The 5th book in the Dark Angels series. Risa is being torn in so many directions and it is definitely wearing on her. She has her father demanding that she find the keys to the gates of the otherworld to keep them from falling into the wrong hands and there are many others who want her to find them so they can steal them and open those very gates, Director Hunter has just found her lover murdered likely by an otherworld entity and is demanding that Risa find out who and turn them over to Hunter so she can have her vengeance, and there is the guilt of Tao who is losing his battle to the fire elemental that he consumed to save her and her desire to find a way to heal him. There are days when she wonders if the world wouldn't be better off without her.
I go back and forth on this series. The main plot seems to have seriously stalled out with new things just being thrown in for Risa to go deal with instead of the "all important quest to find the keys". Oh and sex, lots of sex, mostly inappropriately timed. Well, the inappropriately timed sex is still there but at least there are not pages and pages of it being written so I guess that is something but the yet another side quest does make for a tedious and plodding first 3/4 of the book. Then out of left-field all h*** breaks loose and the original plot line is back and moving forward at warp speed! I hit the 100p left mark and couldn't put the book down because I had to see where things were going and I was not disappointed. Lots of twists and turns I hadn't seen coming and now I'm excited for the next book again. I only hope that we can get rid of the side quests and focus on the main one and move the true plot along again.
Page count: 392p/23,267p/167,667p