Apollyon (Covenant #4)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Average Rating: 4.42
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
This book sets everything up for the conclusion of the the Covenant series.
It starts a few months after Alex’s Awakening with her still consumed by Seth’s thoughts and opinions. Because it is in the first person POV (Alex) readers really got to see into Alex’s mind when she is under Seth’s control. But yet again, Seth can’t really help that he is controlling Alex, he’s just taking advantage of that. It made me want to scream because Alex was mega brainwashed. I didn’t like that one bit. It was freaking creepy how well JLA wrote the first few chapters. What really sold this book was JLA’s writing. That beginning really pulled me into the story.
It was heart-breaking to see Aiden this heartbroken about Alex’s “condition”… He hated seeing her like this and not herself. He loves her so much and it was just so sad to read about Alex’s actions towards Aiden when she was brainwashed by Seth. In Deity, the couple finally succumbed to their feelings for each other but in true JLA fashion, their taste of HEA didn’t last long.
Alex does break the connection and the rest of the book is the journey to stop Seth and Lucian. I followed Alex and Aiden to the Underworld where they saw Caleb again, I got some Alex and Aiden moments worth fangirling over, and of course some hilarious Apollo appearances!
I love Apollo in this book and the next. He brings comic relief, and is a direct source to Olympus and the Gods which plays a more important role in Apollyon and Sentinel.
I’d say this novel is medium paced, but it varied as I continued the book. It was sometimes slow, other times fast. It wasn’t overly exciting but it wasn’t overly boring either. Every time, I thought the plot was going to settle down, JLA awarded me with more action. The action was broken into bits and pieces but that was fine because I didn’t stop being engaged in the novel. It was a nice balance and Apollyon really is preparing us for the grand finale of the Covenant series.
There are many strong voices in YA writing and Alex is one of them. In this novel, Alex battled with her connection with Seth which made her untrustworthy to her friends and as the protagonist. She also struggled with the fact that she is literally having an identity crisis. I was very nervous for some moment when Alex might have reconnected with Seth or changed sides. Also, Alex realizes the life or death situation that the world is put in and she is the only person who can prevent disaster from happening. All eyes were on Alex to see what she would do next. This girl has loads of pressure on her in Apollyon. It was Alex’s quirky personality and voice that got me so into this book. She brought humour to the situation in spite of all the tragedy happening around her. The romance between Alex and Aiden also helped with lessening the dark mood to the novel.
Speaking of mood, the book had very solemn, heavy feel to it. There was so much death and destruction you knew that something sad and tragic was about to happen, whether it would be in this book or the next. The tone was very brooding as well.
The ending was the most jaw-dropping and heart-breaking cliff-hanger I’ve ever read. Dear Lord, Apollyon ended with a BANG! and leaving you wanting more!
Apollyon is a novel that is written for a reason. There are lots of new information essential to the main conflict and plot. It will make you sad. It will make you smile. Apollyon is another great novel written by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Keep calm and read on!