Book InfoPersecution by K. L. Taylor-Lane
Series: Swallows and Psychos #3
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance
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Betrayal. Chaos. Destruction.
Love cuts deep, its sting violent. Harsh and tragic and devastating.
It weakens and pollutes, tainting even the purest of souls until nothing remains but char and ash.
Intentions are muddied, thoughts and feelings unclear. Disjointed ideas and fragmented ideals. Confusion rife and minds warped. Armies surviving in the shadows, using the cover of darkness to try and rebuild.
Swallows are forever.
But the blood of the covenant always was thicker than the water of the womb…
*This is book 3, the FINAL book for Kyla-Rose and her boys in the Swallows and Psychos series. You must read all books in order to enjoy this very dark story.*
Book 1 - Purgatory
Book 2 - Penance
Book 3 - Persecution
Persecution - My Review
I swear that K. L. Taylor-Lane was trying to finish me off with this book. If she wasn’t busy confusing me, she was tearing my heart into pieces, or using anticipation and fear to relocate it into the back of my throat. I’ve just finished the book and I feel like I’ve been through the emotional wringer.
I definitely started out with confusion, though. Kyla-Rose? Dead? I know she was beaten and kinda broken when we left her at the end of Penance, but she was definitely still alive. I know, I went back to check. Just like Max, Huxley, and Kacey, I couldn’t understand it. I clung to the hope that, as future chapters were written from Kyla-Rose’s perspective, there would be some sort of explanation.
I never would have guessed the whole story though. I’m also going to find it very hard to write this review without dropping spoilers. Maybe I should just leave you with the advice: you absolutely have to read it. But you know I’m not going to do that.
One thing that really struck me was how Taylor-Lane has developed as an author over the summer months. Heron Mill is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The gothic darkness of that book has bled into this story and wrapped itself around Kyla-Rose as she battles with her mental health issues. It’s beautifully descriptive and tragically dark, sweeping the reader up in the character’s despair and desolation. It’s perfect for the situation Kyla-Rose has found herself in.
The storyline of the book was pure genius. There were so many twists and turns I don’t know how anybody is supposed to anticipate what lies ahead. Throughout the story I kept getting flashes of “oh, that could happen,” and then things would be explained a different way. The trick was you never really knew if you were right in the first place and you’d forget your suspicions, then chapters later you’d find out you were right all along. It was seriously messing with my mind.
Persecution is an amazing book which finishes the Swallows and Psychos trilogy on a high. In fact, it’s even better that you can binge the whole thing in one now. I’m looking forward to seeing more from all of the Swallows in Taylor-Lane’s future books, both with Charlie’s story and in the Blackwell Brothers series.