The author gave me this book in exchange for another honest review. Once again I came out on the winning side of this arrangement. I recently did a review for the first book in this series called Save My Soul. I really didn’t think this series could get much better but I was once again proven wrong. Hell’s Gift raised the bar for intensity, drama and edge of the seat reading.
Would you be willing to make a deal with the devil, in order to save your soul mate? Well that is exactly what Rhyan had to decide. Would he be willing to go through the seven stages of Hell to save the soul of Abbi, his wife from centuries ago, along with his own soul. When Rhyan died he died with a pure heart and was taken into heaven, but Abbi couldn’t survive without him and did the unforgivable. She landed in Hell and became a princess for Lucifer himself.
Rhyan had been kicked out of Heaven because he was depressed about losing his charge Kendra here on Earth. In Save My Soul, Kendra found her soul mate here on Earth and married him, leaving Rhyan to deal with his lost hope of having Kendra as his own. The elders in Heaven thought he would recover from this depression if he was sent to Hell to see exactly what he was missing. Little did he know he was going to come face to face with his wife. His memory of her had been erased in Heaven because if he had known what she had done and where she ended up, he would have never been able to be happy in Heaven. (Going with the no sorrow, pain or tears in Heaven belief)
The seven stages of hell is actually the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Each sin has a leader who is under Lucifer and Rhyan will have to agree to survive and win the battle of each level of hell. The contract that was made by Lucifer was that Rhyan would get one object to help him, but if he gave up then his soul would become Lucifer’s and then the devil could enter Earth.
I won’t give away any more of the story but I will tell you that this story gets intense at times. Trying to figure out what it is that he will have to do to combat the particular world of sin he is in. Watching as he fights and struggles with dirty tricks played on him by the demons. To see him push himself for the love of his soul mate and wife.
On a personal and much deeper level, this book is really about forgiveness. Know that God can forgive you but you aren’t free till you learn to forgive yourself. Learning to forgive those who have hurt you the most in life. It is also about love. How much love must you have for another person to risk your own life. The third element is trust, do you trust another person enough to give them a second chance, to believe in the advice they are giving you when nothing makes sense and to know that you can trust your own dedication to another person and your belief to fight against the evil forces in life.
This is the second book I have read of K.S. Haigwood and I can tell you each one has left me pondering important issues after I am done reading. She can take a serious issue and write it in a way that once again you don’t know how to explain it. Is this another fantasy? Is this a religious experience? Is this just another after life story? Well it could be all three in a matter of a little over 300 pages.
Her third book in this series comes out late 2013. I for one am anxiously waiting for it because I don’t think I will ever be ready for this series to end. I really don’t know how anyone can be disappointed with this series. I started it on Monday and due to some family issues that came up, I wasn’t able to finish it till today. I will honestly say I was spending a lot of that time wishing I was back to the book because it once again grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go.
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