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Helfyre by Mariel Pomeroy

Disclaimer -Helfyre is an Adult Fantasy book. Please make sure to be mindful of your triggers.

Triggers include graphic violence, general dark themes, swearing, and sex scenes– some of which include dubious consent– and should in no way be misconstrued as a depiction of a healthy relationship.

Summary | Two immortal creatures. One dangerous bargain.

After the death of her mother, Aheia finds herself stained by more blood than she can hide in the perpetual daylight of her home of Keloseros. She escapes the realm but pays the price: giving up her immortality and her powers–once a Mithra with light at her fingertips, she becomes near-mortal. Her desperate search for asylum leads her to the doorstep of the only place out of her abusive family’s reach—a realm that deals in death and darkness unapologetically—Aljira.

But nothing in this world is free, and to buy her way to dubious safety, she’s forced to give up the only thing she has left to barter.

Her soul in exchange for seven days in the devil’s realm.

Wow, there was a lot to unpack in the first part of this story. Tons of world building and info on the different demons, gods, and shapeshifters. Not gonna lie, I sometimes struggle with intense world building and info dumping and it usually takes me forever to get through those parts of a story. (I’m looking at you Crescent City). 

But I couldn’t put this book down and the world the author created is incredible. I enjoyed the writing style and although there were moments where the detailed descriptions outweighed the overall plot, I appreciated how easy it was to get wrapped up in the world, and I now have a soft spot for several of the characters and can’t wait to learn more about them.

Our FMC is Aheia, a fiery young goddess who isn’t afraid to do what has to be done, but can also show her vulnerability. Arioch is the perfect morally grey main character, he was definitely more darkness than light, which I live for, but he has a fierce loyalty to his friends, his people, and Aheia. 

The world was complex, the spice was 🔥, and I loved the underlying story about mental health.

Fave quotes

“Life is too long for shame, Ruhí. You are what you are, and you like what you like.”

“Lions aren’t afraid of wolves,”

“The blood of the covenant you chose over the water of the womb you were born from.”

“We’re all broken, Aheia. It’s what gives us strength. Only the broken can grow.”

If you’re looking for
✔️An immersive, magical world
✔️A steamy enemies to lovers vibe (with some serious shadow play)
✔️A dark, blood drinking, morally grey male
✔️A female main character who is equally badass and vulnerable 

Then I highly recommend giving Helfyre a read, but please make sure you check your triggers first!

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ /5

Read 10/24/2022 – 11/2/2022

Update 1/17/2023

Helfyre has a brand new alternative cover! Check out this beauty

Helfyre’s New Alternative Cover

Both the original cover and the new alternative cover are available on Amazon now!

Let’s chat!

Have you read Helfyre yet? If so, what did you think?? Also, which cover are you feeling? I loved the first one, but the second one is gorgeous with the vibrant colors! Let me know in the comments below, and we’ll chat soon!