: violence, intense gore (specifically Chapter 12), torture, non-graphic sexual assault, and death.
I struggled with this audio. I’ve listened to every one in the series, and am completely invested in these characters, and so pushed through. As the trigger warning says, there is intense gore in Chapter 12. I have a strong constitution, and even I almost caved. It broke my heart. I’ll also warn you not to get too attached to any characters who aren’t the main four because you just never know. No one is safe in this book. Bad guys, good guys – anyone can be taken out at any time.
Okay, now the warning is over, I’ll get to the review. The fourth book ended on a cliffhanger. Riley was giving into Lucifer’s demands and walking away from the three men in his life whom he loves more than anything. The parting was poignant – including his touching and physical parting from Jai – and I despaired. Now, I knew more books were on the way, so I wasn’t too panicked.
Riley is now in Hell. Well, not literal hell, but close enough. As a hybrid, the bad people are doing experiments and other horrible things to him. I felt his pain viscerally. His angels are searching for him everywhere, but there are more bad people hampering the search. I kept thinking, okay, just find him already! But that would’ve been a very short and boring book. This book is neither of those things.
Things come to a head and the groundwork has been laid for the epic battle I anticipate in the final installment. I’m hoping everyone survives, but with this author, nothing is for sure. I can’t wait.
Kirt Graves is narrating this series and I just adore him. He’s so perfect for Riley, and he does a great job with the other angels (and the bad people as well). I’m sitting on the edge of my seat for the next book.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Nikole Knight is a born and bred Hoosier living in a top-secret location in Europe. She’s the lone female in the house, unless you count the dog, and she writes love in all its forms. When she’s not racing after a half-naked toddler or arguing with a child’s logic, Nikole can be found in her writing nook, typing away as her fingers turn to nubs.