Friday, April 27, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Darkness Devours

Keri Arthur author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.
Darkness Devours, Book #3 of the Dark Angels series
Author: Keri Arthur

Synopsis: Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa 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…
Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson]:
I have said before, and I will say again, that the Dark Angels series zoomed to the very top of my 'favorite Urban Fantasy series ever' list immediately upon completion of the first book, and each new book that comes along afterward solidifies its position at that precipice.  
This installment was absolutely no exception to the rule.  In fact, if it's possible, this is the best book yet - though the last 2 have been so incredible it seems ridiculous to even say that.   
Darkness Devours picks up where Darkness Rising left off, with Risa still attempting to see her quest to fruition while working with some unsavory allies and dealing with the fallout of her last mission.  The complexity of her situation and the dangers continue to pile up, and she is dealing as best she can.  
Yet again, the relationship between Azriel and Risa builds and provides the reader with an incredible amount of delicious tension.  The relationship arc between these 2 has been building wonderfully over the last 2 books and there is a point in Darkness Devours where you finally feel like there will be relief, only to be left wondering once more - just as Risa and Azriel themselves are left wondering.  
Paranormal Romance readers may not love what Keri's been doing with these two.  It's definitely not your get-together quick and end up with a Happily Ever After at the end of a book scenario, but if you're a true Urban Fantasy lover, you have to both respect and crave what she has done and continues to do in this series, and even though it's not PNR friendly with regards to the quick HEA, PNR readers won't be able to deny the magnetism or the unbelievably hot romance evident throughout these books. 
Darkness Devours was another intriguing, action packed, sexy, witty, suspenseful, emotional thrill ride set in a dark, dangerous, sensual, thrilling world, and once more I didn’t want it to end!
Risa goes through so much in this series, but that just makes her more respectable as a strong female lead.   And as a wonderful book should, you are drawn so far into her story that you can actually feel yourself getting exhausted by all of her trials and tribulations.  Add this kick-butt leading heroine to the beautifully woven world of Dark Angels and a supporting cast who lend wonderfully to the story arc and you end up with an absolutely incredible fantasy read.
LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives Darkness Devours 5 Skulls.
Like its predecessors, we HIGHLY recommend Darkness Devours for everyone! Keri Arthur fans will adore this series, but more than that, these books have EVERYTHING you want in a perfectly written Urban Fantasy. They are dark, dangerous, gritty, intriguing, and suspenseful, yet sensual, titillating and emotional.
I am so excited for the next installment of the Dark Angels series.  Keri continues to amaze.
Darkness Devours


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