Title: The Mephisto Covenant: Ajax
Author: Trinity Faegen
Series: The Mephisto Covenant, #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date Published: September 27th, 2011
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
First off, this book was fantastic. I loved it. I’m actually confused by some of the bad reviews I’ve seen. The only thing I can think of is that the people who rated this lower were people who didn’t give the book a fair chance and stopped reading it early on, or people who are turned off by stories that have anything to do with God. I am not one of those people. I’m a Christian so I’m not turned off by books with God in them, however, I’m normally not a fan of Christian fiction. I just have not really found too many books in the genre that have held my interest for very long. But this was really good! Let’s be clear though, I wouldn’t categorize this as Christian fiction, it’s definitely paranormal Young Adult, but with a lot of religious influences.
The world Trinity Faegen has created in this book is entirely unique and fascinating to me. One really cool thing is that, although I normally classify most Young Adult paranormals as Urban Fantasy, to me this was definitely a full-fledged Paranormal Romance. If you’ve read my recent post on Paranormal Romance vs. Urban Fantasy, you’ll see how I personally view the difference. In this book, we have both Jax and Sasha’s POV back and forth, and I read on the author’s website that each book will be about a different one of Jax’s five brothers. I LOVE that. An actual full out Young Adult PNR series? That makes me so happy!
But anyways, on to the story. It’s kind of hard to explain the world here in a few short sentences. But basically Sasha is what’s known as an Anabo, which (without spoiling too much) is a human who is touched by God. She basically is without temptation and is entirely pure. She doesn’t realize she’s different and very unique, because she can’t see into other people’s heads to understand that she doesn’t feel emotions like rage and hate and jealousy like other people do. But because she’s Anabo, Jax, who is a Mephisto, is immediately drawn to her. I’m not going to explain what a Mephisto is because it would spoil too much, but he is basically the polar opposite of Sasha. I’m also not going to get into the why’s and the what’s I’m sure you’re asking right now, because discovering these little mysteries along the way was a big part of the fun while reading this. But trust me that it’s unique and, I think, very interesting.
What I loved most about this book though was the relationship between Jax and Sasha. Despite it being what I would call a “fated” romance, which can sometimes feel rushed and unnatural, their relationship was extremely well written and gradual. I felt them getting closer and more attached to each other slowly as the book progressed. So even though the book spanned a short period of time, their relationship felt very realistic. Jax was also just such a sweetheart. Even though he feels like he isn’t capable of love for most of the book, he certainly portrays a lot of love for Sasha throughout and it was really sweet to watch. Sasha I liked as well. She is a very patient and kind soul who you can’t help but love.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. If you’re wanting something a little different than the normal Young Adult paranormal, and you’re not afraid of completely non-judgemental and definitely not pushy talk of faith and God, then I would recommend this. Faegen’s writing style is beautiful and flows nicely, the world is well developed already, the premise is unique and fantastic, and the characters are intriguing and captivating. I definitely will be putting the next one on my to-read list as soon as it’s announce. I can’t wait to see which brother is up next, but I hope it’s Phoenix!