Iniquity (Ascent, #1) By Melody Winter [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  October 25, 2016
AUTHOR: Melody Winter
GENRE:    New-Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Paranormal, Romance, Demons.
SUMMARY: Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?

She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.

But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.

As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.

Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.



It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book about demons and being a fan of paranormal romance, I don’t want to miss out on this book. It’s eye-catching cover was the first thing that caught my eye and after reading it’s premise, I was very much intrigued. This book was actually a beautiful mix of fantasy, dystopia and paranormal romance. The story was very  unique and pretty much entertaining. It was very creative with right amount of fantasy, suspense and romance to engage the readers through out the book. I’m looking forward to read more books from Melody Winter.

The story was set in the year 2056 where the world is ruled by the demons who has ascended the human’s world thirteen years ago. They not only control the humans but also the weather. Since the invasion, the world has been plunged in darkness and they hadn’t seen the brightness of the sun. Athena Harrow lives in a small forest village in England where it’s people blindly follows the rituals forced upon them by the demons. Every year, the demons conduct an ascension ceremony where every girl who turned twenty one are chosen to either serve the master demon or stay in the village to procreate. It’s Athena’s 21st birthday and now it’s her time for attending the ascension ceremony but when the village demon Paymon comes up with a different proposition and a new role, she reluctantly accepts it. while she was adapting to her new life, tragedy struck her and things take a surprising turn when a young demon named Erebus arrives who is more powerful than paymon and challenges everything she believes about the demons. Athena wants to end the reign of darkness and bring back the light they had lost but Erebus is her only source of information and she must play a dangerous game with him to get what she wants.

Athena is a relatable and pretty likable character. She is head-strong, tough, courageous and quite rebellious.  While every one in her village has already lost the hope of ever seeing the sun, she dreams of bringing back the light and ending the reign of darkness. Paymon is a mysterious character that really creeped  me out at first but later when I finally get to know him better, he started to grew on me. Erebus is introduced as a rude and arrogant demon who isn’t fond of humans and vampires yeah “vampires” there are some vampires in this book which I forgot to mention before. He acted like a jerk in the beginning but later on I’ve come to like him. I loved the slow burn romance. The relationship between Athena and Erebus has started with hate but as they slowly come to know each other better, their hate slowly turns to love. They really have a great chemistry between them and I absolutely enjoyed it. 

The plot was very interesting and engaging. It started a bit slow for me but as the story progressed, I got totally hooked. The story was totally unpredictable and the surprising twists in the plot made it more interesting to read. The pacing is okay and I also liked the writing style which was captivating. I quite enjoyed reading the whole story from Athena’s POV. As for the world building, it was amazing but it isn’t enough for me and I want more. Though it was set in a dystopian world with a few scientific elements in it, I honestly felt I was in a fantasy world where demons, vampires and witch craft exists. So, I really can’t wait to explore more of this world.

Overall, it was enjoyable read and I’ll definitely look forward to the sequel. The book finally concluded with a torturous cliffhanger and now I’m dying to know what happens next but I can’t do anything but wait.

Recommend it?
Hell Yes!!!

Highly recommend it to all the readers who loves paranormal romance.

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars14-stars1[4/5 Stars] 

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3 thoughts on “Iniquity (Ascent, #1) By Melody Winter [Review]

  1. Summer @ Xingsings December 25, 2016 / 5:40 am

    Haha, as you know I’m also a huge fan of YA paranormal/fantasy so I feel like I should add this to my TBR after reading your review. XD Plus, it’s been forever since I’ve read any books that has any type of vampires. And the last time I picked up a book that had demons was TMI/TID.

    Anyway, hope you have a good Christmas. 🙂

    Happy holidays,
    Summer at Xingsings

    Liked by 1 person

    • ravenblake99 December 28, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! Happy holidays to you too! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

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