After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace. Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares—God of War—and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them. That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle…Gwen herself.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
I think you all know I have a deep, deep love of all things dragon so coming across Lia Davis’s Sons of War series was sort of an embarrassing squeak moment. I’ve now read each of the books twice and can’t say I’m done with them. Here’s the lay of the land:
Gwen: Fifteen years ago, her parents were killed in an unprovoked attack by three men, one of which was able to shift into a large, black dragon. With high hopes for starting over, Gwen and her adopted sister, Elle move into a fixer-upper on the coast of Maine. Within just a few days, Gwen finds herself right back in the middle of her worst nightmare, surrounded by dragons. Unlike last time however, these dragons seem to be friendly.
Markus: ggggrrrrr!!! As the son of Ares, Markus and his brothers were literally born into violence. In the centuries since their birth, Markus and his brothers have been tasked by Zeus to watch over the Descendants, those half-mortal children whose other parent just happens to be a god or goddess. Meeting Gwen is the first time in centuries Markus has been glad of his assignment and if he is going to make her his mate, he’s going to have to get her to trust him.
Garrick: aka Gary to those who want to piss him off. Garrick is 100% batsh&t crazy and is hell bent on bringing down the Olympian deities and his brothers. Oh, yes, Markus and crew are Garrick’s brothers and Garrick will stop at nothing to see them all fall. Garrick’s crazy sort of happened over night when his mate, Sophia was taken from him. In that moment, Garrick became convinced of his brother’s betrayal and hatched a plan to kill them all. In order to do that, Garrick has to collect as many of the Descendants as he can, unlock their bound powers, and get them to do his evil bidding.
The Descendants: Across the world are children and adults just like Gwen, half-mortals with gifts that were bestowed upon them by their other, Olympian parent. The gift(s) each Descendant has is dependent upon the identity of their Olympian parent. In the last great war, the Olympian deities discovered their descendants with unbound powers posed a serious threat to their existence and so, the Descendants had their powers bound and Zeus forbid the deities from having any direct contact with their offspring. Most of the Descendants, Gwen included, know there is something different about them but don’t quite know the entire story. Garrick, being a Son of War does know the full story and desperately needs people like Gwen in order to pull off his ridiculously crazy plan.
The Bottom Line: Yeah, I love dragons to a disturbing degree and Lia Davis is only encouraging my obsession with her Sons of War series. Gwen is an interesting character and she becomes more so as she gains her powers but the real interest lies in the actual Sons of War. Markus and his brothers are all kinds of varied and angry, and hot. Though they are stick on Earth they have made the most of their time and become successful business men and protectors of their town. They have also spent their years on Earth looking for Garrick in order to stop his madness. As Gwen and Elle (and others) come into the Sons’ lives, and the Olympians are once again able to have direct contact with their descendants, the need to stop Garrick becomes critical. War’s Passion has loads of backstory, just the right amount of action and mayhem, some steamy naughty bits, and the promise of more awesomeness to come. For all intents and purposes, War’s Passion comes to a full and complete end but as you will see, the Sons of War story is far, far from over.
About the author and where to find her:
In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.
Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it! Sign up for her newsletter, become a member of her fan club, and follow her on Twitter @NovelsByLia.