Meanwhile, Stephanie has been left to figure out her role within the Immortal community. Tasked by her mate – Fate – to stop the Immortals from imploding, lest demons take down the human world, she struggles to find a way to bring her family and the Immortals together, or at least, to keep them from falling apart. Wynn soon gives her a greater task: she’s going to head the Council and lead the Immortals. He’s ready to execute the plan he’s been nursing for thousands of years, no matter what damage he does in the process.
With no mate to guide her, and few allies to call upon, Stephanie chooses to make a deal with the Dark One in order to stop Wynn and save her people.
It’s all or nothing. Rather, all or Hell.
Gabriel – Death – is winning the ground war against demons in the mortal realm. But a rebellion is brewing among his army of grim reapers in the underworld he still can’t access. Worse, just when he thinks he knows where his heart belongs, he discovers there are two Deidres: the human he started to fall in love with and the deity whose love-hate relationship with him spanned hundreds of thousands of years. What he doesn’t know: the two Deidres made a deal that will send one of their souls to the underworld by the end of the week.Deity-Deidre expects nothing but smooth sailing in her future. Until the Dark One strips her powers on her way out of Hell, leaving her a vulnerable human, reeling under the influence of human emotions, which deities do not possess. The deal she made with human-Deidre suddenly seems impossible to win. For the first time in her existence, she understands what Gabriel felt at her mercy for the eons they were together. She doesn’t know how to win the trust of the man she’s always loved – or even if she can.
Three weeks after leaving Rhyn, Katie learns the Immortals have no intention of letting her go despite her deal with their leader. Rhyn discovers he can only protect her if he accepts his place among the Immortals. However, doing so may cost him the only thing that matters. Meanwhile, demons are closing in, and Death orders Katie killed. Death's assassin and the demons pursue them, and Katie will have to choose between Death or Hell to save Rhyn from both.
Stuck in Hell, human-Deidre struggles to hold onto her hope that she can change the course of events that landed her as the mate of Darkyn, the Dark One. The chances of her leaving Hell plummet when the Dark One takes a drastic step to ensure he never loses his latest possession and blood binds her in an ancient rite from the time-before-time. In doing so, he is forced to share his power with her. Rather than despair, she begins to see that she has unexpectedly found her place in the world: protecting innocent souls from the bloodlust of the demon she's forever bound to.Rather than accept her place at his side docilely, she begins to use her newfound influence to help those she cares about, including Gabriel, the former lover she's not yet ready to let go of, even knowing she'll never leave Hell.
Chace’s magic has not yet resurfaced, and he suspects it’s because he’s meant to earn back all he callously traded away – including Skylar’s love. Before their tenuous relationship can grow, he must learn what it means to put the life of another ahead of his own. But he must learn quickly or he risks losing Skylar and those she’s destined to protect.
Stephanie doesn’t think twice about the handsome, enigmatic man she crosses paths with at a book festival in the swanky coastal town of Carmel. She definitely isn’t happy about having to rescue him from a freakish looking gang of men. She outright flees when the man with the beautiful eyes claims he stole her soul – and the demons are coming for them both.
Soon, demons are the least of their worries. Without Fate to keep them in check, the Dark One and the Council That Was Seven are poised to tear the world apart. Stephanie becomes stuck in the middle of the brewing war, while Fate, for the first time in his life, is forced to watch from the sidelines. Love takes a backseat to dangerous politics, and the two strangers are forced to trust one another in order to stop what’s coming.