Nov 4, 2011

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Review: Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur (Dark Angels #2)

Urban Fantasy
October 25 2011
Mass Market Paperback
341 pages
Dell Books

Kick Ass Chicks – Risa Jones

From Goodreads –
Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder—even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer—for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa’s psychic powers. Quid pro quo.

Someone—or something—is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa’s father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa’s destruction.


*Le sigh* Well, she did it.  Keri Arthur managed to make me doubt one of the characters I enjoyed the most in the first book in this series.  I told people how much I liked this character and how I was glad that Keri hadn’t chosen to kill him off after book one because I was hoping to see more of him.  He’s sexy and pretty and a good match for Risa.  Not necessarily a love match, but their chemistry was amazing and reading them together was hot!

But I may be getting ahead of myself here.  Let’s start at the beginning.

Darkness Rising is the second book in Keri Arthur’s Dark Angels series.  Book one, Darkness Unbound, was spectacular.  I loved every moment of it and could not wait to get my hands on this second book.  Thank goodness the release dates were close together so I didn’t have to wait long.  And now that I’ve read the second book, here’s what I have to say about it:

I liked Risa in book one and I still like her very much.  I love how she handles things.  How even though she’s half-shifter and half aedh, she’s no superhero.  It really helps make her relatable and likable.

I think Risa’s friends and family are wonderful and I enjoy reading about her interaction with them and their interaction with each other.  Those scenes are very well written.  They make you feel like you’re right there in the room with them.

I found there was a little bit of repetition in the descriptions of who was who in the beginning of the book.  I know it’s important for the author to refresh our memories of who Lucian is, who Riley is and so forth and what happened in the previous book, but I think telling us once would have been enough.

Speaking of Lucian, I can’t believe Keri managed to plant doubts in my mind about his intentions with Risa!  I thought he was so yummy in the first book.  The perfect character to complement Risa!  Now…I am actually thinking that he may be the ultimate bad guy!  *GASP!* Now, is Keri writing him that way to surprise us with who the real villain is or is he really the ultimate evil in this series?  She sure has some major writing chops to pull that off.  (And those of you who read this book, please let me know what you think of this!)

Azriel! Oh.  My.  Swoon.  Book one, he was okay for me.  Actually, I didn’t feel much towards him.  Probably because I was drooling too focused on Lucian.  But in Darkness Rising he is SO yummy!  He is a Reaper warrior of sorts (you’ll have to read the book to really understand what he is because I don’t know how to start explaining it lol).  The longer he stays in human form, the more human emotions and mannerisms he adopts.   He’s actually funny and flirty now!  Even though Risa doesn’t quite see it, he is!  He really is!

The way the book plays out was very similar to how book one played out.  Many of the things that occurred there happened here.  But there is a big unexpected fight near the end with an ‘OMG Oh Crap!” moment that made up for it all.  Not that reading this installment was terrible or anything like that.  It was still a good book with good a solid story and great characters.  I just found it a little ‘been there done that’.  We’ll see what happens in the next book, Darkness Devours, which is slated to hit shelves on June 5th 2012.

Once again, we get the main story arc which will be the base of this series and a side story that gets resolved by the end of this book.  I find the way the story dances from one story to the other very good.  The pace and the story flow very well.

Overall, I enjoyed Darkness Rising.  Risa is wonderful and I look forward to many more books/moments with her.  The book starts off on a bit of an emotional note that is quickly replaced with fun action and go go go.  And let’s not forget Azriel…Yum.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’And here I was thinking you were stuck like glue to my ass until everything was done and dusted.’

‘Well, at least it is a most suitable ass to be following,’ he said, and winked out of existence.

Leaving me a little speechless.  What sort of compliment was ‘suitable’?


“She rose and clasped my hand.  ‘Be careful, young woman.  Evil nips at your heels, and that is not a good thing when your dark angel is not by your side.’

‘I can protect myself,’ I said.  And tried to ignore the suspicion that I’d just tempted fate.

Adeline smiled.  It was a knowing yet sad smile.  ‘Yes, you can.  Except in the areas where it perhaps matters the most.’

I sighed.  Why couldn’t people just come out and say what they meant?

‘Because,’ she said, a smile touching her thin lips, ‘speaking in riddles means we can never truly be wrong.’”

Books in the Dark Angels series –
Darkness Unbound
Darkness Rising
Darkness Devours (June 2012)
Darkness Hunts (no release date yet)

  1. My comment:
    Team Azriel!
    Die Lucien, die!

  2. Ooh phew! I was worried about my precious Azriel there for a moment when your review mentioned Keri has turned one of the men bad. I’ve had a sneaky suspicion about Lucian since the beginning so I’m glad it’s him!

  3. I’ve already told that I was shocked you were never into Azriel in the first book but I’m so glad you are now because he so had subtle awesome chemistry with Risa that I loved in the first book and I have to agree with Marcela Lucien should die a slow and painful death he’s a jerk and I don’t like him at all I thought he was too smooth and full of himself and I just didn’t like him. If he really was going to be with Risa full time I don’t know if I’d be able to stand it! :p
    Oh other than that great review! 😉

  4. I like the sound of her books so I must go forth and investigate 😉

  5. Bookaholic Cat – LOL

    Carmel – I think if it was Azriel, Keri would have a mutiny on her hands. lol

    Ally – *sigh* I really thought everyone loved Lucian in book one. Apparently not. LOL

    blodeuedd – Definitely investigate away. 🙂

  6. Hmm, you have me intrigued with this series, I am going to check out the first one.

  7. Oh I really need to read this series… It sounds amazing. It’s always nice to be surprised by the character, so the story isn’t predictable. One more book to add to my huge wishlist.

  8. I remember your review for Darkness Unbound and I placed it on my TBR list. This series sounds so good and I am hoping to be able to read it sooner than later. Right now I’m basically booked up until 2012 so I don’t think I’ll be able to touch anything new until then. 🙁 I love how the author is keeping everyone on their toes about the different characters and I always love to see how characters develope throughout a series and how your opinions change on them from book to book, I know that happens to me a lot. BTW, I LOVE the cover for this book! The colors are just eye catching. Thanks for another great review Julie and I’m sorry you’re going to have to wait until June 2012 to continue it.

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