Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book Review: The Swan and the Jackal

Title The Swan and the Jackal

Series In the Company of Killers, book 3

Author J. A. Redmerski

Release Date March 5, 2014

This is not a romance in any sense of the word. If that's what you're looking for, don't read it.

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.

And then Seraphina was gone.

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

I was excited when I started this book. After all, learning more about Fredrik is exactly what I wanted. Well, The Swan and the Jackal certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, I'd even go as far to say that this is my favorite book of the series. There are twists and surprises that I certainly didn't expect. And after everything was said and done, I just love Fredrik that much more.

Now, here's the thing with this book. It seems that (from the reviews I've read) The Swan and the Jackal is one of those polarizing books. There are those that absolutely love it (like myself) and then those that hate it. While I don't agree with those that hate it, I can understand why they do. This book shows Fredrik in a different light than he has been previously portrayed in. It may be jarring for some to see him so absolutely different than what they've come to expect and hence they don't enjoy this book nearly as much. However, I say give it (and Fredrik) a chance. It's worth it.

So, if you haven't started the series yet, what are you waiting for? It's fantastic! And a new book should be out soon (in less than a month!).


5 out of 5 stars

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