Rachel Morgan has been through a lot since she left the IS and went private. She’s lost love, found love, been betrayed over and over again, made friends with demons, found out that she’s a demon and now she has to save her friends from the clutches of the demons one more time. It’s nothing she hasn’t done before, except that this time she faces a demon that all the rest of them are afraid of which is truly ironic since he is their creation.
The exact biological issues that are all tied up with being a witch or a demon and the genetic disease known as rosewood syndrome are the major theme of Rachel’s childhood. She should have died just like all the other babies with rosewood. The bio engineering and the cure that were developed at the behest of Trent Kalamack’s father are still illegal according to modern law. So, when babies who are destined to die from rosewood’s begin to survive and then are stolen, it’s a matter of strong emotion for Rachel.
Rachel does what she does best in Ever After and lets her heart lead straight into the face of sure destruction. The admirable, often self-damaging, trait of remaining loyal to her friends makes Rachel more than just a fun, sometimes sexy main character. Sadly for Rachel, her loyalty has also allowed people who have made bad choices to cause her problems over and over again. Wouldn’t it just be easier to put them out of her misery??
I really liked the exploration and development of the demon’s past. Rachel’s visions of what the Ever After once was and the detail of the past make for interesting backstory. It’s fascinating to imagine how an almost genocidal war that led to permanent imprisonment in a hostile environment would lead to a cultural degradation. What lengths would you go to in order to be free from hell if you were trapped there? If saving your people meant sacrificing the life of few small children? Am I reading Dostoyevsky?
Ever After is full of thought provoking themes. How far would you really go to save a friend and her child? Could you learn to trust someone who has betrayed you over and over in the past? Ever After is not just another fun flighty urban fantasy novel, but you will need to pay attention or you could miss it.