Tuesday 3 February 2015

Review: Darkness Splintered - Keri Arthur

Risa has angered several powerful people, and now she's feeling the pressure from all sides. In particular, she's come under the eagle-eyed scrutiny of the vampire council - some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed. But then they decide to offer her a secret, bloody bargain: to save her own life she must help them defeat Hunter, the lethal head of the council . . .

As the search for the keys to hell heats up, Risa realises that she has no choice. For the sake of the people she loves, she must find the keys - and get rid of Hunter - before the next gate is opened and brings the world closer to all hell breaking loose . . .

Dark Angel Series:
(This is a spin off from the Riley Jenson Guardian series)
Darkness Unbound
Darkness Rising
Darkness Devours
Darkness Hunts
Darkness Unmasked
Darkness Splintered
Darkness Falls

Riley Jenson Guardian Series:
Full Moon Rising
Kissing Sin
Tempting Evil
Dangerous Games
Embraced by Darkness
The Darkest Kiss
Deadly Desire
Bound to Shadows
Moon Sworn

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I have been a fan of this series since the beginning but it really does get better and better with every instalment. Risa has been on a very steep learning curve when it comes to her adeh abilities but she is still discovering more that she can do and I'm loving seeing her character blossom. I've also enjoyed every minute of her relationship with reaper Azriel, they have some issues to work through in this instalment but they come out the other side stronger than ever and I was so pleased to see them on in such a good place relationship wise.

Risa may be confident about her feelings for Azriel but the rest of her life is very much in flux. Her best friend Tao is still struggling to gain control of the fire elemental that he consumed to save Illiana's life and they're facing the very real risk of losing him forever. Both Risa and Illiana are also dealing with the after effects of Lucian's actions in the last book. As if that wasn't enough Risa is being hounded on all sides by people who want her to find the keys to hell for them, she has her father, the Raziq, a crazed dark sorceress and Madeline Hunter - the terrifying head of the vampire council - on her tail and they ALL want the keys for their own reasons. Risa is working hard to try and protect the keys but it isn't easy when she is up against so many opponents.

This story was quite a hard hitting one, not as dark as the last book but there are some very surprising occurrences. Madeline Hunter seems to have completely lost the plot, there has been no love lost between her and Risa since the beginning but it looks like things are reaching the point of no return and Risa may end up having to face off against this incredibly powerful enemy. I'm sad that Darkness Falls is the last book in the series because I'm going to miss this world and the characters when I finish it but at the same time I can't wait to see how things play out for Risa and her friends.

Source: Purchased

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