The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax (The Mephisto Covenant #1)
by Trinity Faegan
Hardcover, published September 27, 2011 by EgmontUSA
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger--she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx's biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant--God's promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he's finally found the girl he's been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
Pleasant, but with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. That's The Mephisto Covenant in a nut shell. I wasn't sure if I could handle the demon plot, but other than the subtle mythology flaws, it was a good read. Certain sections had me tense or tearing up a bit, but the real emotional thrill wasn't there. Faegan wove a couple of surprises in there but for the most part it was predictable.
One of the main life lessons Sasha and Jax go through is learning about human nature. I felt that the author portrayed the general population as pushovers. Not a comforting thought. Would people really be THAT gullible and desperate to give up everything for short term gain even with an eternity of hellish life due to that choice? Yes... sadly people do it EVERY day. Just not exactly like her mythology. I digress, apologies.
Unfortunately the villains in our story are bland and blasé. The only spark came toward the end of the book where I sat back with dismay. Otherwise I could tell you to take a walk outside, hang in the office or school and you'd meet the same people.
Jax was the main draw for me and NO it was not because he was the hero. His character developed and I appreciated hearing his feelings. His brothers were the dim light at the end of the humor and wit tunnel. I hope she pushes that line in the next book. Those guys could make this series go straight to heaven. As it is, she may be leading us to the Ninth Level of Hell.
On to the next book, The Mephisto Kiss which is in bookstores now. Let's hope we see more clever wit, or I might end up dying a slow death reading it.