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Originally posted at Smexy Books Quote Please The devil wished he had half my style and a fourth of my schemes Cal and Nikos Leandros are back and this time they face their greatest enemy themselves Cal s monstrous heritage is slowly gaining a foothold, trying to obliterate Cal s humanity On top of that, Cal is being pursued by a murderous doppelganger, a psychotic ex, and a band of covert warriors who feel it s time for Cal to be put to re Originally posted at Smexy Books Quote Please The devil wished he had half my style and a fourth of my schemes Cal and Nikos Leandros are back and this time they face their greatest enemy themselves Cal s monstrous heritage is slowly gaining a foothold, trying to obliterate Cal s humanity On top of that, Cal is being pursued by a murderous doppelganger, a psychotic ex, and a band of covert warriors who feel it s time for Cal to be put to rest permanently As the clock ticks down, sending Cal and Niko s closer to their deaths, it may be Cal s murderous other half that saves them in the end.Rob Thurman brings her A game to the table in her ninth installment of her Cal Leandros series Secrets are revealed and we learn once and for all exactly why Robin Goodfellow has been such a primary figure in the Leandros brothers lives The story is a bitchatty than normal but the storyline is possibly one of her best Presented in duel POVs, you get an in depth look at Cal and Niko s past through the eyes of an immortal And their past is far longer andconvoluted than anyone ever imagined Thurman s continued use of mythology and religion, twisting and manipulating to her whims, further expands and evolves her world, keeping the series fresh and inventive.I am a huge fan of this series Similar to the WB show, Supernatural, the premise is built upon two brothers whose love and loyalty to one another defines their very existence Heavy on sibling love and the concept that not all family is tied by blood Each episode in self contained with a long running arc Well plotted and cast with characters with dynamic personalities, this series is filled with suspense, betrayal, sarcasm, humor, and some very dangerous antagonists A fascinating series that continues to captivate and enchant Thurman does a fabulous job of exploring and evolving the relationship between brothers Cal and Nikos as they fight to protect each other and the clueless humans in the city.Downfall opens with Cal noticing that he is beginning to manifest some physical traits of his auphe heritage He fears that thehe starts to look like the auphe, thehe will start to act like one Cal also has a influx of enemies gunning for him He is been targeted for death by the Vigil, an organization that works to keep humans unaware of the supernaturals around them Though he has always been on their radar, his actions in Slashback book 8 placed him on their hit list Cal s ex girlfriend, Delilah, is now head Alpha of the Kin and has decided to clean house beginning with Cal Grimm is also back and is going to make Cal play the game of world domination with him regardless if Cal want to play or not.Similar to Slashback, Thurman tells this story in the present and past but this time uses Robin Goodfellow s memory to fill in most of the remaining blanks that have existed throughout the series Robin has been a large part of the series but purposely hid his importance from us In here we learn the full extent of his loyalty to Cal and Nikos and his intensive and sometimes intrusive manipulations behind the scenes Reincarnation is the theme and Thurman works it into the ongoing storyline beautifully We are gifted with a dual narration Cal and Robin as they each remember the past It gives the story a sense of intimacy and depth to hear Robin bear his innermost feelings and actions concerning Cal and Nikos We feel his pain, sadness, and weariness as we learn he has spent centuries trying to keep Cal and Nikos alive while they charged fearlessly into danger with each new life It has become an endless cycle that Robin is determined to break.The conflict is an explosion of violence, sacrifice, and brings about a shocking conclusion that wraps up a open storyline but leaves us with some interesting clues towards the future of Cal and his family Robin definitely rules this installment and shows everyone that he is indeed the ultimate trickster This series continues to walk on the dark side of urban fantasy as it repeatedly shows us that monsters do exist in the world and sometimes the difference between them and us is nothingthan a degree of separation Even with each book having a resolvable conflict, I don t view them as stand alones The arc is long standing and convoluted as is the evolution of the main characters I recommend starting from the beginning with Nightlife.Overall Rating A I m so torn on how to review this one First let me say that the series is awesome, overall It is by far one of the best fantasy series I ve ever read, and I have read a LOT Downfall does a lot of good things, it ties up some plot threads from previous books, we get POV from Robin, we get some backstory Unfortunately it feels like the writing lags, especially compared to the first several books in the series No matter who s POV we re getting, they are always pausing mid fight crisis to rumin I m so torn on how to review this one First let me say that the series is awesome, overall It is by far one of the best fantasy series I ve ever read, and I have read a LOT Downfall does a lot of good things, it ties up some plot threads from previous books, we get POV from Robin, we get some backstory Unfortunately it feels like the writing lags, especially compared to the first several books in the series No matter who s POV we re getting, they are always pausing mid fight crisis to ruminate There is a lot of exposition on the past, on their relationships, and on personal identities, which would be fine, were it not so often, repetitive, and poorly placed So much feels like filler Where previous installments grabbed on and refused to let go, this one meanders along, frequently going back over the same spots in the path over and over again, which is sad, given the break neck pacing and tension of the other books Final thoughts read the series, keep the author and her dogs in ramen and kibble, be forgiving with no 9 I ve told you before you could speak, Cal, I will always be with you and I ll never give up on you If that means dragging you back from the brink, then I will If it means going with you over that brink, that I will do as well Whether I m afraid that most of you might already be gone doesn t matter I ll be on your heels bringing what s left of you with me And honestly that would have been a much better ending to this series anyway I mean, I know not everyone is like me and most people probI ve told you before you could speak, Cal, I will always be with you and I ll never give up on you If that means dragging you back from the brink, then I will If it means going with you over that brink, that I will do as well Whether I m afraid that most of you might already be gone doesn t matter I ll be on your heels bringing what s left of you with me And honestly that would have been a much better ending to this series anyway I mean, I know not everyone is like me and most people probably didn t want this series to go all darkest timeline but it would have made a lot of sense And yes I am counting this as the end of the series, because there are about three whole scenes in the next book that have any entertainment value whatsoever and two of them are flashbacks Anyway, there are parts to this book I like I like Cal slowly becomingAuphe I know I sound like a broken record on this topic but Auphe Cal is just my favorite thing ever and the scene towards the end where Niko falls asleep with his head in Cal s lap is possibly one of my favorite scenes in the whole series, but there s also a lot in this book that getsandannoying thetimes I read it.I always said that Robin should have a POV and that Rob should do a past lives book, but be careful what you wish for I guess because it turns out that it s reallyannoying than anything I don t necessarily MIND the whole reincarnation thing but like I said before, I was good when the series was basically just about Cal and Niko and then Robin and Promise were there but kind of on the sidelines When you take Robin and add himheavily into the Cal and Niko bond it 1 just gets forced and awkward and 2 completely pushes the only female character in their group out of the picture, which is not great Also it seems like half this book is flashback and there is little to no action until the very end which is pretty annoying to me in an action heavy series like this About half this book is from Robin s POV and he spends most of it talking shit and dropping vague I m planning something but you don t get to know about it hints An unreliable narrator is one thing, but this is pretty ridiculous Also it just gets kind of exhausting when she decides that Cal and Niko were EVERY famous pair of two dudes throughout history Like I get some of them but there is no absolute way that every person who ever did anything ever is actually Cal and Niko I get that this series requires a good amount of suspension of disbelief to start with, but this book crosses the line in several ways for me Also maybe don t straight wash historical mythological figures just because they are reincarnated as brothers this time around When you pull the same Achilles and Patroclus were cousins thing that Troy the movie did then you pretty much lose a whole star from me for that alone Then the ending like I said, I can suspend a lot of disbelief here, but view spoiler gating into the SUN and surviving Absolutely not It s just way too feel good and everyone lives and Rafferty is back and has cool new powers out of nowhere and also Catcher is back in his regular body and Cal s genetics have once again been dialed back to human and I just have to mention this again but Promise is NOWHERE during all of this Ishiah gets to be there but I guess Promise is just lounging around her house waiting to hear if Niko died or not hide spoiler Yeah Okay Like I said, my ideal ending for this series was for them to either die or for Cal to go full Auphe and Niko goes darkside with him I get that the second was never going to actually happen, but I think that them dying and then an epilogue maybe of Robin watching their next incarnations from afar with Ishiah and maybe even Promise COUGH COUGH would have been good There s still plenty of great Cal snark in this book and MacLeod Andrews does a great job narrating as always, but between this book and The Next Book Of Which We Do Not Speak it s clear she was running out of ideas Originally a 4 star review This is the only series I enjoy The Leandros novels, to me, are the greatest novels ever written Who else writes about brothers against a supernatural world, without pulling their hair and teeth out over a female love interest Sure, we have the Supernatural novels, but the Leandros Bros are in a class all their own They re each other s soulmate not in a romantic sense of course , and together they make the impossible.My only complaint about Downfall Robin Whil Originally a 4 star review This is the only series I enjoy The Leandros novels, to me, are the greatest novels ever written Who else writes about brothers against a supernatural world, without pulling their hair and teeth out over a female love interest Sure, we have the Supernatural novels, but the Leandros Bros are in a class all their own They re each other s soulmate not in a romantic sense of course , and together they make the impossible.My only complaint about Downfall Robin While his POV was packed with incredible information from time to time, and finding out about his role in the brothers lives was moving, I would ve preferred it if Niko s POV had been featured instead Slashback and Doubletake were divine because of the beautiful focus on Cal and Niko s bond But Cal referring to Robin as brother in Book 9 reminded me of the book Moonshine, in which Cal and Georgina were center stage Cal and Niko s relationship had very little focus.Niko s been working his fingers raw looking after Cal Now, as of Book 9, Robin s on the same level as Niko But already looking forward to Cal 10 and Cal 11 Just hoping neither Book 10 or 11 will focus on Robin, Ishiah or who knows, maybe the Lady Thurman wants Promise to have her say.So yep, Slashback, Downfall, Blackout and Deathwish all superior to Downfall Not because of the lukewarm, anti climatic ending or the flashbacks, but because it was like omg Robin s a bro too I absolutely love this this series Nine books in and I think this one might be my favorite of all of them I wasn t quite sure what to make of the reincarnation thing until now Downfall totally sold me on it It became one of my favorite aspects of the story actually, on top of everything else that s going on with Cal, Niko, Goodfellow, and company I loved getting alternating chapters from Cal and Goodfellow s perspective that s what made me get on the bandwagon I also liked seeing consequ I absolutely love this this series Nine books in and I think this one might be my favorite of all of them I wasn t quite sure what to make of the reincarnation thing until now Downfall totally sold me on it It became one of my favorite aspects of the story actually, on top of everything else that s going on with Cal, Niko, Goodfellow, and company I loved getting alternating chapters from Cal and Goodfellow s perspective that s what made me get on the bandwagon I also liked seeing consequences of Cal s Auphe genes coming to the surfacethan they ever have before, which also begins to tie into the reincarnation aspect of the brothers Downfall has outdone itself in terms of writing Rob Thurman has got to have multiple personalities, because she can write some of the most bizarre personalities so perfectly you would think that she hires multiple other people write characters for her Now in Downfall, we get Robin s first person thoughts and personality, and it didn t feel inconsistent in any way Downfall s story was also spectacular, giving small hints throughout the entirety of the book, yet only telling you what the ending Downfall has outdone itself in terms of writing Rob Thurman has got to have multiple personalities, because she can write some of the most bizarre personalities so perfectly you would think that she hires multiple other people write characters for her Now in Downfall, we get Robin s first person thoughts and personality, and it didn t feel inconsistent in any way Downfall s story was also spectacular, giving small hints throughout the entirety of the book, yet only telling you what the ending battle was going to be in the last fifty or so pages, while also increasing the lore behind the world withmyths brought to light I got Downfall early, and I have not been able to put it down since the day I got it It s the best book in the series so far, and there s still so muchto be done, and it s going to have been a bitch and a half by the time it s over After finishing this book, I was really undecided about how to rate it I don t think Downfall was even close to the quality of the books that came before and I initially considered giving it two stars I decided on three stars because I think it corrected course in a major way.Thurman wrote herself into a corner with that Auphe genes dominate thing Where can you go when your hero is locked into becoming a villain You either finish a very popular series on a down note, or you find a way out After finishing this book, I was really undecided about how to rate it I don t think Downfall was even close to the quality of the books that came before and I initially considered giving it two stars I decided on three stars because I think it corrected course in a major way.Thurman wrote herself into a corner with that Auphe genes dominate thing Where can you go when your hero is locked into becoming a villain You either finish a very popular series on a down note, or you find a way out of it Unsurprisingly, the author decided on the latter The result is a story with no real plot, and a deux ex machine conclusion Normally, this would signal lazy writing Here, I think it was really the only way to undo the problem of Cal becoming an Auphe And, since most of Cal s thoughts as this point are how do I hold back my homicidal impulses, I understand why the author has Goodfellow narrating I love Robin, but he s much better in small doses Through him readers get a lot of information dumps about reincarnation, and the Puck s history, with some action thrown in Though some of it was fun and interesting, there is no mystery or underlying plotline so I found it easy to put the book downthan once Though heavily contrived, I was actually thrilled by the ending because it cleared the slate Overall, this was disappointing, but fans will want to know how things are resolved and what the status quo now is The series can move forward from a strong position, and that has left me excited for the next installment Recommended This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series around, and Rob Thurman finds a way to keep it fresh even though this is the 9th book, and you d think all of the secrets were revealed, all of the obstacles overcome But in this one, we get a unique view on the life and times of Cal and Niko Leandros courtesy of Robin Goodfellow, the puck who it turns out has been in their lives for longer than even they realized Another great chapter in a story that I can t get enough of. This was by far the worst book in the Cal and Niko series and now I am in search of other series to fill the void SPOILERS The reminiscing about past lives that suddenly become active memories was way too much I am on board with the brothers who support each other in their own quirks, but by adding in the past lives part it completely ruins the entire Robin story Now he has to be part of their lives and they have to like him, why can t they just have an anti hero who we always sort of This was by far the worst book in the Cal and Niko series and now I am in search of other series to fill the void SPOILERS The reminiscing about past lives that suddenly become active memories was way too much I am on board with the brothers who support each other in their own quirks, but by adding in the past lives part it completely ruins the entire Robin story Now he has to be part of their lives and they have to like him, why can t they just have an anti hero who we always sort of question his motives, but he always does something good for them, even if he helps himself along the way Completely ruined the character for me The big ending and battle was horrible It was rushed, was devoid of the detail it deserved and had little impact The grand solution was not so grand, nor was the bargain struck to resolve the situation which really didn t work, so was it really necessary in the story line at all Again, confusing and not consistent with the characters.Why incorporate Georgina at all in the story Did the editor cut something out where Rafferty was supposed to cure disable his reproductive abilities and they just decided to leave this part out Multiple instances of lazy writing, poorly edited, and contained misspellings I know my grammar is not perfect, but this is a professional and I expected `DOWNLOAD ✐ Downfall ✓ I let it go all of it Everything I d been saving up all my life, building and growing inside me, too much to hold in one half human body It pushed and fought to be free with a force that turned me into a bomb with a timer vibrating on zero I was freeBut so was everything I d fought so hard not to be Brothers Cal and Niko Leandros know trouble when they see it and then proceed to wipe the floor with it But now it seems their whole world is falling to pieces Cal s nightmarish monster side is growing ever stronger, changing Cal physically as well as mentally Which is exactly what Grimm Cal s savage doppelg nger wants And when a covert supernatural organization decides that it s time to put Cal down before he threatens pretty much everything else in existence, the brothers find themselves in a fight they actually might lose But the dark temptations Cal has denied all his life may prove to be exactly what can save themEven if he must fall forever