Book Review

by Keri Arthur

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

RT Rating

Like its predecessor, this fourth title in the Dark Angels series is just okay. Watching the relationship between Risa and her reaper protector, Azriel, develop is enjoyable, but the action that makes up the bulk of the story is lacking. It starts out as a continuation of the last book, but quickly veers into another quest entirely. Then that conflict is solved too abruptly and easily. Though the characters and their world have great depth, the story from book to book is just too meandering.

Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is still on a quest to find the lost keys to Heaven and Hell. On a trip to the realm between life and death to interview a ghost who may provide a clue, she sees a man strangling a woman and intervenes. When it turns out the man is a serial killer in real life, Risa must track him down and stop him before he kills again. Meanwhile, she and Azriel are figuring out where they stand after consummating their relationship. (SIGNET SELECT, Nov., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Leah Hansen


Published: November 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Darkness Hunts

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on November 6, 2012 - 10:14am.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
If you follow my reviews, you know that I'm a huge fan of Keri Arthur's. You also know that I LOVE the DARK ANGELS series. So, when I received an advance reading copy of Darkness Hunts from the Publisher in return for an honest review I was thrilled. I have absolutely devoured every installment of the series thus far with nothing but rave reviews and couldn't wait to see what happened next.

This book was a little different than the ones before. It wasn't quite as action-packed; at least not until closer to the end. It was, however, one of the most emotion filled books I've had the pleasure of reading all year. The over-all feel of the story was incredibly visceral and while immersed in the tale I almost found it hard to breath in sections because it was slightly overwhelming (in a completely wonderful way). I switched rapidly from doubt, betrayal, frustration, yearning, worry, fear, apprehension, and many more. There was something incredibly organic about Darkness Hunts and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though for different reasons than I loved the first three books of the series.

I have to be honest and say that I'm not sure if all fans of the series will like this installment. Keri gifted us all with something we've been waiting long and hard for in Darkness Devours and Darkness Hunts doesn't quite continue that gift giving. It instead pulls back, and in doing so, explores the more human side of the characters. It was beautiful and yet utterly frustrating at the same time.

Risa continues to get herself into bind after bind and Keri takes us, as readers, along with her. There's actually a quote from page 237 of the ARC that I have to share because it's gorgeously written and so encompassing of the series thus far. Risa's dwelling on things that have happened and thinks: "...because I knew, no matter what, there was no going back. This path, this journey, was leading me inexorably into darkness, and I knew with every fiber of my being it was a darkness from which I would not escape."

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Darkness Hunts 5 Skulls for its viscerally organic nature and beautiful prose that literally made my heart ache, as well as for an ending that will have all DARK ANGEL fans clamoring for more!