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GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the
ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in
ways he can’t ignore. She calls to him. Come to me. You can’t resist. But Gryphon
will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his
head. And there’s only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess
who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can’t be sure
what’s real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the
human realm from threats of the Underworld, want to exile him. They’re
not sure he can be trusted. Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn’t feel the pull of
the dark when she’s near. And he’s determined to keep her as near as
possible, whether she wants him close or not. But proximity spurs
temptation. A temptation that will test every last bit of control he has
left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the
Underworld or free him from his chains for good.
If you like tortured heroes, Gryphon is the hero for you! In Elisabeth Naughton's fifth book in her highly addictive Eternal Guardians series readers find out what has happened to Gryphon, the guardian who became a slave to Atalanta. Gryphon was rescued but he's still suffering the effects of his enslavement and no one, least of all Gryphon, is sure if he will ever recover.
He escaped the hell he was living in but the torture continues, if only in his head. It's the voice of Atalanta Gryphon can't get away from that may just drive him insane. Gryphon is determined to kill Atalanta without putting the other Guardians at risk. So he's going it alone or so he thought until Malea tags along. I liked how dark Gryphon was. He didn't just miraculously turn away from the darkside but kept some of that with him. Malea brings light into Gryphon's life but he still must fight his way back from the hell that was Atalanta.
Malea is use to being alone and with Hades hunting her down, it's better for everyone if she doesn't get close to anyone. Malea strikes out on her own but runs into Gryphon and they reluctantly team up together. There is a definitely pull between them but Malea is afraid of what might happen if Hades' Hellhounds catch up to them. Malea isn't a kickass heroine but she does try and I have to give her credit for effort. I also respected her for trying to protect others while so desperately wanting to be part of the group instead of always alone. She was a good match for Gryphon because she could understand his need to protect those he cared about by trying to keep his distance from them.
The romance begins on the run with little in the way of actual romance. Gryphon and Malea are not exactly enemies but they are far from friends. That develops over their mad dash to freedom. Even with the attraction they have for each other, it didn't always feel genuine but having more to do with Malea's affect on Gryphon's darkness. Which made me wonder if their wasn't that connection of light/dark, would anything developed between them? The romance does take off but from the physical attraction with the respect and friendship coming later. I much prefer it the other way but this worked out okay in the end.
The Guardians and their mates are involved in trying to help Gryphon but they also have their concerns as to his ties with Atalanta and how much control she may still have over him. I really enjoy seeing this group of males and watching them interact. They're not all close, best friends but they do respect each other and will fight for each other. The women are not wallflowers who fade off into nothing but continue to make contributions to the fight against Atalanta and her evil horde of daemons.
This is a strong series that continues to deliver action, adventure, romance with kickass heroes and smart heroines. Definitely worth the read!