Book Review: Infernal Providence (The Immortal Coil Book 5) by J. Armand

 
 
The apocalypse is upon the world, and it's up to Dorian and his supernatural allies to save themselves and humanity. As demons destroy more and more cities, a new enemy starts making moves, and Dorian and crew will have to truly work together and find new methods of fighting back if they want to defeat it.

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Title: Infernal Providence: Heir of Destruction
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Book Number: Book 5
Pages: 774
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Review:

*I received a copy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

Gah, this is one of those difficult books to review because it had so much going on and was so tightly coiled with the rest of the series. I’m tempted to just say, “GOOD BOOK IS GOOD,” and then put a bunch of sassy Dorian quotes and all the fan art I made. I have so many thoughts though! So I’m gonna split this review into two parts: one completely spoiler-free for the series, and one for anyone who’s read the previous books.

Spoiler-Free for the Series

Every book in this series has had kind of its own plot, but they’ve all been very interconnected and building up a bigger plot, and this was the book where a lot of that really culminated (but there are still going to be more books, so everything is not over). There were a lot of intense battle scenes, but also moments with a quieter intensity and some moments of reflective downtime and fun. The plots and the character developments in this series have a lot of complexity, planning, and thought put into them, so it’s always nice to see how things progress more and more. (Side note: It makes the books especially enjoyable to reread!)

Another thing I love is that the scope has definitely gotten more epic—larger-scale events happening, world-ending stakes, a growing cast of characters, etc.—and yet, the author has continued to make the books feel relatively narrow in scope and keep me feeling connected by staying focused on Dorian and friends and by sticking to his POV (aside from a brief foray into another POV for a good reason).

Speaking of Dorian and friends, the characters continued to be layered and oh-so-lovable! I’ve started adopting characters I love, so I’m adding these to my family. They’re mine now. All of them. Well, maybe not all of them (manipulative, mind-controlling tyrants and human-eating flesh monsters need not apply), but definitely Dorian, Noah, Gianluca, Lyle, and Nathaniel. Especially those last three. They’re just big, hunky sweethearts. I also love how sassy Dorian is getting. And Noah is… well, he’s Noah, and I love him for it. I love his ridiculous, obnoxious side, his playful side, and his deeper, caring side. There were some adorable friend, found family, and romantic relationships too.

The supernatural stuff continued to be interesting as well. So many of these characters have seriously cool powers (e.g. creating things from and traveling through shadows), plus Dorian’s telekinesis powers grew even more.

*Spoilers for Books 1-4*

For anyone who’s read the previous books and wants to know more specifically what you can look forward to in this one…

– More Nathaniel! I felt like I didn’t get to know him much last time, but he had a much bigger role in this one with a lot of growth. He’s a sweetheart. I’ve become a Nathaniel fangirl.

– More Order! They had a bigger role as well, and some of the individuals stood out a bit more.

– Some new characters! Like a new, interesting god and his followers, including some cute little kids.

– An adorable friendship between Dorian and Nathaniel! They had some really nice moments, and I loved seeing Nathaniel form a real bond with someone after all he’s been through.

– An adorable relationship between Dorian and Noah! I was so excited to see them get together in the last book, so I just adored seeing all their touching, sweet, and intimate moments in this one.

– A different side to Noah! Much less of his obnoxious side and more of his playful and heartfelt side.

– Some fun Isis moments! I think I’ll add her to the list of characters I’m adopting, actually.

– Gianluca breaking your heart :-( I know I said this was things to look forward to, but I couldn’t not mention the poor guy. He was so sweet and lovelorn sometimes that it made me want to cry.

 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, this was an amazing addition to the series with heightened stakes, lots of supernatural powers, adorable friendships and relationships, and so many lovable characters!

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

I Made Fan Art!

I was inspired! J. Armand sometimes refers to Dorian as a smol spooky boi, so I couldn’t resist trying to learn how to draw chibi art (seriously, I watched like five tutorial videos) so that I could attempt to draw smol Dorian.

Dorian Chibi

I also ended up making a SPOILER-ific (for Books 1-4, not this one) stick figure comic. You can see some non-spoiler panels in this tweet, and the full one is hidden below.

A Noah & Dorian Love Story Comic

Last but not least, I drew some smut! 😳 It’s not really explicit, but it’s still NSFW. It is also SPOILER-ific (mostly for Books 1-4, but it does spoil one funny moment in this book).

Dorian & Noah Bath

P.S. If you want to see actual, far better art of the characters (i.e. art that was not done by me), check out the author’s social media or website!

 
 
Book Blurb

The inevitable has arrived. Civilizations across the globe have begun to collapse under the insurmountable pressure exerted by the invasions from Hell, and there is no going back. All attempts to staunch the hemorrhaging of mortal lives have produced anemic results at best. As populations and resources are depleted in a steady downward spiral, the skeletal remains of governments worldwide close their borders and abandon international aid treaties in favor of riding out the storm alone in their own dark corners.

While humanity trembles and death tolls soar, the gods and their supernatural allies continue fighting to stymie the ever-advancing Infernal hordes. Each divinity has staked their claim in certain locations to foster relations with the survivors there, be it a modest abbey or multinational empire. Dorian, the Ascended One, and his Alabaster Order have fought without pause for months to tip the delicate balance of peace and chaos ever so slightly in their favor, but it is Dorian’s champion, Nathaniel, who has made the greatest impact on both sides. Known throughout the world as a bringer of hope to the innocent and a foe to demons rivaling the gods themselves, Nathaniel has thrived under his master’s tutelage.

But as the already frenetic pace of demonic invasions accelerates further, no amount of hope or divine might will prepare Earth’s forces for what is about to blow the doors off on its way to total domination.

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  1. verushka

    Your comic is <3 Just everything about this review was just infectious and drew me in — I love it when reviewers just can't contain their glee about their book and it just leaps out at you when you read their reviews.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Sometimes “GOOD BOOK IS GOOD” is just the best way to express your feelings, haha. And I feel like art is usually a sign of a great book too! Thanks! XD

  2. Greg

    Okay I am loving the stick figure comic! Even if I don’t entirely know what’s going on lol. And smut too?!? You are definitely going above and beyond with these reviews haha. Seriously though the character relationships sound pretty well done! Glad this series keeps humming along.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Haha yeah it’s hard to understand without having read the books, but thanks! It was a lot of fun to draw lol. The smut too :-P Just this review cuz these are such great characters!

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    Gah! I see book #5…NUMBER FIVE!! And I get a bit anxious and maybe a little down. I really, really have to read this series, Kristen. I know it’s going to be good. I know I’m going to love it because of how much you love it. I *must* meet Dorian and the gang! Sigh. I think I’ll put it on the docket for when I return from Europe in April. :) I’m so happy you continue to adore this series. And, um, any chance you’ll share your new family once I’ve met them?!? ;)

    1. Kristen Burns

      I know, it’s daunting when there are already so many books out in a series! I feel like this is maybe not your usual kind of read? But it *is* a great series with some seriously lovable characters! For you, I will totally share my family :-P

  4. Daniela Ark

    aw I love love love you fan art. I swear to god you find the best titled series! :)
    Sounds like the series got plotted very well with the individual and overarching plot. Love that! I think it’s so hard!

  5. Olivia-Savannah Roach

    “GOOD BOOK IS GOOD,” – How to write a book review in four words :D I love it.

    I am so so glad you were able to really love this book though. That’s such a high rating from you and goes to how this series has really captivated you from beginning to end. Dorian sounds like an amazing character. I like that all the books are quite individual to each other but you can also see how they all relate and how the bigger picture has clearly been kept in mind too!

  6. Lola

    I bought the first book in this series a while ago, but still have to get around to reading it. Every time I see you post about this series I get more curious as you seem to love it so much. i hope I’ll enjoy it too when I get around to reading it.

    I like the sound of how even tough the scope is more epic it still stays pretty narrow. The characters all sound very likable and the supernatural stuff sounds great too.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I hope you enjoy it too!

      Yeah I don’t like it when the scope gets too big and drifts away from the characters, so I’m glad this one still has such good and close characterization. And the characters are so lovable!