Updated: Jan 22
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Jennifer Armentrout
Book #3 in the Titan Series
A BLOODY PATH HAS BEEN CHOSEN…
The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.
THE GREAT WAR FOUGHT BY THE FEW IS COMING…
All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.
IN THE END, THE SUN WILL FALL…
The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.
FOR WHAT THE GODS HAVE FEARED HAS COME TO PASS. THE END OF THE OLD IS HERE AND THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW HAS BEEN USHERED IN…
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Mythical Exciting
The Struggle by Jennifer L Armentrout is the third book in the Titan series, and starts off right when the second book ends, with Seth leaving Josie behind with the others after escaping confinement, and struggling with his new found powers, and Josie, upset that Seth has left her ... again. The Struggle is action packed from the first page, to the last, so buckle up, book nerds!
Holy. Crap. This book was absolutely insane. So much happens, and every single thing seems to be building to an epic conclusion in the next book. The story sucks you in right away, and while one little thing was predictable, I think it was meant to be. If you read the book, you know what I'm talking about. Hint: it happens at the first of the book, and the consequences are found out two thirds of the way in. That's not a bad thing though. It made me keep reading well past the point where I should have been in bed. The Struggle continues the series' trend of being original, well-written, and an exciting read.
One of the best parts of The Struggle; despite EVERYTHING that happens, these characters don't lose their fundamental character traits. Jennifer Armentrout does an amazing job keeping all of these characters consistent. Everything that happens with Seth, he is still Seth. He is changed in the way where he tries harder to be a good guy. He is changed because he now loves someone more than himself. He is changed because of what he becomes. But he is still Seth. Reckless. Passionate. Dark and twisty. Josie still holds true to most of her mortal values, but she will still fight and protect herself and others, something she wasn't sure she could do at the first of the series. She goes through SO much in this book, physically, and emotionally, but she is still herself. Stronger than she knows, brave, and Seth's calm in the storm. I'm obsessed with their relationship with one another. Seth's love for Josie is probably the only thing that is 100% pure, and the moments when he is vulnerable with her add depths to a rather harsh character. Josie's understanding nature, and her acceptance of Seth's dark side, his flaws, is amazing. We get the bad boy Seth we love, and the softer side we didn't get enough of in the Covenant series. The big reveal in this book is what I predicted, but boy, was I happy! It means big things for this series' star couple.
Out of our side characters, the two to shine in The Struggle was Alex and Aiden. We get a hint of their current struggle (which I don't want to spoil for you), and boy do I want a happy ending for them. We don't get too much of Luke and Deacon, Marcus, or Apollo. We get some new characters in the mix (mostly Titans), and the people that live in and around Seth's family home. The Titan's are obviously evil, but I get a weird feeling about those around Seth's home. I don't know. We'll see. Apollo is probably the one character I am flummoxed by. AHHH! Apollo! It's clear what your daughter needs from you! Come on!
And now I am typing messages to fictional characters. Gah.
The Struggle is an amazing leading up book to the final book. It answers questions some of us have had since the Covenant series. It ends off with a pretty heavy realization, and I can't wait to start the next book to find out what happens to these amazing characters.
Hades stopping by to help Josie and crew deal with the escaped daimons
Josie standing up for Seth against Apollo
Deacon telling Seth he should have been there for Josie when she was taken
Seth killing Perses after Perses admitted he held Josie down while she was fed on
Alex and Seth talking about what it means to love someone
Seth taking care of Josie, feeding her soup
Seth telling Josie he loves her
Seth and Josie walking in on Aiden and Alex making out in the kitchen
Josie asking Alex to come along when she went to get a pregnancy test
Seth falling on his ass after Josie told him she was pregnant
Caleb <3 ... and Josie realizing she has the gift of prophecy
Seth killing Hyperion
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Doing the right thing had never felt more wrong than it did right then.
Maybe that was how it always felt.
I wouldn't know.
It was so rare when I actually did the right thing.
My knuckles ached from clenching the steering wheel. Every cell in my body demanded that I turn the vehicle around and go back - go back to Josie, because she was mine, and I belonged with her, in her and beside her.
But I couldn't.
Everything had changed now.
Ewan: "She loves you. Do you even realize what that means? No. No, you do not."
There was a pause.
Ewan: "But you will."
Ewan: "Do you want to know about love?"
Rolling my eyes, I kept walking.
Ewan: "Love is the root of all is good, and the root of all things that are evil. Love is the root of the Apollyon."
The fine hairs on my arms rose, and I stopped. Something about what the nymph was saying rang eerily familiar.
Ewan: "Fate is afoot. Things cannot be undone. Fate has looked into the past and into the future. History is on repeat."
Slowly, against my will, I turned around.
Ewan: "Know the difference between need and love."
Ewan's voice carried on the salty breeze. Those amethyst eyes rolled back, revealing all-white pupils.
Seth: "Oh hell no."
The nymph glided forward and spoke the words that had been meant for the first Apollyon - for Alex - and brought life to a prophecy once unfinished.
Ewan: "For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in. For the sun child and the new god will give birth to a new era and the great creators will fall one by one, reshaping our homes and hearths, reaping man and mortal alike."
Oh, fuck me sideways.
Sun Child? New God? Give birth, and reapings? Yeah, I wanted no part of this.
Seth: "You know, you can -"
Ewan: "A bloody path has been chosen. The Great War fought by the few is coming, and in the end, the sun will fall and the moon will reign until the new sun rises."
My brows rose. Sort of sounded like a normal day to me.
Ewan: "Know this. The strength of the sun will be needed to conquer, for the strength of war and cunning will not be enough. Love and need must be reconciled. If not, the great land will perish, for the bull is in the house of the lion."
Ewan the nymph dropped to one knee.
Ewan: "Goodbye, Seth, the God of Life ... The God of Death."
Josie: "Free. It said 'free.'"
Deacon: "Free from what? The set of The Walking Dead?"
Josie: "I ... I didn't meant to do that. I mean, I meant to stop it, but not make it go splat."
Luke: "I guess it's a good thing you didn't accidentally set one of us on fire."
Josie: "I only did that, like once!'
Josie: "Should we bow or something?"
Luke slid me a sidelong glance
Luke: "I'm just not going to move to draw any attention to myself."
Hades: "Too late."
Apollo: "Do you all have any idea what you've done?"
Alex: "You're going to have to be a little more detailed. We've done a lot of things."
The kitchen door opened once more and Deacon drew up short. His gray eyes widened as he spotted Apollo.
Gable bumped into him from behind
Gable: "Who's that?"
Turning right back around
Deacon: "That is all kinds of nope right there."
Hercules: "And exactly how do you think you would've stopped the God Killer? Even I, the Hercules, would've been unable to stop him. He could kill me."
Hades: "Oh, the tragedy."
Apollo: "It doesn't mater. What you need to be focusing on it locating the other demigods -"
Josie: "I know what I need to be doing."
Apollo: "And what is that? Running off after him? As if what I've ordered you to do is not more important?"
Josie: "Alex and Aiden have agreed to -"
Apollo: "I know what they've agreed to do. It does not matter. You will locate the other two demigods and then wait for me at the Covenant in South Dakota."
I Almost laughed.
Josie: "Oh, I don't think so."
Apollo: "You'd disobey me?"
Josie: "I will do what I feel is right, and finding Seth is what I need to do. I love Seth. I love him when no one else believe in him and I will still love him when everyone realizes who and what he truly is. That will never change. And there is nothing you can say that will change my mind, so you might as well not even attempt it and just tell me how you plan to neutralize Seth."
Apollo: "You won't love him when he drains you dry."
I sucked in an unsteady breath
Josie: "He would never do that."
Apollo: "He wouldn't? Because I'm pretty sure he has already fed from you. You don't understand, Josie. You approach everything with Seth as if it is a black or white issue, as if there is not gray. You don't know him like I do - like all of us do. Whether you want to admit it or not, we do not know what Seth is capable of. We never have and you did not know him when he worked alongside Ares."
Josie: "Since you seem to be watching from afar like a total stalker, then you know he stopped and he told me what happened."
Apollo tipped his head back.
Apollo: "You sounds like a foolish child in the middle of a tantrum."
Luke: "Oh geez."
Alex's eyes widened.
Josie: "How would you know what a child sounds like in the middle of a tantrum? Like you're actually around children enough to know that? I mean, you weren't there for any of my tantrums. Or my birthdays. Or holidays. Or any of the hundred times my mother had a relapse and I was scared to death that she would accidentally hurt herself."
My words struck their mark. I knew this because the room suddenly filled with electricity. Alex and Aiden shifted uneasily, and I had a feeling Luke was slinking away.
Apollo: "You think that's what I wanted? That I chose to not be there for you?"
Josie: "Right now you choose to not even look at me when you speak to me, so yeah, I'm going to go with you chose not to be there for me."
Apollo whipped around so fast I barely saw him move. I couldn't read the emotions in his face. I didn't want to.
Josie: "You barely speak to me when you do decide to appear. Hell, you seem more happy to see them than you are to see me, your daughter. You won't even tell me anything about my mother. You always disappear before I can even ask."
His chest rose and those large hands opened.
Apollo: "Sometimes it is best to not be given the chance to ask a question that will lead to an answer you will not want to hear or need to know."
Alex: "You were right when you told Apollo that no one knows Seth like you do."
I snapped my mouth shut.
Alex: "You know this Seth, and I'm not sure who or what he really is now, but we know the old Seth, too, and because of that, we have to be cautious. And they were cautious because apparently they kind of knew more than what they told us."
Josie: "He's not evil."
Alex: "I think ... I think you're right."
Josie: "I am."
I closed my eye and instead of being sucked back into those long nights and mornings of staring out this window, watching my mother, I saw Josie's face and I wanted to be there. I wanted to see her -
And then it happened.
My heart took a beat and every cell in my body scattered. One second I was in my old bedroom and the next I want standing in a small room that appeared o be a hotel. I took a step back as my gaze swung around the room. Heavy curtains were drawn, blotting out the sun. I caught a glimpse of blonde hair splayed out across a pillow.
I hadn't meant to do this.
But I had.
I'd brought myself to Josie.
It had only taken a second, and I was suddenly within feet of her, and she was right there, lying on a bed, curled onto her side. Her back was to me, but I knew that was Josie. I knew the line of her body, even under a thin white blanket. That was her curve of the hip and waist. That was my Josie - that was psychi mou. My soul.
Hyperion: "Miss me?"
Josie: "Like I'd miss a gunshot wound."
Seth: "You know, there was nothing more annoying than Apollo or any of the other gods just randomly popping up whenever they wanted. But I've got to admit, being able to do it is pretty fucktastic."
Marcus continued to stare.
Seth: "Yeah, spoiler alert. I'm kind of a god now."
Seth: "I went to the house in Malibu. Looked like some crazy shit went down."
Dark shadows were under Deacon's normally lively silver eyes
Deacon: "Um, yeah. Apparently we were never supposed to kill a Titan."
Seth: "Oh, really?"
Luke: "Killing Atlas caused some major earthquakes. You didn't know that?"
I raised a brow
Deacon: "It also punched a hole straight into Tartarus. Charred daimons escaped right into Gable's living room. It was like a scene out of a horror flick."
My stomach twisted.
Luke: "We fought them off until Hades and his men came up after them. Then Apollo showed up. Things got ..."
A rare form of anger flashed across Deacon's face as he stared at me.
Deacon: "You weren't there. How could you not be there?"
Seth: "I like you, Deacon. I always have, so I'm going to say this once and only once. I had to leave."
Deacon: "But you're here now."
Deacon: "No. Josie stood up for you - defended you after you left us - left her. She stood up to Alex and Aiden who were afraid you had turned into evil Seth, hell bent on killing everyone."
My eyes narrowed.
Deacon: "She stood up to her father - to Apollo when he showed up and started talking trash about you. She had your back. And you weren't there."
Seth: "I couldn't be there - be around her, Deacon. It's for her safety."
His laugh was harsh and so very unlike Deacon.
Seth: "Look, I'm here to make sure she's okay since I can't ... I can't sense her. That's all."
Deacon's mouth dropped open.
Behind the desk, Marcus briefly closed his eyes.
Marcus: "You don't know."
As I stared at them, unease coursed through my veins like battery acid.
Seth: "I don't know what?"
Luke: "After the daimons were taken care of, Apollo told Josie that her mother had died along with her grandparents."
Seth: "No. Apollo said - Apollo had lied to her this whole time."
Luke: "Josie kind of lost it. A burst of akasha left her - knocked Alex, Aiden and me flat on our asses. Apollo vanished at that point."
A wry smile tugged at my lips. That's my girl.
Marcus: "That's not all. You shouldn't be there. Seth, you should be home."
Seth: "My home?"
Luke: "The islands. Josie thought you might go back to the islands you grew up in. That's what she was planning to do. She -"
Seth: "She went to Andros?"
Surprise stowed my breath. How in the hell did she figure out that was where I was going? I'd mentioned the islands only a few times.
Because she loves you, whispered that same voice in the back of my thoughts, and it was one hundred percent right.