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There is a greater threat than the virus.
Locked safely away in Shepherd’s nest, Claire is unaware of what stirs above ground. Her time is occupied fighting a war of another kind. Due to her mate’s relentless exploitation of their pair-bond, the nature of their link has grown consuming to the point that Claire has difficulty differentiating where her feelings begin and his end.
Under its influence, she’s forced to sense the man behind the monster. She can feel the truth of his terrible history. Claire can see the source of madness that drives Shepherd to do such terrible things: Svana.
His mate is desperate to open his eyes, but no matter Claire’s progress, Svana is not yet done with him.
Thólos is coming apart at the seams, and Shepherd’s men can do nothing to stop it. Real war is coming, and unless the Alpha tyrant is willing to pay the ultimate price, everything he has sacrificed will have been for nothing.
Conflicted. That is the only word I can think to type as I sit down and write this review. If you’ve followed my reviews on this three part series you’ll know that I’ve been conflicted from the start. Unable to find a happy moment in this dark and twisted reality that the author has created. The stark brutality of the world and events in this book, I found particularly disturbing. Enough so that I physically had to put the book down in the last 25% which I almost never have to do. I found myself unable to continue and the wetness on my cheeks was a strange sensation, given how I felt about the “hero” of the story for the majority of this journey.
Shepherd finds himself desperate in this last book. More desperate than before as the timeline for their departure seems to be moving up at a rapid pace. Claire has become somewhat amicable to their mate-bond which calms Shepherd to a degree. Even if the reason she is behaving that way is because he has agreed to spare her friends. What he doesn’t explain to her is that even if he and his followers don’t harm them, they are sure to perish in the upcoming termination of their Dome.
What I found in this last book I wouldn’t quite call redemption. Perhaps resignation is a better word. I found that even if I despised what Shepard was doing and the way in which he was doing it, I was resigned to it. I could understand it. Growing up as he did, his fundamental years having forged a bitter man intent on destroying the city he held responsible, this being the only way he knew how. Claire is his one shot of something beautiful and light. While the things he subjected her to were not in any way right, I can understand his need to see her to safety and therefore I can resign myself to his method in doing so.
I am not sure if the ending of this book is designed to make the reader feel a bit better about the fates of these two main characters or if it’s to once again give false hope where there is none. As an optimist I want to believe in the former, as a realist I’m inclined to believe the author simply wanted to twist the knife in my chest one last time and not give me any concrete closure whatsoever. Do not go into this book wanting a romance. You will not find it here. The Alpha’s Claim series is a dark, twisted, bitter account of humanity at its worst. It’s graphic, it’s brutality startling and unforgiving. I was not prepared to feel the emotions it twisted out of me.
I know I am being vague, I am purposefully doing it, because not doing so will send me on a tangent I don’t have it in me to write this soon after finishing the book… While I found Reborn incredibly hard to read and process, I can’t deny Addison Cain’s ability to write a book that was both engrossing and demanding of my complete attention. That is the reason for my rating.
I give Reborn by Addison Cain 5 stars