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by Thea Harrison
Released: April 2, 2013
Series: Game of Shadows #1
Published by Berkley Sensation
“Gone is the banter and humor of the snarky heroines and the over powering alpha heroes of the Elder Races…Thea Harrison will sure to surprise her fans with this new genre she’s ventured in to.” ~Under The Covers
Gone is the banter and humor of the snarky heroines and the over powering alpha heroes of the Elder Races. Oh no, this series is different from that genre. Rising Darkness is a dark urban fantasy laced with magic and a hint of romance. Ms. Harrison had also brought in reincarnation, ghosts, spirits and added myths of fallen angels in to the story. Thea Harrison will sure to surprise her fans with this new genre she’s ventured in to.
Mary and Michael along with their comrades had come to this world over six thousand years ago. A total of seven, now only three, had given up their alternate world to pursue the Deceiver, who had plans to destroy the world. For centuries, they lived human lives and then reincarnated over and over attempting to pursue their goal.
The start of the story was bittersweet. Mary and Michael giving up their lives for the better good is quite a sacrifice. I was a bit sad for them, but I knew the plan was for them to get together again in the next world. I was certainly curious on how Ms. Harrison will work things out. Getting back together is extremely complicated. It took several years before they find each other, and when they do, recognition of whom they are can be an issue. Mary did not remember whom she was at first, and Michael was left with no choice but to stand back and wait. My heart broke for Michael when Mary didn’t recognize him. Imagine him having to go through that for many years…heart breaking.
The world building was elaborate and done well. Not one time that I felt overwhelmed. I have to admit that this is not a light read, but I enjoyed just the same. There were some gruesome scenes that would make you cringe, but it truly shows how evil and corrupted the Deceiver is. He undoubtedly has and will bring havoc to this world. Mary and Michael will surely have a long road ahead of them.
Like I said, Rising Darkness is a dark urban fantasy novel. If you are looking for a PNR with a happy-ever-after, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a dark urban fantasy read with a hint of romance and a dash of thriller, I recommend giving Rising Darkness a try
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