Cipher (Demonica Underworld, #8; Demonica, #19)
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series… It’s been seven months since Cipher, an Unfallen angel who straddled a razor thin line between good and evil, woke up in hell with a new set of wings, a wicked pair of fangs, and a handler who’s as beautiful as she is dangerous. As a laid-back cyber-specialist who once assisted guardian angels, he’d been in a prime position to earn back his halo. But now, as a True Fallen forced to use his talents for malevolence, he must fight not only his captors and his sexy handler, but the growing corruption inside him…before the friends searching for him become his enemies and he becomes his own worst nightmare. Lyre is a fallen angel with a heart full of hate. When she’s assigned to ensure that Cipher carries out their boss’s orders, she sees an opportunity to take revenge on those who wronged her. All she has to do is appeal to Cipher’s burgeoning dark side. But the devastatingly handsome fellow True Fallen has other ideas — sexy ideas that threaten to derail all Lyre’s plans and put them in the path of an approaching hell storm. Danger and desire explode, even as Cipher and Lyre unravel a sinister plot that will fracture the underworld and send shockwaves into Heaven itself… **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Cipher (Demonica Underworld, #8; Demonica, #19) Details

TitleCipher (Demonica Underworld, #8; Demonica, #19)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 9th, 2019
PublisherEvil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Demons, Angels, Novella

Cipher (Demonica Underworld, #8; Demonica, #19) Review

  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    Great addition to the series. Cipher is the main character – a unfallen angel computer geek who becomes a fallen angel after a betrayal. He will develop an understanding and he will fall in love with another fallen angel who is one of his captures and his main handler.A very important enemy is after the list with the lost children of Azagoth. Cipher is the only one who can provide it, but he will not betray his friends and cooperate that easily.Overall the love story of Cipher and Lyre was good, Great addition to the series. Cipher is the main character – a unfallen angel computer geek who becomes a fallen angel after a betrayal. He will develop an understanding and he will fall in love with another fallen angel who is one of his captures and his main handler.A very important enemy is after the list with the lost children of Azagoth. Cipher is the only one who can provide it, but he will not betray his friends and cooperate that easily.Overall the love story of Cipher and Lyre was good, but short. Love-struck Azagoth and his pregnant mate definitely stole Cipher’s thunder. The book served more like a bridge for the next full length novel “Reaper" and I would like some more alone time between Cipher and his sweetheart, but we can't have everything. Anyway I have a feeling that we will see more of these two in the upcoming war.
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I've said this before and I'll just have to repeat myself.  These Demonica Underworld novellas are nice to hold you over and keep you involved in the Demonica world, but they never quite blow me away.  With Cipher, I didn't have much anticipation for his story but I was excited to be back in this world.Cipher was kidnapped by Bael and is being to I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I've said this before and I'll just have to repeat myself.  These Demonica Underworld novellas are nice to hold you over and keep you involved in the Demonica world, but they never quite blow me away.  With Cipher, I didn't have much anticipation for his story but I was excited to be back in this world.Cipher was kidnapped by Bael and is being tortured to obtain the names of Azagoth's human children from him.  The heroine, Lyre, is a fallen angel who volunteered to serve Bael in exchange for his help in getting revenge from the angels who betrayed her and caused her to lose her wings.  I definitely liked Cipher more than Lyre, but I think both characters were developed only in the surface.  That is probably because of the next point I want to make.  Quite a bit of this book is laying the plot for the next full length novel in the Demonica series, Reaper.I am both a bit disappointed but mostly excited about that.  I read the Azagoth novella earlier this year (out of order) and I wasn't quite so invested in that romance but I knew there was potential to be more.  And I was excited to see he would be getting a full length book because there's been turmoil in his relationship with his mate.  CIPHER gives us a lot more developments in that relationship as well as an imminent threat to Azagoth.  All this to cause the revolt to free Satan. At this point in this world and series, you have to be reading the books in order to know what's going on.  Some of the things in this novella tie back to REVENANT (and omg I was so excited that Reaver and Revenant made some cameo appearances).All that being said, I found the storyline interesting because of the connections it makes and the setup for future it gives us.  But as an individual book I think it lacked in drawing me in to the romance.  I liked the main characters just enough but I didn't care for them much one way or the other.  And I was really expecting to love Cipher as he is a geeky fallen angel.  Still, I am now itching to get my hands on REAPER!*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Jewlsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Cipher’s story was pretty good! I would have liked more development with Lyre, but overall I was happy with the turn of events. Azagoth and Lilli have some page time, along with a few others including Hawkyn(who’s story I really need to go back and read). The story twist also gives a great lead into Reaper.
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  • Megzy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 *
  • Joelle
    January 1, 1970
    Let's start of by saying this is one of my favorite authors and anything she writes I just love she definitely and auto buy author for us and we are really loving this on going series and its character's. Cipher and Lyre are one of my favorite character pair especially after this current story as they turned out to be perfect for one another.Cipher who was once an angel now Unfallen and soon to be True Fallen is coming into his own powers. He is trapped in another dimension and is being tortured Let's start of by saying this is one of my favorite authors and anything she writes I just love she definitely and auto buy author for us and we are really loving this on going series and its character's. Cipher and Lyre are one of my favorite character pair especially after this current story as they turned out to be perfect for one another.Cipher who was once an angel now Unfallen and soon to be True Fallen is coming into his own powers. He is trapped in another dimension and is being tortured over and over again to again access to information that could effect hundreds of lives but,more is in play than just that and he needs to escape before he breaks and betrays the ones he loves.Lyre is Ciphers handler tasked by Bael to extract the information he wants at any means and she decides she is up to the job to further her own wants and desires to enact her own revenge of the wrongs done to her.We loved this story from cover to cover.The story was gripping and suspenseful and had wonderful evil character's.We loved Cipher from the onset of the story and that he fought as hard as he did to protect the ones he loves.A friendship was forged in the pits of hell and now Lyre is examining her own choices that she's made and fines she no longer needs to seek the vengeance on those who wronged her so long ago.We loved Cipher and Lyre as they had some major chemistry going on between them and I found them to be perfect one another even with all the obstacles standing between them.I love the fact that Lyre was able to retain her sweetness and kindness living in and living with such evil on a daily basis.We loved how she was willing to make great sacrifices in order to help Cipher in preserving his secrets.Cipher I found to be sexy as sin and no matter his dire circumstances retained his sense of humor that made us laugh out loud more than once.Lyre was just one of those character's that there is more than meets the eye than what's is on the surface as she has learned to mask her feelings and keep her secrets. Overall we really loved this story it was packed with action and adventure,was intriguing,had tons of drama,healing and finding love in all the wrong places.The story kept me glued to the pages the entire time and we loved the character's both good and evil.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who has loved the Demonica series for years I'm always extremely excited when a new book is released and we get the chance to dive back into this world. We already know Cipher, he was Hawkyn's best friend who was captured in one of the previous Demonica Underworld books and dragged into Sheoul by Faile. Now one of the True Fallen Cipher is just trying to hold onto his sense of self as long as possible before evil takes over and he willingly gives up his friends to the demons who are h As someone who has loved the Demonica series for years I'm always extremely excited when a new book is released and we get the chance to dive back into this world. We already know Cipher, he was Hawkyn's best friend who was captured in one of the previous Demonica Underworld books and dragged into Sheoul by Faile. Now one of the True Fallen Cipher is just trying to hold onto his sense of self as long as possible before evil takes over and he willingly gives up his friends to the demons who are holding him prisoner.Lyre is one of Cipher's handlers and she's been tasked with getting information from him for her boss Bael. She chose to become a true fallen angel in order to get revenge on the angels who cost her both her wings and her place in heaven but even though that's been her main purpose for so long she has never quite become immune to the evil that she's now surrounded by. When she realises exactly what information Bael is looking for and what he plans to do with it suddenly her revenge doesn't seem quite as important as it did before and Lyre starts to realise that the cost may be too high.I don't want to say much more about what happens in this novella but it's just as action packed and full of romance as you'd expect from a book in this series. Although the 1001 Dark Nights novellas are designed to work as standalone introductions to the authors I actually think this story will work far better for readers who are familiar with the Demonica Underworld books. There is a lot here that you wouldn't appreciate as much without familiarity with characters like Hawkyn, Azagoth and Lilliana and this also leads on to the next full length book in the series, Reaper, which will publish later this year. I'm such a huge fan of this world though so I'd highly recommend the entire Demonica series to anyone who loves paranormal romance.
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars ~ JessI have loved this series for a LONG time and with each new book, things are still unsettled in the Underworld. There is always something at play and this book continues that story of deceit and mystery. While this was Cipher's book there is a lot more at play than just him. Captured by brothers who might play a part in the next apocalypse he is tortured on the daily for information only he has access to. Not only that but he is coming into his Unfallen powers that are actually pr 4.5 stars ~ JessI have loved this series for a LONG time and with each new book, things are still unsettled in the Underworld. There is always something at play and this book continues that story of deceit and mystery. While this was Cipher's book there is a lot more at play than just him. Captured by brothers who might play a part in the next apocalypse he is tortured on the daily for information only he has access to. Not only that but he is coming into his Unfallen powers that are actually pretty cool. Lyre has been put in charge of getting the information from Cipher. She is on a mission of vengeance from those who wronged her and is hoping that this "win" will get her what she seeks. Lyre should be different than what she is. She should be stronger, more evil, more hell-worthy, but she is not. She also has this troubling problem known as a heart. Being a novella, there are aspects of this story that came together rather quickly. On the flip side, there are other parts that we have only scratched the surface on. I did enjoy this book but would have liked Lyre's character to be developed a little more. I already knew Cipher from his cameos in prior books. I already enjoyed his quirky sense of humor and nerdy yet sexy hacking skills. I did think this set us fans up nicely for Reaper and can't wait to see what kind of madness his book has in store.
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....This has been a fantastic series by Larissa Ione. She brings to you both sexy heroes and funny well-written stories. From the first book of her Demonica series, I've been hooked. Now with this offshoot of it, I've been nothing but thrilled. The whole series has been leading up to her final book Reaper. From what I understand she's starting a new series but in the same world. Can't wait to try that one. Poor, poor, C Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....This has been a fantastic series by Larissa Ione. She brings to you both sexy heroes and funny well-written stories. From the first book of her Demonica series, I've been hooked. Now with this offshoot of it, I've been nothing but thrilled. The whole series has been leading up to her final book Reaper. From what I understand she's starting a new series but in the same world. Can't wait to try that one. Poor, poor, Cipher. He stayed so strong during all his torture. Not sure how he did it. I know I couldn't of. I get a papercut and my life is over. Throughout the time he's being torture you pull for him and pray he'll get through it all. I think my heart would have broken if he turned bad. He wanted to stay strong so badly that you couldn't help but cheer for him. I also liked Lyre even if at first you think of her as an uncaring bitch. You could see the struggle between wanting the revenge she wanted and protecting Cipher. It truly bothered her that she was being hurt. These two worked together. They just matched. You liked them together and I was happy to see at the end she was there for him even if her own goals didn't happen. Her love for him was stronger than her hate. This story also set up the next book, Reaper. It makes you want it right now! If you are a paranormal fan than you need to read this series. Once you start you won't want to stop.Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for an honest review
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  • Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I'll be honest. I'm foaming at the mouth for Reaper to come out. That said, I enjoyed the read, it's a nice tidbit to tide me over until the real, and probably amazing, book is released. I wasn't really all fired up for Lyre and Cypher, but hey, it was still a decent story. Read if you're a huge Demonica fan. You may want to skip if you're not.
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  • Tanya Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Tour Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I was so excited for another book in the Demonica World! I'm missing some of our main characters from the series as we concentrate on these new ones in the novellas. However, I am enjoying these characters as well.Cipher is not the warrior that you see in most heroes. His specialty is computers and coding. Bael knows this and has planned to be ab I received this book for free from Tour Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I was so excited for another book in the Demonica World! I'm missing some of our main characters from the series as we concentrate on these new ones in the novellas. However, I am enjoying these characters as well.Cipher is not the warrior that you see in most heroes. His specialty is computers and coding. Bael knows this and has planned to be able to take advantage of it once the evil from being a fallen angel starts to take over Cipher. He also needs something from Cipher and has assigned Lyre to be his handler and try and get the information from him.I enjoyed seeing a lead male character who was not totally focused on hand to hand combat. Not saying he wasn't good at it when needed, but it was not his main skillset and that was refreshing. I knew Lyre didn't fit in from the beginning and her reasons for becoming a fallen and signing up with Bael were going to be regrettable. She was not going to be hard to turn onto Cipher's team.With the worry of the evil taking control, and possibly alienating himself from Azagoth, Cipher needs to get out of Bael's realm ASAP. I enjoyed seeing Cipher as he discovered his fallen angel powers. When I found out why he was struggling with flying and control, I was surprised, but not surprised in a way about the cause of the problem. Nothing is too evil for this realm.We also get a surprise on the Azagoth front which I loved. He is still the fearsome Grim Reaper, but Lilliana is such a calming factor in his life. He just needs to learn how to be in a relationship. It's going to be interesting to see how he fares with Lilliana's surprise. I'm so glad the next book will be back to him. He really seems to be struggling and I want to see him work it out.I really enjoyed Cipher and the adventure we are taken on between the two competing realms. Bael is crazy to try and take on Azagoth. It's going to make for an interesting fight. The side characters from Cipher, mainly his friends from Sheoul-gra are a lot of fun and persistent in their intent to rescue Cipher and make sure he hasn't turned evil while in Sheoul. I thought we got to see a good family dynamic between those in Sheoul-gra. A safe haven in the Grim Reaper's realm. Who would of guessed?! I think I would definitely recommend this read before the upcoming release from the series. There is quite a bit of Azagoth and Lilliana in Cipher and I think the background is going to be good for reading the new book. I'm so glad Larissa Ione is going back to this series.      Excerpt Lyre watched Cipher try to get his powers and wings under control for just over twenty-four human hours. It hadn’t gone well. His wings seemed to have minds of their own and his fallen angel gifts were powerful but unpredictable, like natural disasters spawned by a child’s imagination.Finally, after he exploded a tree with a superheated stream of blue light and nearly fried himself with the blowback, she called down to him.“You hungry?” she yelled. “Because I could eat.”He let out a frustrated shout accompanied by a stomp of his foot, and a crack appeared in the ground under the sole of his boot. A deafening boom and a slow rumble started up, and within seconds the crack lengthened and began to widen as the walls collapsed and chunks of earth tumbled into the fissure.That couldn’t be good.“Run!” she shoutedHe sprinted toward her, away from the growing gap. And then, suddenly, he spun around and ran toward it.“Cipher! No!” What the hell was he doing?She extended her wings, ready to go after him as he leaped across the fissure. He wasn’t going to make it to the other side of the sheer cliff face. Not if his wings wouldn’t work—His great wings flapped, lifting him easily skyward. He banked and soared in a glorious, elegant arc. A shout of pure joy rang out as he flew toward her, reminding her of the excitement she’d felt the first time she’d tried out her fallen angel wings. Hers had taken a year to grow, but it had taken only minutes to get them working. Cipher had to be thrilled to finally have his under control.Folding her own black leather wings against her shoulders, she watched him come in for a landing, but as he did, one wing went rogue, freezing in a closed position. He clipped a tree and went into an unrecoverable spin before hitting the ground and tumbling to a stop next to her.She coughed at the resulting cloud of dust. “That was graceful.”He eyed her from where he lay sprawled in the dirt. “Tell me you got that on video.”She didn’t want to be charmed, but she laughed anyway. Humor was something she missed since entering Sheoul. No one had a sense of humor here. And those who did seemed to have found it puddled on the floor of a torture chamber.“No such luck,” she said.“S’okay. But I’ll bet it would have gone viral.” Wincing, he shoved to his feet and tried to push his left wing into the retraction position. “I don’t get it. I can’t control these things. It’s like they’re fighting me. They don’t feel right.”They didn’t look right, either. Marred by what seemed to be scars and ragged edges, they weren’t like any newbie wings she’d ever seen. “Hmm. Maybe they were damaged by the restraints.” She moved around behind him, silently admiring his broad, muscular back. It would look even better with scratch marks from her fingernails after a long, sweaty round of sex.     Trailer   This review was originally posted on Rantings of a Reading Addict
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsThis novella is #8 in the Demonica Underworld series, and as with all thing Demonica related, I cannot get enough!The 1001 Nights novellas are promo’d as standalones, but given the complexity of this world, and the fact that this story is a continuation of the Demonica Underworld series, and Azagoth and Liliana’s story, I would not recommend reading this one as a standalone.Following on from Hawkyn, this book picks up the story of Cipher – an Unfallen Angel who was dragged to Sheoul, inst 4 starsThis novella is #8 in the Demonica Underworld series, and as with all thing Demonica related, I cannot get enough!The 1001 Nights novellas are promo’d as standalones, but given the complexity of this world, and the fact that this story is a continuation of the Demonica Underworld series, and Azagoth and Liliana’s story, I would not recommend reading this one as a standalone.Following on from Hawkyn, this book picks up the story of Cipher – an Unfallen Angel who was dragged to Sheoul, instantly turning him into a True Unfallen. For years he straddled the line between good and evil, and now that he’s in hell itself, he’s just waiting for evil to truly penetrate, turning him into the monster he tried so hard not to be.Cipher is the prisoner of one of the Underworld’s badguys, who wants him for his cyber-skills and the evil that his fall promises, and while he’s kept in captivity, he is assigned a handler – Lyre a fellow Fallen Angel who is a total badass with her own mission of vengeance.Cipher and Lyre quickly realise that they can help each other out, and as they work on acclimatising Cipher to his new form, plan their escape and uncover the horrors of a new plot unfolding within the underworld, their attraction sizzles and they find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other. It’s fun and adventurous, sexy and exciting, and the banter is so entertaining! “Okay, try extending your wing.”Nothing happened. He let out a frustrated curse, and then, finally, the wing shot out beforefolding in again. “It shouldn’t have taken that much effort, should it? Is this normal?”“I don’t think so.”“You don’t think so? You’re a fallen angel, right?”She jammed her fists on her hips. “No one is going to want to have sex with you if you’re snarky with them, you know.”“What?”Meanwhile, in Sheoul-Gra, Cipher’s friends are searching for him and looking for a way to release him from his captivity before true evil takes hold. And Azagoth is on a mission to track down his children and take out those responsible for endangering them. It’s all happening, and with Reaver and Revenant popping in to visit with warnings for the future (and some hilarious smartassery), and the long-awaited return of Lilliana, this book is a great lead-in to the upcoming Reaper as Azagoth’s story deepens and the battle between heaven and hell awakens once again. The plot is building, and I’m so excited for more of this series as we prepare for the next generation to take the lead and have their stories told.Loved this one – 4 stars.An Advanced Reader Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    While you could read this as a standalone, I think it would be better to read the series from the beginning because a lot of this story is a continuation from the series and you won't really know what happened before this point. Cipher gets cocky and strays a little too far from his friends when he's dragged to hell and becomes a True Unfallen. He doesn't want to be evil or help his captors but he has little choice unless he can somehow get away. He knows his friends are probably looking for him While you could read this as a standalone, I think it would be better to read the series from the beginning because a lot of this story is a continuation from the series and you won't really know what happened before this point. Cipher gets cocky and strays a little too far from his friends when he's dragged to hell and becomes a True Unfallen. He doesn't want to be evil or help his captors but he has little choice unless he can somehow get away. He knows his friends are probably looking for him but the bad guys want him for his computer skills. So unless he gives Bael what he wants, he's gonna keep being tortured. The torture is bad and we see a lot of it right up front.Lyre is a fallen angel and is assigned to be Cipher's handler. She's not exactly what she seems and knows she made a bad decision coming to work for Bael to get revenge for losing her angelic wings. Both Lyre and Cipher end up wanting some of the same things and they agree to work together to escape. But before they can, Cipher has to do the one thing he didn't want to do and Lyre is going to help him. While they are trying to escape they become closer and find they're attracted to each other which leads to some fun times between them, even if they are fighting for their freedom.There are a few surprises and a couple of great twists. Bael and his brother have a secret that became a great twist by the end of the book. I love when something happens that I never saw coming and makes me want the next book right now so I can see how it will play out. So much happened and we see a few characters that I love from this series pop up which I really loved. In the middle of everything else, there's a plot going on behind the scenes with the bag guys that could change everything and by the end of the book we get a small glimpse into the next book in this series. I can't say much more without giving away a lot of spoilers.
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  • Malissa
    January 1, 1970
    Getting back to the Demonica World is always a highlight of the year for me. This is truly one of those series that I don't mind being 19 books deep into and still wanting more of, I just can't get enough. Cipher is a character that we met in a past book, he is the best friend of Hawkyn. He was stolen away from his life, family, and friends and dragged into Sheoul to become a True Fallen Angel....but does a Fallen Angel have to become evil, can a Fallen Angel still love? I loved the look into th Getting back to the Demonica World is always a highlight of the year for me. This is truly one of those series that I don't mind being 19 books deep into and still wanting more of, I just can't get enough. Cipher is a character that we met in a past book, he is the best friend of Hawkyn. He was stolen away from his life, family, and friends and dragged into Sheoul to become a True Fallen Angel....but does a Fallen Angel have to become evil, can a Fallen Angel still love? I loved the look into the process of becoming a True Fallen, the fight to stay strong and keep a sense of self instead of just becoming one of the many evils. We get to see that fight form both Cipher and Lyre, whose story was a bit heartbreaking and I can totally understand why she wanted revenge, I wanted (I'd fall so fast you guys, soooo fast, lol) it for her! I throughly enjoyed the back and forth between them, especially because while there was a bit of a tug of war there was never any malice between the two, there was always that underlying steaminess just waiting to be explored. Something else I really liked (and you'll see some of this in the excerpt below) is that side story between Azagoth (always a favorite of mine) and Lilliana. As with most 1,001 Dark Nights there isn't a ton that I can talk about beaus I don not want to spoil anything for you, but I can tell you that if you are a fan of the Demonica series you absolutely want to read this, if you haven't read Demonica before you can totally start here but you will be missing out on a few key points, particularly when it comes to Agazoth and Lilliana, that said this book will totally wet your appetite and have you diving into a total binge! ~ HAPPY READING ~
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  • Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Cipher is a good addition to one of my favorite paranormal series. This is Cipher and Lyre's story. Cipher is a fallen angel and a computer whiz. A careless mistake has landed him in hell, where Lyre is his handler. Lyre, herself, is also a fallen angel, who purposely got herself sent to hell so she could wreak revenge on her enemies. But as they spend time together, the two of them unravel an evil plot to ruin the world and have to fight to save themselves and escape hell. Along the 3.5 stars. Cipher is a good addition to one of my favorite paranormal series. This is Cipher and Lyre's story. Cipher is a fallen angel and a computer whiz. A careless mistake has landed him in hell, where Lyre is his handler. Lyre, herself, is also a fallen angel, who purposely got herself sent to hell so she could wreak revenge on her enemies. But as they spend time together, the two of them unravel an evil plot to ruin the world and have to fight to save themselves and escape hell. Along the way, they fall for each other, of course. I enjoyed this book. I really liked both Cipher and Lyre and I definitely felt their love by the end. They are both good beings, not evil, despite their fallen status. I did feel like, for a novella, the romance between the couple did not get going for a little too long. The first half was a bit slow. I also found there is quite a bit of focus on the ongoing series story arch and not quite as much focus on the couple. Still, this is not a bad book. Cipher is a quick, easy, entertaining read. It has moments of suspense, sexiness and sweetness. I really liked the interesting story and writing. I found Cipher and Lyre to be a fun characters and well-matched. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series and anything else Ms. Ione writes in the future!*arc provided in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I think what I liked most about this one was how Cipher was a secret agent, determined not to betray his friends. It's a good thing that he won over Lyre to his side. I liked that they were able to work together to the start to bring down Bael and his crew. Sure things didn't quite end the way they all wanted it, but it's a good start.I loved that Lillian finally came home and let Azagoth know her secret. I have a feeling there will be lots of fun times to come with those two.
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  • L. Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I always love returning to the Demonica Underworld and I was really looking forward to Cipher's story. Overall, it was a fun read, but I wish it had been longer. It's a very quick read and some parts do feel a little bit rushed. I think it's more setting the scene for Reaper, and I was left feeling a little dissatisfied by the lack of depth.Overall, though, a nice addition to the series.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I am so glad we are getting more Demonica books. This is one of the few series that I love to reread every few years. Cipher and Lyre are such a good couple. I liked their relationship and their struggles to escape. I really can't wait to read the next book now. I need more Azagoth and Lillian.
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  • Fran Zoch, LSoR
    January 1, 1970
    I am loving how much more we are getting in this novella , we are seeing just how tremendous The backstabbing and the betrayals go, Cipher and Lyre have an awesome story that makes you want to read all the books over again and again
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Demonica World!! These 1001 Dark Nights novellas bring so much action to the underworld and I am on the edge of my seat, dying for more Azagoth! Cipher and Lyre’s story built upon what’s been happening and set in motion one hell of a twist. Reaper can’t get here soon enough!
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  • Gin
    January 1, 1970
    I love this fantastic series full of angels both good and bad and everything in between and other supernatural beings. This series and this story is so involved with several players in the mix, both old and new. This one features Cipher as his player ways get him captured and taken to a realm controlled by the truly evil Bael who wants to use him to force Azagoth, the Grim Reaper, to join him in his quest to free Satan and bring on the apocalypse. Cipher is tortured in gruesome ways but what a s I love this fantastic series full of angels both good and bad and everything in between and other supernatural beings. This series and this story is so involved with several players in the mix, both old and new. This one features Cipher as his player ways get him captured and taken to a realm controlled by the truly evil Bael who wants to use him to force Azagoth, the Grim Reaper, to join him in his quest to free Satan and bring on the apocalypse. Cipher is tortured in gruesome ways but what a swoon-worthy male he is as he holds strong and refuses to aid Bael and his brother Moloc. His beautiful handler, Lyre, watches as Cipher's struggles and realizes there's more to him than just a handsome face and smokin' hot bod...his beautiful mind and awesome IT skills. She's captivated by him and realizes Cipher may be her way out of her awful situation. And he's not immune to Lyre's charms and her actions to protect him. I love these two together! This fabulous author always gives us a sexy couple to cheer for and Cipher and Lyre are no exception. I just wanted more of them and I think this shortened version didn’t do them justice but hopefully we’ll see more of them in future stories. I loved the glimpses of old characters especially Reaver and Revenant. This is an action-packed, thrilling story with several twists that will play into future stories. What an ending and epilogue! I love the new generation of characters and they are lots in this story between Cipher's friends and Lyre's sisters for future stories. But I'm so glad we are not finished with the old characters. I can't wait for more of Azagoth and his family. He's seriously lethal and a sexy beast. And what's he going to do with the stolen feathers?
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  • Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The underworld is shaken up…...Cipher has had a roller coaster ride for a life over the last year. Once an Angel, then Unfallen and now Cipher is a True Fallen. He fight for his sanity, sense of self and to keep informed a secret as long as possible. Cipher’s capture and constant torture tests his ability to keep the evil at bay and the loyalty to his friends tight lipped. Ciphers strength, loyalty and his ability to do crazy things with a computers is remarkable. He’s a very interesting charact The underworld is shaken up…...Cipher has had a roller coaster ride for a life over the last year. Once an Angel, then Unfallen and now Cipher is a True Fallen. He fight for his sanity, sense of self and to keep informed a secret as long as possible. Cipher’s capture and constant torture tests his ability to keep the evil at bay and the loyalty to his friends tight lipped. Ciphers strength, loyalty and his ability to do crazy things with a computers is remarkable. He’s a very interesting character who grows, adapts and embraces the new abilities he’s been given while fighting for his life and the underworld. Lyre is a True Fallen by choice. Her need for revenge against the ones who cost her her wings and place in heaven is her main purpose in life. Lyre works for Bael thinking it will be the way she gets her revenge. Her task is to be Ciphers handler. To extract information that they know Cipher holds. Somewhere in her task with Cipher, the scale tips and revenge is not the most important thing on Lyres mind. What I loved about Lyre, even with her making the choice to be a true Fallen her sense of right and wrong still stands strong, even though it was missguided for awhile. There is nothing like a trip to the underworld to heat things up. Cipher, the latest installment of Larissa Ione’s Demonica Underworld Series, does just that and more. A sinister plot is in a place to shake up not only below but above is on the radar as well. Cipher is the biggest cyber threat from all the realms. Lyre is a woman on a mission for venage. The two of them together cause shockwaves that I’m sure Heaven could feel. A fast paced story with twists, trues, a demonic spell or two and a few really messed up plays. I love every second of the story. At the beginning of this extraordinary tale I would have never guessed that Cipher and Lyre would have ended the way do. The chemistry is intense, the passion is explosive and emotions shine through the depths of the underground. Ms. Ione’s Demonica world is a work of art and is always a favorite place to visit. Like Ms. Ione’s other works with in the series, Cipher is fantastic in every way.
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  • JG
    January 1, 1970
    Cipher has been captured and dragged to Sheoul where his friends can’t reach him and his boss thinks his gone pure evil. Little did they know that Cipher’s abduction is a part of a much bigger plan, dragging the whole underworld in a nefarious plot to release Satan from his infernal prison. While Cipher tries to survive without betraying his friends, his handler Lyre tries to save him as much as possible. Cipher doubts Lyre’s motives but the linger he struggles the more he relies on her to pull Cipher has been captured and dragged to Sheoul where his friends can’t reach him and his boss thinks his gone pure evil. Little did they know that Cipher’s abduction is a part of a much bigger plan, dragging the whole underworld in a nefarious plot to release Satan from his infernal prison. While Cipher tries to survive without betraying his friends, his handler Lyre tries to save him as much as possible. Cipher doubts Lyre’s motives but the linger he struggles the more he relies on her to pull him in the right direction without giving in to evil’s demands. Now they have to pull the greatest escape from Sheoul and survive it enough to face the wrath of Azagoth.Although Cipher can be read as a standalone, there are a lot of subplots that are running theough it that it’s quite hard to keep up without knowing the whole story. It doesn’t mean you have to read all the Demonica Series (but really its a great series so its no hardship!) But start from Azagoth and go from there and you’ll be good for the next several installments. Larissa Ione’s worldbuilding is spectacular and it just keeps getting better with each story unfolding. As a romance however, Cipher doesn’t have enough word space for it to be fully fleshed out but most of the characters in this series have more of a HFN which slowly develops further as seen in in the next installments.
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  • Claire Cronin
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first read by Larissa and a good introduction into the Demonica Underworld for me, I will definitely read more of these from this!It took a little bit to get my head round that these are characters in a modern world setting, I pictured them in a old world type, but new world was good once my brain got on board!Cipher is a unfallen angel with amazing computer skills who ends up falling and going into the underworld. He ends up falling in love with his handler/keeper, another fallen an This was my first read by Larissa and a good introduction into the Demonica Underworld for me, I will definitely read more of these from this!It took a little bit to get my head round that these are characters in a modern world setting, I pictured them in a old world type, but new world was good once my brain got on board!Cipher is a unfallen angel with amazing computer skills who ends up falling and going into the underworld. He ends up falling in love with his handler/keeper, another fallen angel Lyre. Lyre's boss is after a list he knows Cipher possesses, a list of Azagoth's lost children, but Cipher is determined to resist his torturous punishment and not give up the list.I enjoyed the interaction and the developing relationship between Cipher and Lyre and their plans on getting out of the underworld back to Azagoth's domain. But Azagoth's story and that of his pregnant mate definitely stole it for me, this is the next story in line and this novella is acting more of a bridge to this new book, Reaper coming soon, which looks awesome.I certainly enjoyed the characters and the world this series is set in and can't wait to read more.
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  • Sue's Romance Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Cipher is another thrilling and action-packed installment in the Demonica series.I have been reading the Demonica series for what seems like forever now and I never get enough.Larissa Ione always brings something new that will captivate. Cipher and Lyre’s story is no different. Cipher was cute with his new wings. I found myself smirking and giggling.We also touch again on Liliana and Azagoth. There is simply something about these two that pulls me and captivates me every timeI love how with each Cipher is another thrilling and action-packed installment in the Demonica series.I have been reading the Demonica series for what seems like forever now and I never get enough.Larissa Ione always brings something new that will captivate. Cipher and Lyre’s story is no different. Cipher was cute with his new wings. I found myself smirking and giggling.We also touch again on Liliana and Azagoth. There is simply something about these two that pulls me and captivates me every timeI love how with each novella we inch ever closer to that final, epic battle between good and evil.Pieces come together but the whole picture is still unclear. All we know for sure is that it’ll happen one way or another and I, for one, am going to enjoy that thrilling ride until the very end.Cipher is in hell, literally. His handler is the beautiful and dangerous Lyre.In the cold, torturous hell that he can’t escape, he must put his trust in Lyre. Will she betray him?I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Brigitte
    January 1, 1970
    This is a marvellous addition to the Demonica Underworld series. It's very well portrayed and the characters are interesting and lovable. Mostly! Taking another exciting journey in the Underworld where some of my favourites characters feature, took me down memory lane. It's been a few years since I started reading this series and the storylines never cease to amaze me. There is a rebellion coming and when the extent of what's being planned is revealed, Cipher and Lyre find themselves caught in t This is a marvellous addition to the Demonica Underworld series. It's very well portrayed and the characters are interesting and lovable. Mostly! Taking another exciting journey in the Underworld where some of my favourites characters feature, took me down memory lane. It's been a few years since I started reading this series and the storylines never cease to amaze me. There is a rebellion coming and when the extent of what's being planned is revealed, Cipher and Lyre find themselves caught in the middle. This story had me completely mesmerised and I can't get enough as this happens to be one of my favourite paranormal series.Cipher and Lyre are great main characters. There is Hatred. Revenge. Cruelty and romance. The suspense sure kept me on the edge of my seat! Absolutely loved it. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Another Good Installment.I miss them all ! The whole demonica gang, especially the Seminus siblings. They didn’t make an appearance here though since the story revolves around Azagoth and his realm. I always love the politics of heaven (Reaver) and hell (Revenant) and how one character is link to another to get the Demonica series keep going. I love this new addition to the whole plot of the story. They’re definitely amassing all types of species for the Final Judgment. We’ve finally got Fallen Another Good Installment.I miss them all ! The whole demonica gang, especially the Seminus siblings. They didn’t make an appearance here though since the story revolves around Azagoth and his realm. I always love the politics of heaven (Reaver) and hell (Revenant) and how one character is link to another to get the Demonica series keep going. I love this new addition to the whole plot of the story. They’re definitely amassing all types of species for the Final Judgment. We’ve finally got Fallen Angels included in Team Heaven. I really wonder who’s pulling all the strings and putting all the pieces of the puzzle in its rightful place. So looking forward to Reaper. Thinking about the future books got me so revved up in thinking more theories on how it’s all gonna play out.
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  • Ariadna Basulto
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan huge fan of the Demonica Underworld series by Larissa Ione for a very long time. So I was beyond giddy at the thought of a new story to dive into and had to get my hands on Cipher immediately. I really liked Cipher’s story and being back in the Demonica universe. I loved Lyre and Cipher. Their story felt whole to me and although I of course wished it was longer, I was very happy with the story. Larissa Ione manages to infuse this novella with just as much passion, romance, and I have been a fan huge fan of the Demonica Underworld series by Larissa Ione for a very long time. So I was beyond giddy at the thought of a new story to dive into and had to get my hands on Cipher immediately. I really liked Cipher’s story and being back in the Demonica universe. I loved Lyre and Cipher. Their story felt whole to me and although I of course wished it was longer, I was very happy with the story. Larissa Ione manages to infuse this novella with just as much passion, romance, and action as her full length novels. We also get to revisit with past characters and loved that! Not only is Cipher a perfect lead into the upcoming full length Demonica novel Reaper, but it made me want to dive back into the world and re-read the series again. 4 Stars
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this.Apparently this is the last novella before the next full book and it sets the stage perfectly. I always wondered how Unfallen handled being transformed in True Fallen angels and this book answer that... they don't instantly become evil, it slowly pours into them if they resist it. Cipher and Lyre are definitely resisting.This makes me wonder, what if, when Satan is definitely defeated (he will be, right?) there is a way for True Fallen to purge the evil from their souls and become ang Loved this.Apparently this is the last novella before the next full book and it sets the stage perfectly. I always wondered how Unfallen handled being transformed in True Fallen angels and this book answer that... they don't instantly become evil, it slowly pours into them if they resist it. Cipher and Lyre are definitely resisting.This makes me wonder, what if, when Satan is definitely defeated (he will be, right?) there is a way for True Fallen to purge the evil from their souls and become angels again? It would be awesome!In the meantime, I'm waiting for The Reaper. This novella opened a lot of little questions and I'm sure we'll know the answers in the new story about Azagoth!
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read a 1001 Dark Nights novel that I didn't enjoy and I'm pleased to tell you that the trend continues.My enjoyment of this story was enhanced by the fact that I have now read some more of the preceding stories, so I have more of a handle on the wider Azagoth story arc, as well as some of the supporting characters who make an appearance here.And I'm not going to lie, what happens to Cipher is a bit twisted, whilst at the same time being completely and utterly right for the story.  The I've never read a 1001 Dark Nights novel that I didn't enjoy and I'm pleased to tell you that the trend continues.My enjoyment of this story was enhanced by the fact that I have now read some more of the preceding stories, so I have more of a handle on the wider Azagoth story arc, as well as some of the supporting characters who make an appearance here.And I'm not going to lie, what happens to Cipher is a bit twisted, whilst at the same time being completely and utterly right for the story.  These two together are fab, and the entire tale is just another darkly delicious morsel.More please!I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    I continue to be fascinated with Larissa Ione's imaginative creations in the world of Demonica. She writes paranormal romance with her own unique spin on things. Cipher is no exception. The relationship between Cipher and Lyre starts as one of antipathy, gradually (and believably) changing to love. The cyber aspects displayed in the story add an unusual twist. I'm looking forward to reading her upcoming novel Reaper to learn how Azagoth will deal with the issues left unresolved in Cipher.
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