The Antithesis: Decus Alpha

DecusAlpha

Summary:

Qaira Eltruan leads the fearsome Sanctum Enforcers, a specialized military sect designed to eradicate angel terrorists. Oldest son of the Nehelian Regent, he has large shoes to fill. But Qaira's father and his people don't know the sordid deeds it takes to keep the angels from invading.

He has blood on his hands; so much that it has stained his skin forever.

As the Regent slips into early-onset dementia, Qaira is forced to take the throne. He's never been a leader, always a soldier, and the war against the angels is getting fiercer every year. The enemy is taking apart their city, piece by piece, all the while his people rot from perpetual-war poverty and malay addiction.

The Regent's appointed council contracts an otherworldly Scholar to oversee and advise Qaira's rise to power. If Qaira can find a way to put up with her opinionated, stubborn attitude, this Scholar has knowledge,secrets, that can serve to sway the battle in their favor. But Scholar Leid Koseling has secrets of her own...

Secrets that may kill them all.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Please note, some mild spoilers are included.

After reading the first book in the series “The Antithesis: Renovatio”, I HAD to read the other books in the series.  Whiteman continues to create vivid and engaging world that I couldn’t get enough of.  In this sequel, we actually go back in time and learn how Qaira/Alexair and Leid meet.  We also see some of the other characters from the first novel such as Lucifer and Yahweh.  My educated guess is that the next book will be the end of the ‘flashback’ of Alexair getting his memories back.  I can’t wait to read the next book and find out how it all ends!

As a caution, the book ends in another cliffhanger once again so I was quite irritated to finish the book without the next ones in the series.  I’d recommend picking them all up at once to avoid that frustration!

Warning: Repeated explicit violence

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Science fiction fans, but I’d highly recommend the starting with the first in the series.

Want to read the whole series?

Want more?  See my interview with the author here!