Thanos by Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters #3
Publication Date: January 26th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
CHARMED FOR LIFE?
Thanos Agapiou has always been a charmer. For over two millennia, the vampire had no problem acquiring whom and what he wanted with a flash of his handsome smile. He took for granted the boyish good looks he presumed he’d possess for the rest of eternity.
How very wrong he was.
A nearly fatal attack distorted his entire existence. With his appearance now matching the title many have bestowed their kind—monster—he hides away from the world and all of those who know him, including his Ancient, Eton.
Until one night when a stranger draws him out from the shadows.
OR CURSED FOR ETERNITY?
Ever since Paris Antoniou was thrust into a world of vampires, his reality has become stranger than the history and the myths he’s studied for the past decade.
When he learns the truth about his origins and the power he wields, his confusion and fear have him running for his life. What he doesn’t expect is to run into the arms of Thanos—a vampire who doesn’t intimidate him as much as he intrigues him.
WHAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU WANT TO SURVIVE?
As their worlds collide under extraordinary circumstances, an attraction neither can deny takes hold. But will that be enough to save Thanos from his demons, or will he condemn Paris to his fate?
Destinies have been changed. Lines have been crossed. And, with tales of the vampire race coming to an end, who will make the ultimate sacrifice?
After all, in a world run by vampires and gods, only one can be the true Master among the Monsters.
© Ella Frank 2016
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Masters Among Monsters is the perfect series title for the dark and dangerous world that Ella Frank creates and places her mythological characters in because there’s an established hierarchy at play, both within each group and amongst the gods, demigods, and vampires, and all three play an intricate role in a plan that was conceived to annihilate the very demons the gods created.
It’s clear from the beginning of the series that the gods are meant to be seen as the masters of this world, and due to their destructive and demonic acts, the vampires are the beasts the gods rule over, but as the events play out in the three books, the lines between who is a master and who is a monster begin to blur, causing the three heroes to exert their free will and force extreme actions to be taken to reset the plans that were destined to occur, placing their existence in the hands of the very gods Leo, Elias, and Paris no longer trust.
Of the three, Leo has clearly chosen his side when Thanos’ story begins; Leo is devoted to his two vampires and their blood link is an unbreakable bond that he cherishes despite the disapproval of a great many people. Elias is the wild card of the group because his role in the vampire genocide has been known for many years and he has been trained in how to deal with their powers and protect himself against their mind invasions, but the gods never anticipated how thoroughly Isadora would own Elias and what he would willingly do in order to remain with the woman he loves. Paris is quite the walking contradiction because his demeanor and actions do not align with the god who brought him into this world, and while he is perceived to be weak and docile, he actually proves to be the strongest of the three when it comes to what he sees as his purpose and his need to protect the disfigured Thanos from himself as well as his Ancient.
As Frank takes readers further into the darkened underbelly of society and illustrates the connections that were meant to destroy the entire vampire race and the history of how all players came to be, loyalties change, causing Leo, Elias, and Paris to question their destiny and search for ways to barter with fate in such a way that will allow them to remain with the very “monsters” they were brought into this world to vanquish.
Being a high school English teacher who teaches Greek Mythology, the story line that Ella Frank creates is especially intriguing to me; she takes an already established mythological world and weaves in her own conceptions, ones that intricately tie into their foundation. Each relationship between the god, demi-god, and vampires that Frank explores has its own role and significance to the power play that seems to be occurring between the gods and vampires, and the choices that are made will universally alter the three groups because they seek such different outcomes.
Alasdair, Isadora, and Thanos’ books may focus on their respective relationships with who they’re involved with, but each one also brings the other key players into the story, illustrating the complexity of the relationships and the steps that the gods have taken to ensure their plan is successful. There were times in the series, though, especially in Thanos’ story, where I felt like I needed more backstory and/or context in order to truly understand the depths of the bonds and what that meant for each of the characters, but overall Ella Frank provides great insight, giving a voice to each group of characters, allowing them to show readers why and how things changed when they did and what the cost of those changes might mean for them and those they’ve grown to loathe and love.
The conclusion of the Masters Among Monsters series may not be what readers hope or even perceive as a possibility, but I adored the Epilogue because, in a way, it restores the balance of things…it allows all the players involved in the fated circumstances to begin anew and allow the gifts that they received to cleanse them and develop bonds that ended up altering the dynamics of everyone involved.
4.5 Poison Apples
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About the Author
Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at http://www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
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