• Elysium

  • Fire & Brimstone Scrolls, Book 6
  • By: Nikole Knight
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Riley and his angels have finally found their Elysium, and together, they will defend it. 

After enduring two months in Purgatory at the Seven’s mercy, Riley Shepard emerges alive but forever altered. To protect his angels, he must embrace the powerful darkness inside him, or risk the fate of the realms. 

The universe trembles under the feet of Hell’s armies, and it is time for Riley and his angels to fight. They fight for honor and justice, for freedom and family. But most of all, they fight for love. For in the end of all things, it is love that will save them. 

Let the final battle begin.

Elysium is the final book in the M/M+ harem/poly romance series, Fire & Brimstone, featuring hurt/comfort, passionately protective guardian angels, steamy love, and an unlikely hero who finally accepts his destiny. Join Riley, Gideon, Jai, and Noel in this epic conclusion to their once-in-a-lifetime love story! Trigger warnings include: aftermath of trauma, violence, gore, and death.

©2020 Nikole Knight (P)2022 Nikole Knight

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solid finish

A Joyfully Jay review.
Story: 3.5⭐️
Audio: 4.5⭐️

Elysium is the conclusion of the main story arc in the Fire & Brimstone Scroll series and is not a standalone. Therefore, this review contains spoilers for earlier in the series.

While escaping Purgatory and being with his angels again were the only thoughts keeping Riley alive during his captivity, after spending two months being tortured, experimented on, abused, and honed by Lucifer to kill angels and revel in his darker impulses, Riley is no longer the sweet, innocent boy he used to be and months later is still struggling with his anger. His angels mostly treat him with kid gloves (with Gideon being the only one willing to call him on his behavior) and the committed bond he accidentally created with Jai is fraying. Not safe on Earth, the fractured family is building a home in Utopia and trying to create a safe place for Riley to heal and deal with his trauma.

Unfortunately, escaping Lucifer doesn’t stop Lucifer’s hold on Riley or make Utopia safe, as the mission into Purgatory unearthed Lucifer’s obsession with creating a hybrid army to conquer all realms and having his unwilling angelic incubators and the children they carry taken from him will not go unanswered. With the Archangel Council being thrown into chaos after the exposure of Malachi’s betrayal and Riley’s unique powers as a hybrid, the archangels are even more desperate to keep Riley as an ally and weapon, and the depth of Riley’s hatred of Lucifer makes him more than willing to be the means to take him out, despite his angels’ desire to protect him. However, for Riley, the safety of his angels comes first and foremost and when the battle finally arrives, Riley’s choices may cost him everything.

Elysium is a solid conclusion to the series, and frankly, a respite from the almost trauma-porn tone the series had fallen into, for although Riley has a lot to deal with and work through, it’s mostly done off-page in therapy and him lashing out/hurting his partners is typically mentioned rather than shown. Having sat with my review for a while after finishing the book, I still can’t tell if I truly liked the shift in tone/style of the narrative or if I was just relieved to not be drenched in the aftermath of more trauma. That being said, there is still a lot of much needed on-page emotional development and closure for the quad to be enjoyed. Riley’s imprisonment has left him rightfully furious, traumatized, and off-balance. On the one hand, having his psyche and angelic and fallen halves fully connected gives him complete access to his powers and makes him more mentally stable in some respects; on the other, he’s angrier, more prone to violence and mercurial, and struggles with controlling the bloodthirsty, cruel parts of himself and reconciling how many beings he killed and his enjoyment of it.

While Elysium takes place during an extremely volatile time for Riley and Utopia, there isn’t a lot going on; the majority of the story is Riley cementing his individual connections and relationship dynamics with his angels and navigating the realities of their polycule. Riley’s experiences have given him more maturity, so he is much better at communicating, pushing through his discomfort/embarrassment/hurt to talk to his angels and work through issues, as well as standing up for himself and his need for equal partnership (especially with Gideon). Interspersed amongst the family issues are a few meetings with the new Archangel Council and training sessions with the soldiers in Riley’s unit, but Lucifer almost feels like a nonentity at times as his specter and war is mostly a background detail until the final battle pops off in the third act.

While, this quieter, less physically and emotionally demanding tone works in some ways, there is a kind of “rinse and repeat” feel to the story, as important events get mentioned in passing and only highlights of what Riley is going through (usually involving sex or navigating sexual issues) are explored. There are also some things said that aren’t actually developed and/or contradict the narrative. For example, Uriel mentions how Riley has changed Utopian structure and society for the better, but there is no indication of when or how he does this other than making a passing remark to Gideon about how unfair it is angels can’t choose their own path—the brilliant deduction at the core of the first war. There’s also a scene where Riley is told he’s not some kind of Chosen One…except for how he is. Moreover, the ending of this almost 11hr audio book and 6 book series feels rushed given all that had gone on in the previous book, specifically, and the more measured (and at times glacial) narrative progression the series had until the latter third. At the end of the journey, I was simultaneously left with the feeling that the series could have been at least one book shorter, but was also too short as it left quite a bit on the table; even the epilogue just glosses over certain threads and issues. However, I think those looking forward to the emphasis on the romantic and relationship progression among the quad will enjoy the more tell not show nature of the emotionally heavy and more action-oriented elements.

As he’s done since the first book, Kirt Graves delivers a lovely, moving performance and ends the series on a high note. While a few of his character voices are a bit off here and there, Graves does a lot of emotional heavy lifting, especially in the moments that get the summary treatment. He conveys Riley’s underlying anger, distrust, ambivalence, and other feelings to each round of therapy or training or fighting in a way that makes moments that could come across as monotonous while reading feel lived in and distinct. It’s almost enough to distract from the dubious ending. I definitely know I enjoyed certain facets of the series more because of Graves’s narration, and would recommend those who’ve gone on this journey finish with the audio book version of Elysium.

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Final Book: Worth Listening To

This series has been a rollercoaster of emotional events and Kirt Graves just takes the storyline to another level with his narration. Please listen in order, you won't be disappointed.

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Beautiful


This was my first read of 2021, and I'm glad I started the year with it. Elysium made me laugh and it made me bawl my eyes out. The deaths were hard to read about, because the sweetest of them died, but the HEA was SO GOOD after all that pain. I'll remember this series for a long time and I see many rereads in the future.

Audio Review 07/2022: Just finished listening to the audiobook and oh my god. So many tears. I had to pause it so many times to grab a napkin. It wrecked me, but definitely in a good way. in

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All the emotions

I am so glad I listened to this series as I found the story and the narration epic. I was so happy with the ending. The writing is beautiful, intense, and emotional.

Kirt Graves rocked this series and brought me into a world deeper than I probably would have gone if I’d only read it. Kirt brings the emotions.

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the time to say goodbye has finally come

Kirt Graves does a good job on the 6th and final installment of a very long, emotionally difficult series to read/listen to at times. While I love his voice and narrating style, he is not strong with accents, especially British ones, which does make it a little uncomfortable at times when certain characters are speaking throughout the entire series. Our cast of characters, both main and side, have really been through a lot and we are finally in the home stretch. As the book starts with Riley in a dark place emotionally, finally getting lighter before the last and final battle, Kirt is able to present the agony and heartbreak and the silly very well. So many lives lost, and torture both physical and emotional and befallen our 4 and I am sad to say goodbye to them. A strong series but I do think it could have been compacted into 4 books, not 6. If you’re looking for a paranormal slooooooooooow burn, I would recommend this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook.

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Great ending!

Words can't express how much I enjoyed this series. This is the final book and it it makes me sad that it is ending but what a doozy of a finale! Kirt Graves is excellent as always!

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Love this series!

Elysium is Book 6 in the Fire & Brimstone Scrolls series and needs to be enjoyed in order as it's an ongoing series. I love this series and this book was a bittersweet conclusion as Riley, Jai, Noel, and Gideon get their happy ending after a final battle. I've enjoyed watching the growth of all the characters, especially as Riley discovered who he was and where he fit into his angels' lives. I'm sad to see the series end but now I can start it all over with fresh eyes and ears. I definitely recommend this series and I recommend listening to it. Narrator Kirt Graves does an amazing job with the entire series. Listening to him has really added to the enjoyment of this series.

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Fantastic conclusion

Elysium was an amazing end to an amazing series. There were some seriously emotional moments that tore at my heart but it was so good. I couldn’t get enough of the series and didn’t want it to stop. I’m so sad to say goodbye to these characters. I loved the world and this ending was very fitting for these characters and made me so happy. This is an amazing series to enjoy but it’s not for the faint of heart. There were so many emotions.

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Amazing ending!!

Now this whole series has been amazing. So I couldn't be happier with this conclusion to this amazing series. Yes this series had me on an emotional rollercoaster but I absolutely love seeing how Riley, Jai, Noel and Gideon relationship develops. I just could stop listening to Kirt Graves narration. He does an amazing job and I love all his voices. Such an amazing series!

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Painful but enjoyable

I loved this book there are moments that are hard to listen to because I didn’t want to see any of them hurting there were times when I felt things were skipped over that I’d have liked to have seen but other than that I enjoyed listening to their journey of rylee healing the battle retraining and finding a way to interact together after everything they’ve been through there was one thing at the end that I didn’t like but I don’t think I was supposed to like it that I wished hadn’t happened but other than that I enjoyed how this ended

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 07-21-22

Loved it!

This is the last in the series of this MMMM+ Poly Harem romance.

I found this one to be sweeter than the others in this series and enjoyed the overall storyline

I strongly recommend listening to this one in the series order for maximum enjoyment.


The narrator performed an amazing audio delivery and narration


Definitely recommend

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  • Agne
  • 07-19-22

The sweetest and most enjoyable book in a long while

These series have been incredibly soothing to my soul. I am very grateful to the author for writing such a beautiful story, with a wonderful world and characters who were so easy to fall in love with. The diversity and inclusion in the books shine so lovely. It brings to life how important acceptance and understanding of the diversity in us as creatures of this universe is. It’s a highly recommended read / listen for everyone who needs a reminder that at the end, love is all that truly matters. Kirt Graves is a genius at his craft and is the incredible voice behind the characters. It’s a smoothing, captivating and heart wrenching listen.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 07-18-22

Brilliant end to the fantastic saga

“Violence, gore, and death.” Oh, and “aftermath of trauma”. Yeah, those trigger warnings very accurately sum up this epic end to a series I’ve enjoyed tremendously. As I’ve journeyed with Riley, Gideon, Jai, and Noel, I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that bonds can transcend journeys into Hell. I’ve learned that different kinds of relationships can mean different things. I’ve learned what one is willing to sacrifice for those he loves. And I’ve learned to never fall in love with a secondary character because they might come to a horrific end.

That ending was inevitable as the final battle took place. Good vs evil. The Gods against the inhabitants of Hell. A battle that needed to happen for order and balance to be restored.

I’ve enjoyed these books – dark themes and all. Watching Riley mature has been an interesting process. Seeing certain bad people get their comeuppance was weirdly satisfying. Seeing the four men come together and form a relationship was touching.

I also happened to like the epilogue – especially what has happened to Riley. I wanted him to have a happy ending and he certainly got that. I’m off to listen to another very different type of book from this author. I love her creativity and switching between subgenres. But always giving me epic romances. Always giving me great loves. Always giving me hope.

I have to toss in that my love for the series increased with the skilled narration of Kirt Graves – he just did an amazing job and I’m so glad he helmed the books.

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  • Magnus
  • 07-18-22

Superb

A fantastic addition to an amazing series by Nikole Knight. Was great to spend more time with the characters. Kirt Graves did an amazing job with the story
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 07-18-22

Perfect conclusion

This series does not run out of steam in this final volume. The quality of all preceding volumes was maintained and even exceeded here. Riley and the angels have to fight with all they have to save their world, themselves and their love and it is a fight that you aren't sure at times they are going to win even though it is expected in the genre. The heat level goes up in this volume, both the heat of battle and the heat between our characters and it is all superbly written. A don't miss entry in a don't miss series. Kirt Graves is a favorite narrator and he brings all the emotions and all the heat to his performance here.

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  • Amelia
  • 07-18-22

The Power of Love

I knew this final chapter of Riley's journey would be explosive, but words can't describe how much this story made me feel. Once again Kirt Graves did a fantastic job narrating these amazing characters, and I could barely tear myself away as I listened to everything unfold. I cried multiple times as I experienced all the fear, hope, pain, and love in this book, and what a captivating and wonderfully written send off this was. Riley and his angels had already been through so much together, but until the threat of Lucifer's uprising was extinguished once and for all, I knew they'd never truly be able to find peace. The first half of this audio was deceptively calm as these men took some time to recover and train up before the impending battle, and it was during this buildup that I got to witness some of the most soul-deep love imaginable. Yes, Riley does end up bonded to all his angels before all is said and done, and it was absolutely incredible to experience the passion, bliss, and pure love that led to each pair's decision to cement their bond. Nikole Knight treated each of their bonding moments with such respect and reverence, and I swooned endlessly over the sheer beauty of their connections taking root in their souls. I'm glad I stored up all those happy memories, because as the final battle raged on, it tore at my heart and hope until I thought surely there was no way for these beloved characters to make it out alive. Once again, Riley, Jai, Noel, and Gideon demonstrated how fiercely loyal and strong they each were, and even as the battle took and took from them, they never wavered in their resolve to see it through to the very end. It's safe to say that none of the characters in this story walked away from that fight without scars--physical or emotional--and more than one of the individuals I've come to love didn't make it out at all. Nikole Knight painted a harsh but realistic picture of the aftermath of such a world-changing battle, and as much as it made my heart ache, I can't imagine things unfolding any other way. There was something so fitting about Riley being the one to make that last, pivotal decision, and you'd better believe I was full-out sobbing all the way through that scene. I almost can't believe that this series is really over now, because it's held such a special place in my heart. I'm relieved to know that the worst has passed for Riley and his men, and I'm incredibly satisfied with the way their journey concluded, but wow is this going to linger in my mind for weeks. 

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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  • KBR
  • 07-18-22

Elysium

The epically perfect end to the series. I have enjoyed this series so much, and this book brought it together beautifully. There are so many different emotions. You won't be disappointed with this series or its end.

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  • Bookoutbelow
  • 07-18-22

So sad it’s over but so perfect!

This series easily has become one of my favorites. I’m not even a huge poly fan in my stories, but Knight does it so perfectly. And with Kurt Graves narrating? It’s complete perfection. I definitely cried in this one, and my heart nearly leapt out of my chest, but the main takeaway throughout the whole thing was the love these men shared, and it was everything.

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  • alias11
  • 07-17-22

Beautiful, sad, suspenseful, passionate ending

Warning: There may be slight spoilers in this review.

This was a wonderful, beautiful, sad, suspenseful, passionate, and (for some) tragic ending to an incredible saga. Riley went through so much heartache and pain, only to be told that there is always more to give. In the end, he has to make a choice and I waited on pins and needles wondering what his choice would be. The meeting with the Maker was beautiful. Not all those we have come to love survive the war. Many join Bo and Blue, and others may wish they had, but I found the conclusion fitting, and I loved the epilogue. I am sad to say good-bye to these wonderful characters, but I loved this saga, and I am so, so, so glad to be able to say that there are finally reasons to smile. So worth the pain, and I am fully satisfied.

Kirt Graves narration continues to be excellent. He does a fantastic job giving the characters individuality, personality, and passion.

I received a free copy of this audiobook through Gay Romance Reviews and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 07-16-22

Elysium

A perfect ending to an amazing series!
I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of such a fantastic journey filled with friendship, betrayal and fear but above all else love.
Each relationship has grown and strengthened throughout the series and it will be difficult to say goodbye to the boys. I do hope we see them again in the future, it would be a shame to say goodbye forever.