Book Review: Gospel of the Forgotten (The Immortal Coil Book 3) by J. Armand

 
 
Just when Dorian thinks he's getting his life under control, it gets upended once again by the appearance of Lyle and a team of people trying to keep the peace between humans and supernaturals who go by PROJECT: UNITY. Working together, Dorian, Noah, and the team discover the true horrors behind a shady pharmaceutical company, as well as the darkness within the human race and possibly their own selves.
 

 
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Title: Gospel of the Forgotten
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Book Number: Book 3 of TBA
Pages: 494
My Book Rating: 4 Stars
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*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

First things first, I gotta talk about Noah. He’s not even the protagonist yet somehow I seem to end up talking about him more than anything in my reviews. He just has such a presence in these books though, and wow did he change in this one. Of all the characters in this series, I didn’t expect Noah to be the one to keep touching my heart and making me teary-eyed. It’s funny because if anyone jumped into the series on Book 3, they’d probably just be like, “What an ass,” because he was still cocky and petulant most of the time, but if you knew what he was like in the first two books… I really liked seeing this side of him. And I loved seeing his and Dorian’s friendship evolve. Because that’s what they were this time, actual friends. These two made a strange pair as friends, but in a good way. Somehow Dorian managed to chip away at all the walls Noah built, and, for the first time in who knows how long, Noah actually let someone other than Vivian even remotely close to his heart. It was clear that Noah really did respect and care about Dorian, and it was really sweet. That was my favorite thing about this book.

I was also happy that Lyle was back! He was such a great character in Book 1, and his and Dorian’s friendship has always been great. It’s so touching how Dorian has all these crazy powers and is around supernaturals all the time, but he still looks up to Lyle as his hero.

Even Owen and Micah ended up being entertaining and kind of lovable in their own weird way (not exactly the best of people, but entertaining and oddly lovable nonetheless). Seriously, the characterization in this series is wonderful. Every character is completely unique and three-dimensional and dynamic.

The plot was also more focused this time, so that was good as well. It took a while to get to the heart of the issue, but the book was so good throughout that I enjoyed the ride regardless and never got bored or impatient.

So once again this was another great book with fantastically developed and dynamic characters as well a gripping plot with plenty of action, and I’m most definitely invested in and enjoying this series!

*If you’re interested in learning more about the series, you can find an interview with the author here!*

 
 

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Having championed an ancient darkness and brought calm to the Far East, Dorian Benoit is enjoying peace at last. Life has not been easy for the young hero, and serenity is an increasingly rare commodity for those of his kind.

Supernatural beings often lead a tumultuous existence, but their human counterparts could argue the same. Mortals live such fleeting lives, which are filled with violence, turmoil, and adversity. Each new generation has its own share of issues, and none of them are unique. History repeats itself—this much we know—but why is the most intelligent species on Earth so slow to learn from its past?

Deep within us all, there is a fire: raw, primal, and unyielding. It cannot be tamed, and it should not be. This fire is our passion—our driving force—which, when channeled, can unlock a wellspring of creativity or a superhuman compulsion to thrive. But this flame has more to offer than the inspiring embrace of its warmth. When left unchecked, our passions can disfigure us. Feeding these flames with aggression and vitriol can cause a backlash that no longer empowers but consumes all it touches.

Dorian’s days may soon be over, as the world around him begins to ignite in an inferno of hatred. Human terror campaigns run rampant, claiming large swaths of victims across the globe and threatening even the mightiest supernaturals. With Dorian’s own flame only recently rekindled by the promise of peace, will he be able to extinguish the rising hostilities before they raze all he loves to the ground? Or will he, too, be swept up in the madness?

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  1. Greg

    Nice that this is so character centered and that they’re developed so well. Project UNITY sounds kind of interesting, I guess humans ans supernaturals are not generally besties in this series huh? :)

    As for changing minds about a character I have a few times I guess? I’m always impressed if an author can make me love a character I started out despising…

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I love how character-centered this series has stayed! And you know how it is, there always seems to be problems between humans and supernaturals lol.

      I wouldn’t say I ever despised Noah, he was always interesting, but he was also kind of crazy and an ass. He’s still kind of both those things, haha, but in a lovable way.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    This series sounds so well done, Kristen. I’m a character-driven story kind of gal so I love the fact that a secondary character is actually one of your faves. And the character development, being able to watch as they grow and mature…that’s something I really want in my reads. I’m glad that the plot was tighter for this installment but it seems like maybe you’d have liked it no matter what. :) I just checked my library and they don’t have this series but it’s one that I *will* check out eventually. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s a great series! Noah was actually my number one favorite male character for 2016, so yes, he’s definitely my favorite in this series lol. I’m pretty sure I would enjoy these books no matter what the plot does, but it’s still a plus when the plot is done well :-P Thanks!

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    It sounds like there’s some amazing character growth in this series, which is a major win! Watching a grumpy, rude little shit gradually transform into a slightly less grumpy little shit is one of my favourite experiences too, LOL. As you say Kristen, there’s something so satisfying about that journey!

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