The Liberator, the second novel in the Dante Walker series, is another compelling read from Victoria Scott! The Liberator continues from where The Collector leaves off. Dante finds himself allied with his former opposition and is confused about his place in this new life (or afterlife, really). For those new readers, or those who simply need a refresher, the opening of the novel provides a good synopsis of the events of the first. Scott’s descriptions are detailed and very visual. It was very easy to picture the scenes as they unfolded. I also liked how some parts of the novel reminded me of Greek myth, especially the ideas of journeys and quests.
Dante remains an intriguing and realistic character, who now has to not only deal with the threats posed to Charlie, but also his new role in the world. The first part of the book was very good with dealing with the emotional repercussions from the events of The Collector. There was some interesting character growth in this book, particularly for Dante. I feel like the first book showed many changes for Charlie, while this book really delved into Dante’s changes and new experiences. In comparison to the first book, The Liberator moved a bit slowly at first. But before the halfway point the plot really picked up and some of the loose ends started coming together. What I love is that these loose ends are explained to the reader as they are explained to Dante. Unlike the first book, where Dante obviously knows more than the reader, Dante and the reader are often learning things at the same time. Because of this, there were some great plot twists that definitely took me by surprise!
I really enjoyed the subordinate characters this time around. I found them intriguing in the first book, but now I really had the chance to connect with them. I actually wish that there were more scenes with these characters, because they are interesting and fun. Hopefully we will see more of them in the next book!
Dante Walker has been given a second chance. After helping to save Charlie Cooper, the girl he loves, Dante has been given a new cuff by the Big Guy. Now a Liberator, working for Heaven instead of Hell, Dante is unsure of how to proceed. He was, after all, a demon. And he never claimed to be an angel! But for Charlie, Dante is willing to try and abandon his bad boy ways. His first mission as a Liberator though makes this task harder than it seems. Aspen reminds him of all the temptations of his former life, and he is finding it hard to resist! But the threatening forces are tired of lingering in the shadows. With Aspen and Charlie in danger, Dante knows it is time to take a stand. To save the girl he loves and protect his assignment, Dante will have to travel to a place he thought he’d never have to see again.
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.
With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.