Her Sweetest Downfall is a novella that, when tied into the Forever Girl series by Rebecca Hamilton, is a beautiful and nearly epic addition to the series. We are reintroduced to Ophelia, a mysterious figure from the first novel, and told a bit more about her role in the entire storyline. The characters are just as robust as the ones in the first novel, The Forever Girl, and tie in beautifully to explain a lot of the back story of the first book. The book itself will take readers around a dark and distant world, to explore both new and beloved characters and supernatural beings. I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, and am quite eagerly awaiting the rest of the series.
Life was never kind to Ophelia. Her mother vanished, her father raised her, and now she is on a path to discover the whereabouts of her missing mother. She has always known about the Cruor and other supernatural beings, but always believed they were nothing more than fairy tales. Little did she know how far that was from the truth. And upon hearing a mysterious violin in the middle of a dark forest at night, the life Ophelia once knew will become nothing more than a distant memory. And in embarking on her new life, Ophelia will learn that there truly is more in the world than anyone knows. She will travel to far, distant lands, and meet some very unusual and special people. She will also learn that her place in the Universe is hidden, but extremely important and valuable. Dear reader, come along on Ophelia’s journey. It will be the adventure of a lifetime.
Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.
When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.
What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves.