The Shadow of Elysium (The Shadow Campaigns #2.5) by Django Wexler
The wagons travel north across the mountains, carrying cargo of great value: Hamveltai glass and porcelain; Deslandai jewelry in heavy iron strongboxes; fine cloth from the cities of the Old Coast. And Abraham.
Bound and tied, guarded day and night, Abraham has been stolen from his village, from the arms of the man he loved. He is being sent to the fortress-city of Elysium to serve a dark and ancient order, the Priests of the Black. They have discovered the secret he kept all his life: that inside him dwells a demon which allows him to heal…and to kill.
But Abraham is not alone. A young woman named Alex, similarly possessed, rides with him. And as a bond grows between them, they begin to wonder if they can turn the demons that have damned them into their salvation.
This was such a good introduction to this world for me. I liked meeting Abraham and seeing his past. It made me want to continue following the story to learn more about what he plans to do and how he plans to do it. I think he was such an interesting character and I love that his love for Peter is what is motivating him to escape.
I understand Peter's motivation for bringing his and Abraham's downfall, but I still would have liked for him to have been stronger.
I definitely want to learn more about demons and how they work, especially Alex's demon. I would like to know more about how the demon chooses a host and what happens to the host when they use the demon's powers. Hopefully that is explained in the actual series.
Overall: 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this. It was a nice taste of the world, so I think I'll be picking up the rest of the series!