by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read May 25, 2012
Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)
Length: 402 pages
Official Description: (This is book 1 of the Dark Angels series)
Being half werewolf and half Aedh, Risa Jones can enter the twilight realms between life and death and see the reapers, supernatural beings that collect the souls of the dead. But she soon makes a terrifying discovery: Some sinister force is stealing souls, preventing the dead from ever knowing the afterlife.
Reapers escort souls—not snatch them—but Risa is still unnerved when a reaper shadows her in search of someone Risa has never met: her own father, an Aedh priest, who is rumored to be tampering with the gates of hell for a dark purpose. With the help of her “aunt”—half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jenson—and an Aedh named Lucian who may have lost his wings but none of his sex appeal, Risa must pursue whatever shadowy practitioner of blood magic is seizing souls, and somehow stop her father . . . before all hell breaks loose.
Ok, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin-off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven’t read a single one of those books, but I didn’t feel lost in this world or anything, maybe there would have been a more clear definition to the world that has been created though. That being said I think this was a pretty entertaining book. I like the characters and I like this world that has so far been set up. I always find the first book in a series is a bit disappointing, mostly because you do have all this world building and character set up. I imagine the next book will be much more enjoyable. I don’t think I connected with the characters like I should have though. I really didn’t feel much empathy toward them as they were going through their struggles. I also find it irksome that there is SO much that happens ‘off screen’, oh that bad guy was taken care of? Awesome! I only had to get pummeled over here to distract the reader….? I have severe distrust in Lucian, mostly because I don’t know anything about him. Maybe we find out more about him in future books, but he seems like he’d be important since he’s mentioned in the product description.
I don’t know it just seems like everything was thrown together, and yes it was an enjoyable mess, but a mess none the less. I really do think things will come together in book #2, I mean this author has many series that are highly praised so I assume that she will throw it all together in a world that makes sense. Maybe I should have read the Riley Jenson series first, maybe that’s how this world will pull itself together. I’m not sure, but I’m willing to find out.
“May your ashes fill this place with the peace and beauty that was yours, and may you find that same peace and beauty in whatever path is now yours.”