As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father- while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers… to questions that are deadly. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel savior is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.
Ward’s talent in delineation of characters, their emotions, and the labyrinth of their relations to each other is already well-known from her Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
It is interesting that her heroes and heroines are so memorable, meanwhile the story lines are usually easily predictable and simple.
In Envy, although the web of the characters’ acts is very complicated, sometimes I felt the storylines forced, and some threads loose.
In the final resolution scene, Devina’s trick with Reilly is great, but I would be more shocked not to know it immediately. It would be even more impressive to realize it when Weck does, and brooding with him on the “what if”.
- Veck. No need to explain.
- Jim. His powers are evolved – really impressive!
- Eddie & Adrian. I got a very surprising insight into their relationship, and I just can’t believe what has happened.
- Colin & Nigel. It is good to see Nigel’s realizations generated by the war itself, their different personalities, and their commitment to each other.
- Devina. She is an exquisitely evil character, and has a funny maniac personality; strong and dangerous enough, but also has weaknesses.
- Reilly. Her behavior isinconsequent. First, she plays tug-of-war with Veck: once she is rigid and official, then coquettish. Once she wants him, then she changes her mind. I really don’t like the “development” of their relationship.
It is weird that she introduces Veck to her parents. I have a feeling that this scene is only to tell you the sad, sad back story of Reilly.
And when everything looks fine, she is easily deceived by the bad guy, as if she was brainwashed, convinced that Veck is a murderer, and dumps him without a question.
Furthermore, at the end of the story, although she is told to be smart, with the continuous feeling of being watched, she is not careful enough, and kidnapped effortlessly.
Did I mention that I don’t like her at all?
- Demons. Devina’s faceless and nameless minions remind me of the Lessers in BDB.
- The soul that needs to be savedin the following book is revealed at the end of the story. Well, as for me, it’s not an intriguing one. So I think I’m going to skip Rapture.