Grace and Glory
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Inkyard Press
Book 3 in the Harbinger Trilogy
When Angels Fall
Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.
Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.
As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Violence Young Adult Exciting
Slightly Steamy Fantasy
Grace and Glory is the third and final book in Jennifer L Armentrout's Harbinger trilogy, a spin-off from her Dark Elements trilogy. It continues right at the moment where the second book ends, with Zayne coming back to Trinity as an angel. He isn't quite himself after his fall from heaven though. If restoring Zayne to his normal self isn't enough, Trinity still has an archangel to defeat, figure out a way to control Lucifer if Roth and Layla can bring him on board, and her worsening eyesight. Can Zayne and Trinity beat the odds, and save the world, and have a happy ending? Finally, the long awaited conclusion to the Harbinger trilogy is here, and oh was it glorious. Jennifer once again managed to blow me away with her original content, and engaging storytelling. I ended Rage and Ruin BAWLING, I was expecting more crushing storyline, but we get a nice, happy ending to Trinity and Zayne's story, while leaving a nice opening if Jennifer decides she wants to continue with a new spin-off. Jennifer is busy on her Blood and Ash/Flesh and Fire series' at the moment, but you never know! My only issue with Grace and Glory was the continuation errors. I understand that Jennifer has a lot going on. She is a writing machine. It happens all the time that authors forget some of the details throughout the series. But I feel like this is the kind of shit an editor is supposed to pick up. The errors make the book seem a bit rushed, and done just to finish out the series, instead of real care being put into the book. As always, the shining stars of Jennifer's books are the characters and banter. I honestly fell in love with Zayne all over again. He is a true romantic, and I can see the big difference through his words and actions, between his relationships with Layla and Trin. And I forgot how much I loved Trinity's character. She has so much wit and charm, but can settle down (as much as she can, because I swear she has ADHD) and have peaceful, romantic moments with Zayne. As I have in the past two books, I once again appreciated Jennifer putting so much of herself in Trinity's character - including her degenerative eye disease. It makes me appreciate the amount of work Jennifer does, given her vision difficulties. Zayne and Trinity together? Even more amazing than the past two books. For a YA, their chemistry (and yes, sex lives ... relax, they are 19 and 21) are hot. The romance is sweet, and made obvious not just by words, but simple, quiet acts between the two. Without getting spoilery, I want to point out that while it was a TOUCH predictable (I mean, Jennifer ALWAYS gives us a happy ending, so in that regard, I knew where the story was going to go), but I was blown away about the true identity of a certain character ... Blown. Away. Despite some errors, Grace and Glory was a wonderful conclusion to the Harbinger trilogy. While Jennifer has left herself an option to write another spin-off one day, it ends in a way that I'm comfortable with if Jennifer doesn't continue. Either way, I am excited to see what else Jennifer Armentrout graces us with in the future.
Peanut and Trinity's conversation about what she has to do to Zayne
Trinity screeching when the Ghoul's head caught on fire
Cayman telling Trinity about how hot Zayne was chasing him
Trin telling the Imp to hurry up because she was tired and cranky
Zayne and Trinity fighting, and THE. POOL.
Trinity and the police captain haha
Trinity asking Dez about the possibility of pregnancy
Trinity seeing the stars clearly for a moment
Trinity and Zayne walking into their apartment to Cayman shaking his ass
Cayman's joy over telling Zayne THE PLAN
Zayne's reunion with his car, and how he showed Trinity his happiness
Lucifer's entrance song
Zayne and Trinity talking about demons always being naked while fighting them
Cayman and his sympathetic gagging
Lucifer's obsession over Supernatural
Trinity's jazz hands when she felt her surprise was anticlimactic
Zayne, Trinity and Lucifer killing Gabriel
When souls who moved on to the great beyond came to check in on loved ones, people often smelled something that reminded them of the person who'd passed on. A perfume. Toothpaste. A cigar. Bon-fire. It could be anything, because Heaven ... Heaven had a certain scent; it smelled like whatever you desired most, and I wanted Zayne to be alive more than I wanted anything. I smelled Heaven right now.
Trinity: "Zayne, please -"
Zayne: "Stop calling me that."
Trinity: "It's your name -"
Zayne: "It is not."
Trinity: "Then what am I supposed to call you? Jackass?"
Throne: "He committed an act of selflessness and sacrifice by coming to your aid. He did so out of the purest love. He was restored to his Former Glory."
Trinity: "Former Glory?"
Throne: "But he chose you. He chose to fall."
Throne: "Do you not have any faith?"
I opened my mouth to respond.
Throne: "I already know this answer."
His wings flared, and all those eyes stared straight into me.
Throne: "It was a rhetorical question, Trueborn. You, a child of one of the most powerful archangels, have always lacked faith. It is a good thing that neither God nor your father have ever lacked faith in you."
The phone slipped out of Gideon's palm and hit the floor with a heavy thud.
Trinity: "You probably want to leave that there since I'm just getting started."
Gideon: "Okay." Danika: "What? You knew? And you didn't tell me?"
Nicolai: "There are a lot of things I haven't told you."
The look on Danika's face drove him to lean back.
Nicolai: "That I can't tell you."
She folded her arms over her chest.
Nicolai: "Why aren't you mad at him?"
Nicolai pointed at Gideon.
Danika: "Because he's not sleeping in the same bed as me."
Trinity: "Zayne's out there right now, and I have no idea what he's doing. Hopefully he's napping or eating unhealthy food."
Cayman: Are you still alive?
I'd sent back a quick, Yes, and then received a response demanding proof that it was me and not an "asshole archangel" with my phone.
Trinity: You're afraid of me.
Cayman: Yep. It's you. Be safe. Roth would be mad if you got killed on my watch.
Dez: "Do you see anything?"
Trinity: "Godzilla could be hiding among those trees and I wouldn't be able to see him."
Peanut: "What are you going to do? Don't answer that. You already know what you have to do. You have to find him."
Poppy: "I know. But if it doesn't work - if I do it and it kills him -"
Peanut: "If that is what happens, you know, deep down, it will be the right thing. It will hurt like Hell. It will hurt worse than getting electrocuted, and I would know. But Zayne ... he shouldn't be bad. That's not who he is. He's rare. He's a good guy. Like too good for you."
I laughed, because it was true.
Peanut: "But you have to try, Trinnie." Trinity: "You're still in there."
Zayne: "I don't know what you mean."
Trinity: "That's okay. Because he does."
Cayman: "Look at you, feeling bad for dead demons. You make a shit Trueborn, you know?"
Trinity: "I'm sorry that he was chasing you. I really do mean that."
Cayman: "I know you do. And I don't take it personal. And it was kind of hot."
My gaze shifted over to him as my brows lifted.
Cayman: "What? Fallen angel Zayne tops the hotness meter. I can't help it. I'm a demon."
Trinity: "I'm sure Zayne would be happy to hear that he hasn't lost you as his number one fan."
Cayman: "Oh, I'm not his number one fan. That's Bambi."
Trinity: "What? Wait. Don't answer that. I don't have the brain space to deal with hearing about that." The last time I'd seen them, they'd been sent by the Harbinger. Which meant if they were here now, Gabriel knew where I was. Not exactly surprising, but scary.
Because I really just wanted to sleep, talk to the Crone and fix my slightly psychotic boyfriend. Was that too much to ask?
Tapping the iron dagger off the glass, I called out
Trinity: "I'm up here waiting. Please hurry. I'm tired and cranky." Flames erupted as a wing cut through the air, slamming into my side, and knocked me sideways. I tripped over a lounge chair that seriously came out of nowhere, landing in ... plush grass.
Oh, hey, I found the green space.
Talons gripped the back of my shirts, and a heartbeat later, I was in the air, high above the roof and rapidly climbing. The way-too-large shirt lifted as the imp flew over the roof. I began to slip out of the shirt. Panic exploded. What undies did I grab? Oh God, it was the pair that had Hump Day plastered across the ass. I was going to fall out of this damn shirt to my death and be found splattered on the sidewalk in undies that said Wednesday and it was Sunday.
Zayne actually dropped me. I was too stunned to even scream as I plummeted. There was a shriek as the dark shape of an imp shot toward me, and wouldn't that be some shit if a damn imp saved my life.
Zayne caught the imp midair - The shock of water seized my lungs as it reached up and swallowed me, dragging me down. Chlorine burned my eyes and nose.
I found the stupid pool.
Someone was about to lose some pretty feathers.
An imp erupted in flames as Zayne whirled toward me. His mouth opened as if he were about to say something. He snapped his jaw closed, his chin lowering along with his stare.