Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: In the Company of Killers #3
Publication Date: March 3, 2014
Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.
And then Seraphina was gone.
It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.
But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.
Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?
Oh. My. God. This book! I saw The Swan and the Jackal a couple months ago and knew I needed to read it. Since this is the third book in the series, I had to start from the beginning. This book was always my ultimate goal though, the reason I started the series. The first two books were amazing; I loved them! But this, The Swan and the Jackal, was a whole other beast.
The first two books focus on Sarai and Victor, but this is Fredrick’s story. I loved Fredrik from the tiny glimpse we got of him in Killing Sarai, and then even more so in Reviving Izabel. But now, my love for Fredrik knows no bounds! Being in Fredrik’s head was … I don’t know how to explain it. I loved the darkness there. Don’t even try to analyze me.
Anyway, Fredrik works for a company of assassins. However, he is not an assassin; he is a Specialist. Fredrik is called in when information needs to be extracted from someone. And let’s just say that he is very good at his job. He becomes distracted and off his game when he gets involved with Cassia in order to find Seraphina, his former lover. I am totally sugarcoating the situation, because it isn’t quite that simple. I’m not going to get into details though or rehash the synopsis, it’s just something that needs to be experienced.
I will say that my black heart went through a lot while reading this! Holy crap, The Swan and the Jackal is absolutely beautiful in the most dark, gritty and effed up way possible. There were things that absolutely slayed me, but it isn’t what you would think it would be View Spoiler »What killed me the most out of the entire book was how he completely shut Izabel out « Hide Spoiler. And the ending … brav-freaking-o!
Sorry, but I need to have my douchebag moment: I knew it! I effing knew it! I was pretty sure I knew what was up when I read the blurb, but by chapter three I knew without a doubt what was going on. Ask Michele! I had to relieve my compulsion to share my prediction with someone, and she was the “lucky” recipient. The thing is, I think knowing what was going on the whole time put my emotions through the wringer more than if I hadn’t known. It was still a mindfuck of a story no matter what.
Seriously, The Swan and the Jackal was AMAZING. I feel like I can’t even adequately express the depth of my feelings for this book. So I’ll just leave it at that.
One more thing, I want to add part of Redmerski’s note to the readers so it’s clear what The Swan and the Jackal is.
What you are about to read is not a romance. It’s not a conventional love story. It’s not erotica. It’s not a New Adult title. As with all books in this series, please do not attempt to read it with any of the above expectations. In the Company of Killers is a series that can only be categorized as Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller and sometimes Romantic Suspense—yes, the series has elements of love, romance and erotica, but not enough they actually fall into those categories.