Updated: Jan 22
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Book 3 in the Covenant Series
History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time.
Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.
If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.
Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate..
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Foul Language Young Adult Action
Some Steaminess Mythology Emotional
Deity by Jennifer L Armentrout is the third book in the Covenant series. The best way to describe Deity, is by going back to the first book, and reading Grandma Piperi's prophecy. Deity is the answers to all the questions Alex had after her encounter with her. Add that to her deepening connection to Seth, her growing emotions and attraction with Aiden, and her worries about Awakening on her birthday, we have one action packed book, that will leave you stunned in the end.
I mean that. I literally got to the last page, dropped my phone, and said "Holy shit." Because I'm dramatic like that.
This series so far has been nothing but climatic. Especially Diety. There is literally no moment where I was bored. The story is constantly one upping itself, and keeps up it's wonderful originality within the genre ... while still keeping true to Jennifer L Armentrouts YA formula. I've read enough of her books to know that in every YA series, there is always a cafeteria scene, where someone is getting good dumped on them. Or thrown at them.
Alex is probably one of Jennifer's strongest female leads that I have come across in her books. At least top 3. She constantly shows her strength and bravery through her actions and words, yet has a vulnerable side to those she is closest to. She's intelligent, and begins to acknowledge that her choices have power. By going along with the normal way of things, she accepting the treatment of half-bloods, and the laws enslaving them. Alex is good. Is she wild, and fiesty, with one hell of a temper? Hell. Yeah. But she has a strong head of her shoulders, and does what is right ... not caring about the consequences.
Aiden .... oh my heart. One of my favorite things about this book was Aiden and Alex getting closer. He is the perfect half to Alex. Brave and strong also, with a strong moral compass, he is the rational side, to her irrational one. Neither of them give up, especially on each other. His obvious adoration and love of Alex is obvious to everyone but Alex it seems.
Oh Seth. I once described Seth as the devil on Alex's shoulder, while Aiden is the angel. Seth is definitely something all right. His actions in the book constantly had me cringing. It was obvious where it was going. Hell, the prophecy in book one essentially spoiled this book. While his actions in this book are ... for lack of a better word ... horrible, I can't give up on him yet. Much like Alex. She knows Seth, and this isn't him. I hope my thoughts on him are correct. Piperi's prophecy, when she says "The poor child, he doesn't see it," HAS to be talking about Seth. By the end of this book, it's obvious he has been groomed from the start, easy pickings due to his lonely childhood with no parents who loved him.
Deity was such a INSANE ride. I just knew that this book ended on a cliff hanger (I see you, Jennifer. The third book is ALWAYS a cliffhanger), but what a freaking cliffhanger it is. I can't WAIT to dive into the novella Elixir (from Aiden's POV), and then into the fourth book, Apollyon. Get this series. Seriously. I highly recommend it!
Aiden comforting Alex after she found out her father was still alive
Alex throwing her sub at Seth after he asked her if she was PMSing
The sensory deprivation room, where Alex and Aiden face their fears
Aiden and Seth's "boy fight"
Aiden admitting to Alex that he knows Deacon is bisexual, and is only upset over the fact that Deacon hasn't told him
Aiden staying with Alex the night he caught her almost sneaking out
Alex asking Apollo a bunch of insulting questions
Deacon's MHT tree
Aiden finally confessing his love for Alex, and they finally do the deed
Artemis saving Alex from Hades
Aiden giving Alex the rose necklace he made her for her birthday
Where to Buy
Alex: "You were in my dream."
One amber-colored eye opened.
Seth: "Please tell me we were naked."
I rolled my eyes
Alex: "You're such a perv."
Leon: "You are in need of a professional babysitter."
Leon: "Why is it every time I see you, you are about to do something you shouldn't?"
Alex: "It's a talent."
Aiden: "You have this knee-jerk reaction to everything."
Alex: "It's the first initial response. The immediate thought when you hear something. You act on that instead of thinking things through."
I burrowed my cheek against his chest.
Alex: "That's not a compliment."
Aiden: "It's not an insult. It's just who you are. You don't stop to think of the danger, only what is right. But sometimes it's not ... right."
Aiden: "Did you think I wouldn't help you with something as important as this?"
Alex: "Things are ... different."
Aiden: "I know things are different, Alex, but I will always be here for you. I will always help you. How can you ever doubt that?"
Alex: "I don't doubt that."
Aiden: "I told you I'd never let anything happen to you. It seems like a full-time job, though."
My lips quirked
Alex: "I've really been trying, you know. Today was the first day I even did anything remotely stupid."
Aiden: "What did you do?"
Alex: "You really don't want to know."
Seth: "I know what you're feeling right now. I totally approve of it."
My cheeks burned
Alex: "Gods, I hate you."
Alex: "Get off."
Seth: "I was trying to."
Marcus: "Are we keeping you from a nap, Alexandria?"
Leon: "They were training, in her room."
I wanted to die.
Lucian: "It is expected. They are young and drawn to one another. You cannot fault them for seeking privacy."
I couldn't help it. My eyes found Aiden. He stood beside Leon and Linard, his gaze flitting over the room, stopping and lingering on me before passing on.
Marcus: "Fated or not, the rules of the Covenant still apply to them, Minister. And from what I've heard, Seth has a hard time remaining in his own room at your house during the night."
Seth: "I think we've been found out."
There was no way Aiden could've heard Seth, but anger rolled off him in waves, so much so that Seth tipped his head up, met Aiden's stare, and smile.
I'd had it. Sitting up straight, I knocked Seth's arm off the back of my chair.
Alex: "Is this why we're having a meeting? Because, seriously, I could really use a nap instead."
Lucian: "The best we can do at this point is to ensure that Alexandria stays out of trouble and does not give the Head Minister any excuse to place her into servitude."
Several pairs of eyes landed on me. Alex: "I'll try not to do anything crazy."
Marcus arched a brow
Marcus: "That would be a nice change."
Alex: "Time for me to awaken? Then what? You don't care what happens to me?"
Lucian: "Nonsense. Not only will you have power, Seth will be able to protect both of you."
Alex: "I don't need Seth to protect me!"
Seth: "You know how to make a guy feel useful."
Alex: "Shut up. You know what I mean. I can fight. I've killed daimons and I fought the furies and lived. I don't need Seth to be my babysitter."
Leon: "You do need a babysitter, but I doubt he's qualified for the job."
Aiden coughed, but it sounded an awful lot like a choked laugh
Seth: "Do you think you can do a better job? Because you're more than welcome to try."
Aiden's eyes went from gray to silver, his full lips tilted into a smirk as he met Seth's stare.
Aiden: "I think we both know the answer to that."
My jaw hit the floor.
Seth: "Simmer down, cuddle-bunny."
Jackson: "You're going to be hurting by the end of class."
I raised a brow and motioned him forward with one hand. I waited until he was only a foot away before I launched a brutal offensive. I was fast and light on my feet. He would feint in one direction to avoid a sharp thrust and end up with a sideways kick in his back, panting and swearing from a fierce spin kick.
Alex: "I'm going to be hurting? Nah, I don't think so."
Breathing harshly, he jumped onto the balls of his feet
Jackson: "Wait and see, baby."
Alex: "Baby? I'm not your baby."
Aiden: "You've never been one to wallow in self-pity when the odds are stacked against you."
Alex: "I'm not wallowing in self-pity, Aiden."
Aiden: "Really? Just like you aren't settling for Seth?"
Alex: "I'm not settling. I don't want to talk about Seth."
Aiden: "I cannot believe you've forgiven him for what ... for what he did to you."
Alex: "That wasn't his fault, Aiden. Seth didn't give me the brew. He didn't force -"
Aiden: "He still knew better!"
Alex: "I'm not talking to you about this."
I started to back away
The hand beside him clenched
Aiden: "So you are still .. with him?"
Alex: "Define 'with,' Aiden."
I tipped my head up
Alex: "Do you mean am I hanging out with him or are we just friends? OR did you mean to ask if we're sleeping together?"
His eyes narrowed into thin slits that shone a fierce silver.
Alex: "And why are you asking, Aiden? Whatever the answer is doesn't even matter."
Aiden: "But it does."
Alex: "You have no idea. It doesn't. It's fate, remember?"
I grabbed for my bag again, but he caught my arm again
Alex: "What do you want from me?"
Aiden: "You're afraid."
I laughed, but it came out sounding like a nervous croak
Alex: "I'm not afraid."
Aiden's eyes drifted over my head and determination settled into his eyes.
Aiden: "Yes. You are."
Without saying anything else, he turned me around and pulled me toward the sensory deprivation chamber.
My eyes shot wide
Alex: "What are you doing?"
Aiden: "Do you know what they use this for?"
Alex: "Um, to train?"
Aiden: "Do you know how ancient warriors trained? They used to fight Deimos and Phobos, who used the warriors' worst fears against them during battle."
Alex: "Thanks for the daily weird god history lesson, but -"
Aiden: "But the gods of Fear and Terror have been off the circuit for a while, they created this chamber. They believe that fighting using only your other senses to guide you is the best way to hone your skills and face your fears."
Alex: "Fears of what?"
Aiden: "Whatever fear are holding you back."
Alex: "I thought you said I was fearless."
Aiden: "You usually are. Which is why being scared now is so hard for you. Being afraid isn't a weakness, Alex. It's only a sign of something you must overcome."
Alex: "Fear is a weakness."
Expecting him to still be in front of me, I decided to go along with him. I threw an elbow out, but he wasn't here. And then he was at my back, his breath dancing along the back of my neck. I swung around, grasping air.
Alex: "What are you afraid of?"
A whoosh of air and he was behind me again.
Aiden: "This isn't about me, Alex. You're afraid of losing yourself."
Alex: "Of course not. What was I thinking? So why don't you tell me what I'm afraid of, oh-fearless-one?"
Aiden: "You're scared of becoming something you have no control over."
He caught my arm as I swung toward the sound of his voice
Aiden: "That scares you to death."
He let go, backing off.
He was right, and because of that, anger and embarrassment flooded me. Out of the darkness surrounding me, there was a patch thicker than the rest. I threw myself at him. Anticipating the move, he caught me by the shoulders. I swung out, catching him in the stomach and chest.
Aiden pushed me back
Aiden: "You're angry because I'm right."
He pressed down, and when he breathed in, his chest rose against mine. In the utter darkness of the sensory deprivation room, his breath was warm against my lips. I didn't dare move. Not even a fraction of an inch.
His grip around my wrists slackened and his hand slipped over my shoulder, cupping my cheek.
Aiden: "It's okay to be afraid, Alex."
I threw my head back then, wanting to be far away from him as much as I wanted to be right where I was.
Aiden: "But you have nothing to fear."
He guided my chin down with gentle fingers.
Aiden: "When will you learn. You're the only person who has control over who you become. You're too strong to ever lose yourself. I believe that. Why can't you?"
Alex: "What are you afraid of?"
Aiden: "I thought you said I was afraid of nothing once."
Alex: "I did."
Aiden shifted slightly and his thumb caressed the curve of my cheek.
Aiden: "I'm afraid of something."
Aiden: "I'm afraid of never being allowed to feel what I do."
Luke: "Gods, Alex! Holy Hades, what are you doing in here?"
Alex: "How'd you know it was me by just feeling up my boobs?"
Luke: "It's a superpower."