“It’s because we aren’t normal people,” he said, and then chuckled, which had me doing the same. “It’s because our lives – just like us – are extraordinary, exceptional, and totally fucking over-the-top.”
A Twisted Cessation by Pearl Khatri is the second book in the Twisted Duet series and just as the quote above said about the characters, this book is “extraordinary, exceptional, and totally fucking over-the-top”.
Being an author myself, I know how hard it is to writing a sequel and to meet the readers expectations. But Pearl Khatri should be proud of herself, because she delivered not only a great sequel, but a sequel that even out-did the first book. If I thought the first book had it all (strong bad-ass females, Greek mythology creatures, witches, vampires, Kings and glorious Princes, transforming Empyreans, epic adventures, battles for life and death, Goddess Prophecies and destiny calling moments), this book added even more despair and pain, revenge and intrigues, even more epic battles, including fighting an army of dead souls, even more imaginative creatures, like the four-headed and eight-armed Hecatoncheires and Mother Nature herself, and more love. Even orgies… Yes, this book contains mature content, both sexual and language-wise and that it is a NA, not a YA, novel. The sex scenes were hot in the first book, but let me tell you that it’s nothing compared to the ones in this book. A big plus for all LGBT relationships, I really love all the MM characters!
The story is dynamically told from multiple POVs; by the main character Era (Lady Erabella Tarandos, the Heiress of Athelia) of course, but also by Ryan (Ryan Lawson, the Centaur of Pladeris, and the love of Era’s life), Jo (Johan Forde, Prince-Commander of Pladeris), Wance (Wance Raddor, the Whitehead Warlock), Laze (Shalaze Zorakh, the Ray Bearer) and in some occations by Val (King Vallian Forde), Aaron (Aaron McLaren, the Flame Bearer) and Orion (the Minotaur and Healer of Boronos), giving them each a way to express their feelings and giving the readers to see the story unfold through their eyes. I’m sorry for the spoiler alerts coming up, but it’s almost impossible to say something about the story otherwise:
The beginning of this book broke my heart, when Era lost her and Ryan’s baby. It was just so cruel. But it got easier when Era was reunited with her loved ones again. And then there was a complete whirlwind of actions, all the way to the very end, with the fulfilling of the prophecy and all minacious events, darkness, fears and nightmares, the journeys and fighting brutality and evilness, and the final war to save the world from the terrorizing monster (Ariesto, the evil King of Tyzer). But my poor heart got another shock there, when it seemed that Era would lose not only her baby but also her love, Ryan. Luckily though, Goddess Athelia saved the day. Besides the hardship our heroes have to face, this book also contains so much love and friendship. I really shipped the MM relationships and the strong friendship amongst the members of the squad. And the double-wedding was so sweet and perfect. As was the ending. I am so happy with that.
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This is a book about not bending to but creating your own destiny, overcoming hardship and become stronger from it, as well as the power of love. All in all, The Twisted Duet series is a fast paced, hard hitting, epic ride that will take you on exciting twists and turns! Both books are full of diversity, imaginative characters and a unique world building.
Find out more about the book and the author here: Pearl Khatri