Title: Grace and Glory
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub. Date: June 1, 2021
Pub: Inkyard Press
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Danger, betrayal, and enticing forbidden love clash in book three of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s 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.
This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to Jen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I’m thrilled to be a part of your review team – and this was a fantastic way to close out this series. If you’re interested, you can check out my spoiler free reviews for Storm and Fury and Rage and Ruin.
Well, what the fuck am I supposed to do now?
This book is going to throw me into a slump. Which is saying something, since I usually read JLA books to pull me from slumps. But I’m just sitting here wondering what to do now.
I’m honestly still reeling, so I have no idea how coherent this review will be. But oh my god I loved this book. It’s definitely bittersweet but Jen carries it out with a bang. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for this story. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do now, with no more Zayne, Trinity, Roth or Layla. God, I love them so much. And lowkey, I loved Lucifer. He was so much fun and added a nice dose of chaos…not that they needed more chaos.
But what can I say – I love Lucifer’s brand of crazy. His obsession with Supernatural legit made my day. He totally would be obsessed with that show. Cracks me up.
Jen definitely knocked it out of the park with this one. Between the emotions, never slowing plot and the high stakes, it was so good. I love that she takes the lore and stories that are well known when it comes to Angels and Demons, Heaven and Hell and twists them into something new. Something unique. But they still feel familiar. I loved that foes have to become unwitting allies and things only get worse before they get better.
And as crazy as it may sound, I love that she puts her characters through the emotional wringer all the time. The journey they have to then go on to climb their way back is always so good. Trinity and Zayne are no exception.
And speaking of Trinity and Zayne…they make this book borderline NA. Though, if Zayne were my boyfriend. I’d probably be in Trinity’s shoes – can’t blame her. The love and care they have for each other is so good, so heartwarming. It’s so clear that they’re 100% meant for each other.
We’ve known that Zayne is this kind of stoic Golden Retriever kind of character, but this book shows off some more…controlling, possessive, demanding side to him. A darker side if you will, and phew. Light Zayne is fun, but Dark Zayne is intoxicating as hell. Trinity is so lucky LOL.
I loved Trinity’s journey of self-acceptance in this book. She has so much on her plate, it’s kind of ridiculous, and she handles it way better than I could imagine. That moment where she admits her truth out loud – my heart swelled for her. She lives in a world where she’s surrounded by as much loss as she is good things – she knows it well. And she’s still incredibly strong and doesn’t let it break her completely.
As always it was fun having Roth and Layla in the picture. I miss Roth’s brand of sass and snark paired with is good looks and charm. He and Layla are as adorable as ever. Peanut! I definitely didn’t see his character development coming – nice twist – I loved it.
And I loved that (since they’re really given no choice) the Wardens have to get over their elitist attitude and accept that not all demons are bad. The journey to get to that point is full of chaos, exasperated sighs and yelling, and Trinity causing them a bunch of headaches, but it’s all good.
I already know that this book is going to sit in my head for days, making me wish that I could read it all again for the first time. I’m hoping that we get to see more of them in the future, but I’m thrilled we got the time with them we did. I definitely want more and wouldn’t say no to more books with these characters, in this world. I can’t recommend this series – and the White Hot Kiss series – enough. Grace and Glory is out June 1, so make sure you get your pre-orders in! There’s a pre-order incentive – submit your receipt and get a Zayne & Trinity art print!