Published on: July 12th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Series: Hades Hangmen #4
Genre: NA Romance
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Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen #4)
Only through blood can the deepest redemption be found…
He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.
Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.
Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…
But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.
As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…
… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.
I was scared about reading this book, very very scared. Worried that for the first time that I might not actually like a Tillie Cole book. A book about the most hated character in the entire series, about a character who betrayed us, who hurt the characters we loved, who allowed terrible things to happen. How could I ever feel anything but hatred for a character like that. As I said, I was so very worried…
…but I had no need to be.
So Cain, I guess we better start with him. I started the book very angry at him and glad of his current situation of being locked up and beaten daily by the cult that he so strongly believed in. But then Tillie did something unimaginable. She made me feel sorry for him.
Putting him in that situation allowed Tillie to totally strip him bare emotionally and we are left with this raw character who, in having nothing to loose, finally lets us in and lets us see the real man, Ryder. The man who has no one and nowhere to go, no world that he can fit into or will be totally accepted into.
Thankfully Tillie doesn’t try to rectify or give us excuses for every bad thing he has done, he is guilty of so much hurt and at no point does he shy away from that, he faces it. He stands up to everything that he has done, and boy does he suffer for it.
“He was an eternal outcast. Never belonging in either world that he had walked in.”
I absolutely adored the girl in this book and the only thing I am going to tell you is that her name is Harmony. With her own devastating backstory she becomes the perfect person to help Cain to redeem himself.
One of my favourite things about Harmony is was the fire she had in her. She is totally obedient to The Order, but at the same time she knows that what is happening is not right. Unlike many of the people there she is not brainwashed into thinking that this is the perfect life, she knows that there must be another way.
Harmony’s fire grows through this book and I was so proud of the character she became. She rises from the ashes of her shattered life and becomes such a strong woman by the end of the book and I was so so proud of her.
“You are good. You may have sinned in your past, but you are redeeming yourself now.”
Harmony and Ryder meet under the most dark and desperate of situations but their interactions through the wall separating their cells helps each of them to find even the smallest of lights in the darkness. They give each other the strength to live and to fight against the horrors that they have both had to witness in their lives.
The development of Ryder and Harmony as a couple was beautifully done and unique from the other relationships in this series as both characters have lived their life with The Order. Having never been in any kind of loving relationship before, it was beautiful to see them both discovering it together.
“You have been the only good I’ve ever known. You’ve been the heaven I’ve been searching for after all. Not the faith, or the prayers…just you … only you.”
We get an additional POV in the book of Styx, and I was so glad that Tillie decided to do so, firstly because I missed him but also because we got to see Ryder’s attempt at redemption from someone who hates him so much. I found myself very conflicted as we passed between Ryder’s and Styx’s POV and I kept changing my mind about forgiving Ryder.
Through Styx we also get to see a lot more of our favourite Hades Hangmen and the consequences that many of them are still having to deal with as a result of The Order. The are happy moments and heartbreaking ones, but ultimately there is still a whole lot of love and brotherhood, which is what makes this group of characters one of my favourites ever.
“She just made me feel centred. Grounded. When I’d been so fucking lost for so long”
The book is an incredible addition to the Hades Hangmen series and continues the story perfectly. I experience a lot of “WHAT?!” moments throughout this one due to some amazing twists and reveals that I just didn’t see coming.
The book was perfectly paced and build up on the relationship between Ryder and Harmony was exactly right. Just like any Tillie Cole book, the levels of emotion were high (chapter 17 especially) and I couldn’t have thought of a better way for this story to go, and end for all the characters involved.
Deep Redemption has a common theme of second chances at life, at love and at redemption and the challenges that many of our characters struggle through in this book are both heartbreaking and inspiring.
“I have lived my life as two people. I wasn’t sure that either of them were real.”
Tillie Cole has stamped on my heart a hundred times already. With the Sweet Series, with Raze and with this incredible series. She pulled it out of my chest, rips it to shreds, stomps on it and then mushed it back together and shoves it back it, only to do the exact same thing 2 chapters later. And that is what I love about her writing and why I keep going back to it.
She isn’t afraid of the tough topics and she handles them beautifully. Not many people can write about religious cults who abuse and brainwash girls, about torture or rape and make it into a story that you still want to read. And now she does the unthinkable and writes a story about a man who has done such horrible things and gives us the ultimate question: how far a person must fall before they no longer deserve a second chance?
“Who was the real me? I had no idea.”
Writing this review (of a reasonable length) and with no spoilers was torture for me because the entire book is basically one big spoiler! For a book that I went into not knowing whether I would like it I could not put the thing down once I had started and finished it only a few hours later
Re-Readability: Stupid Question, of course!
I would recommend this book to: Tillie Cole fans, fans of dark romance, fans of biker boys, fans of Son’s of Anarchy, fans of fiction about religious cults, books about second chances, fans of stories that rip your heart out and leave you a complete emotional mess.
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.