Review: Darkness Hunts by Keri Arthur

Darkness HuntsI suppose there’s always the danger during a long-running plotline of getting off track.  Author often create worlds with great complexity, and I can certainly see how it would be tempting to explore and take readers with them.  Unfortunately, that makes it all too easy to stall and lose sight of the main story.  Darkness Hunts is an example of just that, sending the main character off to do things that have nothing to do with the series’s direction.

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“Risa Jones, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, can enter the realm between life and death. She can speak to the dying and the dead, and she can see the reapers, collectors of souls. What she can not yet see is the identity of a stranger murdering women and draining their blood. Now Risa must summon her gifts to find him, even if it means putting her own life in danger. But Risa needn’t look far. The killer knows who she is.

He tells her his victims are infected by darkness and he’s fated to destroy them. Fascinated by Risa, he engages her in a sinister game: the chance to save the life of his next victim by deciphering his series of clues. In a race against time, she enlists the help of the reaper Azriel.

But as an attraction between them grows, so does the fear that the stranger’s motives are only part of a larger, more dangerous stratagem—one that that has lured Risa and Azriel into the dark.”

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Review: Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur

Darkness DevoursAs I read more paranormal romance/fantasy, I find that I like it when the authors make an effort to flesh out their supernatural communities in a unique way.  While there are certainly some elements that most stories have in common—the concept of a vampire “Long Game”, for example—authors will occasionally hit on something a little different.  Darkness Devours goes a bit deeper into vampire society while the characters investigate a mystery.

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“Half-werewolf, half-AedhRisa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts—and the investigative know-how of a man who broke her heart—to find a cabal searching for the power to control time, reality, and fate. And this is besides her work for the Vampire Council, half of whom want her dead.

But for now the Council needs her alive. Someone is killing blood-whore addicted vampires, and Risa must find the guilty party. If she succeeds, she may finally convince the council to lift the execution order on her life. But before she succeeds, she must first survive?”

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Review: Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur

Darkness UnboundI was a little afraid to pick up Keri Arthur’s newest series.  I wasn’t that pleased with her most recent Myth and Magic book, and I was hoping very hard that it wasn’t the sign of an author who had run out of ideas.  Thankfully, after taking a deep breath and picking up the first Risa title, my fears were put to rest.  Darkness Unbound returns to the world of the Riley Jensen books, with characters old and new.

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“Being half werewolf and half Aedh, Risa Jones can enter the twilight realms between life and death and see the reapers, supernatural beings that collect the souls of the dead. But she soon makes a terrifying discovery: Some sinister force is stealing souls, preventing the dead from ever knowing the afterlife.

Reapers escort souls—not snatch them—but Risa is still unnerved when a reaper shadows her in search of someone Risa has never met: her own father, an Aedh priest, who is rumored to be tampering with the gates of hell for a dark purpose. With the help of her “aunt”—half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jenson—and an Aedh named Lucian who may have lost his wings but none of his sex appeal, Risa must pursue whatever shadowy practitioner of blood magic is seizing souls, and somehow stop her father . . . before all hell breaks loose.”

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