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Ares, one of the seven sons of Hades, was banished from the Underworld two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose; to guard the New York gate to the Underworld. Throughout these two centuries, Ares has fought daemons seeking entry to the Underworld with ruthless efficiency, but it’s a duty that comes with a heavy price.

Loneliness. 

Outside of the Underworld, Ares’ power is unstable. Hell, he can’t even dry himself off without setting his towel alight, let alone caress a would-be lover. Starved of physical contact, Ares’ existence is cold and empty.

Until a daemon steals his power and catapults a mortal woman into his life. 

Megan awakens emotions that have laid dormant for more years than Ares cares to remember and, together, they work to retrieve his power and uncover the truth underlying her own. When the time comes, though, can Ares sacrifice the life he’s always wanted to fulfill his duty?

I’m a huge fan of Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates series so I was uber excited when I heard about her brand new series, Guardians of Hades. Through her newsletters, I learnt it’s a series that was around eight years in the making and it’s clear that she put those eight years to good use. One thing I thoroughly enjoy with books involving mythology is research and it’s clear that Felicity has done a lot of this, making the world she’s created all that more believable.

Ares is a bit of a slow burner (haha get it? Ares, lord of fire, slow burner? Eugh, shut it, Jazz. No one cares about your stupid puns), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It simply creates this page-turning sense of anticipation and when Ares and Megan’s relationship is finally cemented, their passion for one another burns (Jazz, stop) with an intensity that makes for some beautiful, heartfelt scenes.

The plot itself is interesting and it sets a strong foundation for the rest of the series. Ares provides us with a small taste of what’s to come and that alone was enjoyable enough. I’m excited to see what the following books have in store! I’m eagerly awaiting Calistos’ story 😉 He’s the youngest of Ares’ brothers and his characterization is perfect. It’s clear to see that he’s something of a mischief-maker and I get the impression that he’s going to be providing some much needed comedic relief throughout the drama that’s inevitably going to follow Ares. 

However, I felt Ares left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Megan’s family is briefly mentioned and it’s suggested that her powers are something she’s inherited from either one of her parents or someone a little further back along her family tree…and it’s left at that. Her parents (who may or may not have died in mysterious circumstances) aren’t mentioned again and it left me feeling somewhat disappointed that Megan’s past isn’t explored further. We learn so much about Ares, but very little about Megan. In the Eternal Mates series, none of the couples have yet to receive a sequel to their stories and I’m guessing this will be the same with Guardians of Hades. I would very much like to learn more about Megan but I’m guessing this isn’t going to happen. This isn’t something that detracts from the overall plot, more a personal preference on my part.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Song: The Trammps Disco Inferno

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Ares is available to buy on Amazon in both e-reader and paperback format.

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