Igni Ferroque, Tennebrose Book 2 by Ashlyn Drewek

A Prince of Hell meets his match in a devout necromancer. Igni Ferroque, Ashlyn Drewek's second entry into the Tennebrose series is a whirlwind of adventure, strong characters, ultimate betrayals and a possessive love that will last an eternity.

From the blurb:

This isn’t a tale of redemption — it’s all about the fall.

An outcast amongst outcasts, Phelan Oliver nevertheless takes his duties as a Necromancer with the utmost seriousness. As one of the few in his family devoted to the “old ways,” Phelan has fully embraced the piety and severe discipline required to master demonic magic. But none of that prepares him for the day he comes face-to-face with a demon he didn’t summon—one who embodies everything he has been taught to hate, and whose wickedness sparks sinful feelings Phelan can’t ignore no matter how much he tries.

As a prince of Hell, Remiel is used to getting his way. Kidnapping and torturing his sworn enemy for information should have been easy, but Phelan Oliver was not an ordinary Necromancer. On the surface, the university librarian appears quiet and devout, but beneath his unassuming facade there is a latent darkness Remiel can’t wait to unleash. In exchange for his soul’s freedom, Phelan strikes a desperate bargain to help Remiel defeat his nemesis once and for all. But it turns out demons aren’t the only ones with secrets and learning Phelan’s might end up costing them both more than they’d ever imagined.

IGNI FERROQUE is a dark MM paranormal romance about a pious Necromancer and an incorrigible demon and what happens when their paths intersect. While this book can be read as a standalone, readers are encouraged to start with Malum Discordiae in order to get a broader understanding of the Winslow witches and their world.

This book contains themes intended for a mature audience and reader discretion is advised. A full list can be found on my website: www.ashlyndrewek.com/tropes-triggers.

SNik's Review:

Second in series (Tennebrose), can be read as a standalone but might be more enjoyable if read in order. Paranormal. Enemies to lovers. Heed content warnings. Dual POV. 

Necromancer Phelan is mainly a researcher and his use to the dark families is his often dismissed ability to create summoning circles for demons, he doesn’t agree that they should be killing those he summons but he does his part. 

When Remiel, a Prince of Hell, investigates why he is losing his soldiers he finds Phelan and immediately is obsessed with the idea of torture and interrogation of the necromancer as Remiel is sure Phelan is working with his longtime demonic enemy. 

There is no doubt Remiel is a fallen angel, he has no interest in morality and goodness, he revels in his evil freedom and he becomes quite possessive of Phelan sensing hidden depths underneath Phelan’s desperate religiosity. 

I really appreciated that Phelan was no pushover, he held his ground against Remiel, their interactions are often violent and witty, and Phelan’s intelligence matched Remiel’s experience and knowledge.

Phelan and Remiel’s connection is not a flowery romance, but more an attraction and possessiveness that allows both to be their true selves and have someone accept and even encourage their darker nature. 

Filled with steam, action, betrayal, lust, and sacrifice this was such an entertaining story. 

Well written and engaging, it was easy to pick Phelan and Remiel’s side against the world and to hell with everyone else.

Rating: 5 Stars

Igni Ferroque is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, hardback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.