Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.
Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.
Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.
Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
“I realized the torturer had a weakness after all–a need for someone to see the him trapped underneath the monster on the outside. And yearning to be touched.”
“We are different. Me weak and you strong. Me a Georgian and you Russian, but our broken hearts are tired and old. Our spirits are low, though not broken. But our souls, though thoroughly tested and hardened through pain, are resilient.”
Just when I think that Tillie Cole could not possibly blow me away more, she has to go and prove me wrong. The Scarred Souls Series is probably my favorite series by this author, so going in to Ravage, I had the bar set high. And I have to tell you, Tillie Cole took my expectations and totally blew them out of the water.
Ravage is fast paced, intense and is told from multiple points of view. This book will captivate you from the very first page and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ravage is not an easy story. It will shock and surprise you. It will break your heart and leave you clenching your jaw as you are reading the pages. This is a story of surviving the absolute worst situations and finding light in a sea of darkness. This story is not easy, but the journey and outcome are so worth the ride your emotions will take.
Ravage is an intense, but truly amazing read. I loved every dark and intense moment. My emotions were all over the place and taken on the most crazy ride. The characters are complex and damaged. The writing and world that this author has created is so easy to get lost in and consumed by. I think Ravage is a fantastic addition to The Scarred Souls Series and I can not wait to see what Tillie Cole has in store for us next.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*