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review 2014-12-10 02:44
Between The Heaves Of Storm
Between the Heaves of Storm - V.J. Chambers

Kieran wanted to eradicate Azazel's destructive magic but accidentally stole her powers and memories instead. Azazel doesn't remember who she is but she can feel Jason's power calling out to her. Jason has established a compound and is brainwashing his followers to feel nothing but happiness and tranquility. Reunited with Azazel once again he is determined to keep her close even if it means influencing her mind. This is the fifth book in the Jason and Azazel series and the second book in the Jason and Azazel: Apocalypse trilogy.

Between The Heaves Of Storm is a post-apocalyptic story with paranormal elements. This story takes place about a year after the last book ended. It's a light read with lots of drama and violence.

Joan is the name Azazel has chosen for herself after not being able to recall anything about her former life. Joan's narrative is devoid of Azazel's established personality and is kind of a throwback to her naive romantic obsession from the first book. Her chapters give a better sense of who Jason has become while he reanalyzes their relationship in depth. Jason gets a lot more character development and has some personal breakthroughs that were a long time coming.

I usually get bored with stories that incorporate amnesia but this one keeps it interesting by adding a twist and an additional narrative viewpoint. Kieran is frustrated with having all of Azazel's memories and he's trying to find her so he can return them but he isn't sure if he should also return her powers. His chapters offer a different perspective on Azazel's magic, her personality, and her relationships with Jason and Kieran.

World building was good. Jason's compound has its own culture, values and customs that were interesting to read. It was kind of reminiscent of Jonestown but Jason's magical abilities and his struggle to maintain order gives it a different type of darkness. Kieran's viewpoint shows more of the post-apocalyptic world and society while also demonstrating how powerful magic has become throughout the world.

The ending presents an ironic twist and I'm curious to see its repercussions.

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review 2014-12-08 19:32
The Stillness In The Air
The Stillness in the Air - V.J. Chambers

The Eastern half of the United States has been plunged into darkness. Resources are dwindling and magic has awakened throughout the world. Jason and Azazel have broken up and are now in direct opposition amongst the civil unrest. She never wanted to see Jason again after everything that happened but his wayward band of allies are blocking the passage westward. This is the fourth book in the Jason and Azazel series and the first book within the Jason and Azazel: Apocalypse trilogy.


The Stillness In The Air is a post-apocalyptic story with paranormal elements. It takes place a few years after where the previous book ended. It mainly focuses on the present timeline with small recollections from the gap in time sprinkled in.


Azazel is guilty and nervous about using her powers while remaining adamant about staying away from Jason. It's a drastic change from the previous book and the story isn't initially forthcoming about the reasons for her changed mindset. It felt odd not knowing the character's motivation as a result it was difficult for me to remain fully engaged in the story. Once key elements from the past were addressed I was able to gradually get into the story. 


Overall, it's a dramatic and frustrating read. Jason and Azazel haven't seen each other in long time but still share a dark attraction to each other. They've both grown in maturity and strength as well as influence. Being reunited forces them see how much they've changed and confront the new lives they've chosen. 


I liked how the story became darker as the story progressed. The magic system was fleshed out more and the world building was altered significantly to showcase the post-apocalyptic setting. There was a surplus of drama, mystery, violence, and action scenes. It was interesting to see how Azazel's perceptions changed throughout the story. I enjoyed reading the ending and I'm eager to see what this story leads to.

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