Wednesday, September 28, 2011

104:82 Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur

This is the first in her new Dark Angels series set in the same universe as the Riley Jensen series.  It's been about 20yrs since we left Riley.  She has left the Directorate and has the family life she dreamed of and every Thursday, she has lunch with Dai and her daughter Risa.  Risa is now 28yrs old and as a half-Aedh/half-werewolf, she has some unusual characteristics.  She has some clairvoyance but what makes her very unique is her ability to see the Reapers, the energy beings who escort departed souls to the light or dark path and eventual rebirth.  Her mother has asked her to go pay a call on some friends to see if their daughter will pull through her illness and what Risa finds instead is that the child's soul has been ripped out and destroyed so there will be no rebirth for this little one.  Now she is being followed around by her own Reaper and everybody is after her trying to find out more about her father whom she has never met but who apparently holds the key to destroying the gates on the dark path.

Really loved coming back to this world but with fresh new characters.  There is just enough appearances by the familiar old characters to satisfy but their story was told and it's Risa's turn now.   As a part werewolf in this universe, there is definitely time spent getting hot and heavy but there is a good deal of character building, backstories, and plot that it's not just a simple romance.  If you liked the Riley Jensen books, especially the first four, you'll enjoy this one.  The second one comes out next month and I'm so glad I don't have to wait after the way this one ended.

Page count: 383p/24,630p ytd

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