Dante's End (The Jailor #1) by Ariana Nash

Ariana Nash gives us new morally gray characters to fall in love with in Dante's End.

From the blurb:

Monsters are made, not born...

Most called him the Jailor. Some called him a monster. If he had a name, nobody had survived meeting him long enough to tell it. They said he sat atop a mound of skulls and marked each death on his throne, like notches on a bedpost. Some tales told of how he had wings as dark as night, and of how he wore a crown of razor wire woven around four horns.

Dante had heard all the stories before.

The only tale he cared for was the one that said the jailor could bleed. If the jailor could bleed, then he could die, and Dante was going to be the one to finally kill him.

This is the story of how all those tales were wrong. And so was Dante.

Jacquie's Review:

I'm not going to lie, I've been desperate for Dante's End since we first started to get snippets in the author's readers' group. Then we were shown the cover, and it was done. I'd fallen in love with a monster.

Havok is a monster, he does despicable things, yet he's a product of how he was made, and Dante is partly to blame for that. I love how Nash makes these complex characters that you love, yet know they are so, so bad. Havok is exactly that. Lies drip from him. It's impossible to know what he will do next, but he isn't all bad. He cares.

Dante, the human of the piece, was actually harder to warm up to for me. He'd made so many mistakes. Eventually, he won me over.

There's a whole lot to unpack from this novel and not a lot of it that I can say without spoilers. Dante's End finishes on a cliffhanger and a glimpse at an even wider world. Honestly, the scope of the plot is impressive.

I've already bought this book in paperback format, but I kinda want the hardback too.

Rating: 5 Stars 

Sheena's Review:

Gosh. Where do I start? I could not put this book down once I started it. It had everything and really hit all the right notes for me.

It had action, drama, suspense, angst, romance and all in just the right measure to keep me turning those pages, as I had to know how it was all going to come together. I have a real thing for broken people, and both Dante and Havok are broken in their own way. They both deserve the happy ending. They better both be getting 😂. There's a ways to go yet for them though, and damn, that cliffhanger was a good one.

I love fantasy stories, and this is mired in fairytale with all the magical elements you'd expect from that. Both Havok and Dante are very complex characters. Havok in particular has so many layers, we've only just started to peel them back and meet him. The tension between him and Dante is palpable. There's so much history there for them to get past, and I know they will.

This is only the start for these two, and I, for one, will be counting down the days until I get my hands on the next book.

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

Dante's End is the start of an exciting new series, The Jailor. Dark and twisted! And what a start it was, freakin fantastic, phenomenal! 

Havok is a creation, made. He can be evil and monstrous. Dante is the human in the story. I struggled to like Dante, but I’m hoping I will grow to love him. 

The world building is phenomenal and descriptive. There was sooo much drama and suspense, and angst. It does leave us on a cliffhanger. 

Overall, a phenomenal read, Well written with addictive pacing that sucked me into the story.

Rating: 5 Stars

Dante's End is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, hardback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.