Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #1.5
Release Date: November 19th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.
Suddenly top-tiered demons, they’re tasked with seeing through hell’s new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn’t as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they’re forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.
Entice is an e-novella that prequels Pen and Azael’s story in Ignite.
Entice is a companion novella to Erica Crouch’s series about Angels and Demons. Although I read this following Ignite, but before Incite, I think its true place in the series, is really as a prequel.
In Entice, Azael and Ren are asked to prove their loyalty to Lucifer by entering the sacred Garden of Eden and tempting Adam to sin. The story’s events are referred to at the beginning of Ignite, as well as Pen and Azael’s tenuous relationship with Gus, a diviner who works in Hell.
Erica Crouch uses Entice to show us more of Lucifer than we see in any other instalment of the series, The frozen wasteland of Hell is as hard and cold as his heart and the only reason he keeps Pen alive is because Azael is as power-hungry as the devil himself. Lucifer’s actions are driven by a need for vengeance, but Erica Crouch does not include his story as a chance for his redemption. He uses the love between Azael and Pen as a manipulation tool, in order to guarantee their compliance.
Entice explores Pen and Azael’s relationship in more depth, as well as the differences in their characters and their place in Hell. Azael is a focused servant of Lucifer, determined to compete for a respected position by his side.
Although Pen stays with her brother, she is unwilling to submit fully to Lucifer’s rule and shows her tenacious character, in arguing with him. Pen still has a strong relationship with words in this novella; she is always surrounded by books, or writing in her journal and there are even references made to classic authors, including Shakespeare
Entice makes a significant contribution to the Ignite series, particularly in revealing more about our key protagonists and the failure of this essential task, asked of them by Satan. I think this will be particularly enjoyed by readers who are already fans of Erica Crouch, but it could just as easily be a quick read for fans of the fantasy genre.