Sunday, May 21, 2017

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Dark Contender

HD Smith is a software developer by day and an author of kick-ass Urban Fantasy at night. She grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997. She has a Masters degree in Computer Science, but her love of writing has really unleashed the creative siren in her soul. 

Dark Contender
The Devil's Assistant Book #4

One final contender stands between Claire and claiming the Fallen Throne—but Faith isn’t giving up without a fight. Defeating Faith and taking her blood isn’t all Claire has to worry about. She must find the last few drops of her own original blood—before the big three usurp her realm and end any chance of her completing the prophecy.

Mace offers a strong shoulder, but as long as Claire aches for the missing Thanos, she can’t let herself lean on it.

Meanwhile, the Oracle has emerged from a 500-year hiatus to gleefully fling monkey wrenches into Claire’s timeline. Claire loses several hours to one of the hag’s schemes, resulting in Faith getting away with the Prince of Time. Which definitely isn’t part of the prophecy.

Putting the Time King back together again won’t be easy. Even if Claire manages to gather all the parts, nothing fits like it did before. The cracks expose the truth that will change everythingincluding who’ll be the last man standing by Claire’s side. 

Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle:

~Edition: Audio book
In the riveting conclusion to H.D Smith's unparalleled Devil's Assistant series, Dark Contender brings everything together. It answers all of those little questions that popped up throughout the series, and takes you on yet another thrill-ride with the wonderfully constructed characters and arc that we've come to know and love through the last 3 books.

First, let me say that this series brings about some of the best worldbuilding I have ever encountered. These are not for speedy surface readers. There is too much depth and way too much going on for anything other than an involved pleasure read.

As an add-on to the worldbuilding, the mystery is incredible. The twists and turns keep you guessing, and I can guarantee, that nine times out of ten, you won't be right. I figured out part of the twist in this last installment, but even somewhat knowing what would be coming, H.D had me surprised.

It's almost impossible to write reviews for these books, as I found out with the last few. But in generalities, I can tell you that if you like paranormals with large-scale worldbuilding, characters that you will care about--both positively and negatively--mystery, suspense, action, and yes, even some smexy romance, you simply must check out these books! Leave your life behind for a bit and get lost in the in between, you won't be disappointed.

Dark Contender