Risa is constantly on the move, working to defend herself, keep ahead of her enemies, and manage her complicated love life at the same time. Risa is only half-werewolf, but she has a very healthy sex drive and she does not shy away from it, or feel guilty for having lovers. She has been hurt in the past by lovers, so she is cautious, but she accepts her nature and does her best to not over-think or over-analyze her sexual encounters.
The plot definitely moves forward in Darkness Devours. I am very happy with Darkness Devours, I am thrilled that Risa is continuing to grow and to learn more about her Aedh abilities. At the same time, I am eager to find out what happens next. The Dark Angels series is shaping up to be a series that I will happily follow for years. As long as Keri Arthur keeps writing the books, I will keep reading them.
I love diving into the Dark Angels world, the setting and world is thoroughly thought out, the characters are well-developed and engaging, the action is thrilling, and there are plenty of steamy scenes. Jan 05, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: Read the 3 star reviews, everyone else has already said it better than I will. Look, the book was fine but it didn't add anything to the series and there were a lot of issues.
I'm still a fan but the series doesn't have the impact that the other series had. It's tough to be compared to your own work, but inevitable. The biggest thing in this book that stood out was when Risa said that what was going on was far bey Read the 3 star reviews, everyone else has already said it better than I will. The biggest thing in this book that stood out was when Risa said that what was going on was far beyond Riley and Rhoan's experience and capabilities. Send them to America or something if you really want them out of it.
Because clearly the girl with no experience before any of this started except some personal protection training sessions isn't as capable as those two heroes, even with her abilities. And Riley can talk to ghosts, BTW, could have helped. And the choice to make the book entirely about distasteful vampire politics and not advance the key story at all was really odd.
I haven't even bought into the key story, I don't really get it, but it is the foundation for the series, it's why Azriel is here, it's probably why Lucien is screwing with Risa, it's the center of the entire plot, so to skip the whole thing for the whole novel strikes me as just trying to keep selling more novels by stretching things out more.
The story that was there was mostly fine. Lucien is still a total jerk and it's starting to look like he's using some sort of magic on Risa to control her, but she's fighting it. Nothing has been said so this isn't a spoiler, but I think he most somehow be the bad guy they're looking for, no one else is in the book and he wants revenge in the people who tore his wings off. I don't think anyone is taking the threat he could represent seriously enough. Overall it was an ok book with a lot of holes, especially when you compare it to the tighter stories that I've come to expect for the author.
I have to just jump right in on this one, not gonna recap The Dark Angels series definitely has its own merits and I love components of it, particularly the heroine, Risa Jones. But all through this third Dark Angels novel, Darkness Devours , there are things that really drove me bananas, and totally distracted from otherwise enjoying the story. Lucian, Risa's Ae I have to just jump right in on this one, not gonna recap Lucian, Risa's Aedh lover.
He is constantly manipulating her and, for the most part, with her permission. She is stubborn in placing trust in him, despite his shady behavior and the glaringly obvious inconvenient for her facts, everyone can see clear as day, except for her. Even though she knows he is lying and could be using her to get his revenge, she continues to tangle with him and it really bugs the crap out of me.
In fact, the best parts of the book for me was when she was blowing him off. So, merits to her for blowing him off, but she still never kicked him to the curb, and that is long overdue. The progression of her relationship with Azriel, her Reaper guard, as well, really irritated me. He is the man in this love triangle I am rooting for, and yet everything fell flat with them as well. They took a step forward together, which we've been waiting for through the 2 previous books already, and then took one giant pause that had me feeling unsatisfied.
To top it all off, we've also got an old flame who did her wrong thrown in, named Jak. Risa's hormones are bouncing all over the pages through every chapter, and I just wanted to shake her and say "Enough! She keeps doing all this awful sh! Risa can seriously do this without her.
No matter how much it seems to want to be stressed that Risa needs the Directorate, and the Vampire Cazadors, to help solve the mystery, each book we learn they don't know sh! And enough with the kidnappings already! Every single book she is kidnapped, multiple times, and her life is threatened if she doesn't do the fraction's bidding.
After so many times hearing "you have hours to do this for us or you'll die", it loses all effectiveness. One of the things that I love most about reading Keri Arthur is her outstanding ability to write a very strong Urban Fantasy heroine who is immersed in this richly dark and paranormal version of Melbourne.
Risa can kick ass and takes names, but is also a highly sensual and confident creature. There is fantastic gore, violence, and mythology with a little bit of erotica thrown in, and it's done seemingly effortlessly. Arthur creates characters that you feel for, because look at this passionate rant her book has evoked from me. The plot is very complex, and the mystery is very well done, when we're spending time with it, but damn there was just too much of a lover-square it's like a triangle, but with an extra guy going on for me. There is no doubt that Ms.
Arthur can write a wicked story and keep you entertained, but this installment left me with too many parts in which I was either frustrated or annoyed. All in all I can't say the book was bad, it wasn't. Darkness Devours kicked ass in some areas, but stalled miserably in a few critical areas that have me less enthusiastic over reading the next book.
And that makes me sad. Come onnnn Darkness Hunts Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews View all 11 comments. Sep 02, Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it Shelves: We do what we have to do—we track these people down by whatever means necessary. Risa has only 72 hours to prove herself by finding what is cannibalizing vampires or else she will be executed.
Risa really wants to stop these gruesome acts on humans but she knows that to do so would only be foolish. Darkness Devours continues with Risa trying to find the remaining two keys her father is forcing her to find. Risa is still being watched closely by friend and foe who want to get their hands on the keys either to open the gates or to keep them closed.
These gates have the potential to unleash hell on earth or to keep souls from reincarnating which will not bode well for the human race. Risa foolishly enlists her horrible ex-boyfriend Jak Talbott for his skills as a journalist. Risa is still trying to find out who is behind the murders. She has a name but she needs more information on this secretive man and Jak has the skills to find him.
Little is seen of the sexy and mysterious Lucian, which is fine by me. I think there is something fishy with him anyways even though Risa trusts him for some reason. Risa is having conflicting emotions about her relationships. She is still too scared to surrender to her feelings and hides behind self-deprecation and hurtful words. She is worried about having her heart broken. Darkness Devours is action-packed and intense. The two different storylines play out equally, the key storyline plays out heavily but still adds more mystery to the story that will be played out later.
Risa is learning some hard lessons that are going to play into her immediate future. In the end, Darkness Devours is the book I have been waiting for in this series and not just because of the sexy Az. This novel really delved into both storylines which seem to have more in common with each other instead of being separate cases. This was a pivotal book in this series and it has sold me into this world. I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next in Darkness Hunts. And perhaps in the end that will be less dangerous for us both. And he was wrong on both counts.
He was breaking all reaper rules, and I was risking my heart yet again—how could any form of relationship between us not be considered dangerous?
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost . Darkness Unbound is the first book in Keri Arthur's newest series, Dark Angels. . And there was no way that I'd read about a character slut shaming my girl Riley. Darkness Unbound is Book 1 in the Dark Angels Series by Paranormal and Urban Because the little girl's soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn't.
Nov 27, John rated it liked it. Fierce flesh-devouring teleporting creatures from Hindu myth invade Melbourne, Australia to prey on vampires and the vampire council will kill our heroine if she doesn't stop the slaughter! Lots of gore and dismemberment, demonic bloodhounds, disembodied evil priests, two animated magic swords that try to merge with their bearers, a somewhat mysterious reaper companion, an ex-lover she has to work with, travel through gray fields, travel as a disembodied fire being, face shifting, answering to h Fierce flesh-devouring teleporting creatures from Hindu myth invade Melbourne, Australia to prey on vampires and the vampire council will kill our heroine if she doesn't stop the slaughter!
Lots of gore and dismemberment, demonic bloodhounds, disembodied evil priests, two animated magic swords that try to merge with their bearers, a somewhat mysterious reaper companion, an ex-lover she has to work with, travel through gray fields, travel as a disembodied fire being, face shifting, answering to her uncle in the Directorate, enigmatic orders from her disembodied father, and a frustrating main quest to keep the portals of hell from being unlocked! What a melee in this book!
I still like the series, so three stars, and I already bought Darkness Hunts , but I think I need a long breather before I jump back in. Dec 28, Natasha rated it it was amazing. Keri Arthur is one of my top three favorite authors, if not my first. Everything she writes is imaginative, creative, thrilling and sensual. I haven't read a book by her that I didn't like, and with so many under her belt, that's saying something. My favorite series was of course the Riley Jensen series, but this one is a very close second.
Risa is a character that will get stuck in your mind. Her actions, humor and kick butt attitude is fun and memorable. Not to mention the characters are extremely compelling and fresh. Oh, and there's a few hot tamales of course. A new character that plays a decent size role is Risa's ex Jak.
At first I thought I wouldn't like him, being that he was a jerk and walked all over their relationship, but he grew on me. He's not the male I want to see with Risa of course, but I do want to see him stick around for a while. I'm not to hot on Lucian anymore. There's just something he's hiding that bothers me. Sure, he's hot and makes Risa heat up, but he's just not Azriel. Azriel is a one of a kind character. I love everything about him, even when he's being a sook or withholding information. Risa and him and just.. As story lines go, this one was exciting and well built. Which wasn't a surprise being that Keri Arthur wrote it.
When I only had a hundred pages left, I began to panic. I didn't want it to come to an end.
Luckily, Darkness Hunts will be released in Novemember, so I'll try to survive until then I'll highly recommend you pick up this series, or any Keri Arthur series now. Stop what you're doing and drive to you're closest book store and buy a Keri Arthur Book! So I was doing my normal scan of the book's in wal-mart while I was grocery shopping and then, what do my eyes spy?
But a new Keri Arthur book, and I won't lie I did a fan girl squee. Yes, it earned me many a strange looks from the women and children looking as well but it was well worth it. Keri Arthur is probably on my top five favorite author list. She never gets old and that is saying allot given the amount of works she has written. I know when I pick up a book with her name on it, I am not go So I was doing my normal scan of the book's in wal-mart while I was grocery shopping and then, what do my eyes spy?
I know when I pick up a book with her name on it, I am not going to be disappointed. I actually keep up with release dates since I get so invested with her series but with Darkness Devour I was caught off guard given the busy schedule my life has taken. So it was an awesome surprise to pick up the third installment of the series. Fan's of Risa's Reaper, this book is the one for you. I was clenching the sides of the book until my knuckles were white with anticipation as the moment grew and then seemed to fade, only to grow again.
This was a moment that took three books in the making and I was not let down! That is the best thing about Arthur's books, her relationship's are complex, they don't meet and fall in love in the first five chapter's like so many other books do. No, they struggle with it and you can't help but become involved in the character's life as you silently will them together. I also like that with the action she pack's into her pages, it doesn't seemed rushed, it is like a movie script and if I closed my eyes I could see each punch and spray of blood.
Aug 29, Farah rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another annoying story in the series I stubbornly persist in reading. Lucian rapes Risa in this installment of the series. Loud and clear for all to read. And how does she react? She is mildly annoyed! Yes, she does kick him out.
And yes, she does tell him to stay away but, her reaction is severely lacking! I mean the guy friggin raped you!! And not only your body, but also your mind!!! And your only reaction is to wait till he's all done before you tell him to stay away for a couple of days?!?!?!? And your only reaction is to wait till he's all done before you tell him to stay away for a couple of days?!?!?!?! One bright side that came out of this book is that she and Azriel finally get down and dirty, and my oh my, I admit, it was worth the sludge I had to muddle through at the beginning to read that.
Beyond that, the story was annoyingly frustrating. The author still relies on the few phrases she has all but bored us to tears with throughout the Guardian series and up until now. I mean, for someone with so much imagination, dear author, your phrases have turned into mindless repetitions.
I'd understand if your characters have their own catchphrase sentences that they repeat often, but repeating the same descriptive phrases over and over gets old… fast! Come up with new analogies and wanna-be-funny similes or whatever else type of phrases you choose to constantly repeat. The story line is somewhat interesting, but I. My current suspicion is that he is a Raziq under cover…. Until the last book is out, I read on. Jun 21, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: There are Aedh hunting Risa for her ability to bring them the keys they require.
Lucian is playing games with Risa and not just phsically.
Azriel, her protector, is showing a more human side and this opens up the possibility for a more intimate relationship. Darkness Devours is action packed with lots of dark and devious plans coming from all sides. She has to come to terms with her past heart ache caused by Jak Keri Arthur has created a marvelously dark and desperate world for the heroin Risa to traverse. It is a fabulous experience to follow her through these difficult situations. Throughout Darkness Devours she stays true to her friends and family. Darkness Devours is a great dark fantasy paranormal story. Feb 16, Josephine McNabb rated it really liked it.
Risa is no further forward when it comes to the keys. This book centers more on the side missions rather than the overall plot of the series. Her mother is hardly mentioned and it's easy to forget that her death was the reason for Risa's involvement with Hunter. The bit that really quite annoys me is that Risa seems to be more of a passive heroine rather than an active one, like Gin from the Elemental Assassins series and Kate from the Kate Daniels series. It's like all this stuff happens So It's like all this stuff happens to her, Hunter drags her in to work out who is killing blood whores and why.
And what happened to the deal that Risa wouldn't kill anything, just hunt it? That seems to have been forgotten. Risa just kind of seems to float from one disaster to another, from one capture to another, running herself into the ground and losing her spark. I do love hating Lucian. I also find myself loving Azriel as the series progresses. He does what he can for Risa but he knows something that we don't and I need to discover what it is!!! Jak is one character that you are probably supposed to dislike, but I love him for who he is.
He's cheeky, focused and lightened the mood with Risa when she is too focused on the missions for too long. And I love Amaya! She is one awesome sword. I totally want one. Having been an avid fan of Keri Arther for a number of years now, it doesn't surprise those around me that I grab onto any new releases she does.
I have loved every book Keri has ever written and was thrilled that she side lined the Riley Jenson series with the continuation of Risa Risa's first two books were fantastic, breath taking, but for some reason I can't find the words to fulfil the feelings of this 3rd episode - it simply blew me away!! I don't know what has happened between book two Having been an avid fan of Keri Arther for a number of years now, it doesn't surprise those around me that I grab onto any new releases she does.
I don't know what has happened between book two and book three but somehow Keri has upped her writing and I was caught on every single page of this book, absolutely thrilling and I'm spent up on emotions having finished it!!! Risa is a wonderful character, I loved her as a little girl in the Riley series and I adored her mom I was always a fan of Keri Arthur's, right from my first series of Ripple Creek Sep 18, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: I think that I am enjoying this series much more than the Riley series.
As I said before My feelings about Lucian have been right from the beginning.. I really dislike him. I don't agree with others that feel that this book didn't move the story forward. We are getting to see Risa realize herself what she is capable of and just how far she is willing to go to survive. I think this is important, because she needs to know before she gets to the really hard stuff that is coming.
The experience with Amaya is a perfect example. This is definitely not a static character. My biggest issue is that after reading the first 3 one after the other, there are quite a few descriptions that seem to be repeated over and over, in the same exact wording. I'm sure I wouldn't have noticed if I had read them as they came out, but it bothered me none the less.
I cannot wait for the next one! Risa Jones, is half werewolf and half Aedh, who is reluctantly working for Madeleine Hunter to solve her mother's murder. Risa doesn't like keeping secrets from those she loves and cares about but doesn't really have much choice. Risa's Aedh lover Lucian is keeping things from her and his dislike for Azriel is pretty much mutual. Azriel is a reaper and Risa's protector.
Risa is being drawn further into Hunter's web and she doesn't see a way out anytime soon. Can Risa resolve Hunter's newest prob Risa Jones, is half werewolf and half Aedh, who is reluctantly working for Madeleine Hunter to solve her mother's murder. Can Risa resolve Hunter's newest problem? Will Risa finally act on her feelings for Azriel? Your answers await you in Darkness Devours. This series keeps getting better with each book.
I don't trust Lucian as far as I can throw him. Azriel has a bit more of my trust than Lucian. Risa is worried for her friends. The story is definitely building and suspenseful too. The characters are real, raw, honest, compelling, interesting, and unexpected too. I look forward to my next adventure in this series. Oct 29, Kristy rated it it was amazing Shelves: We finally get to see Azriel and Risa's relationship grow in this book.
There is just something about this reaper who is not suppose to feel anything make my heart melt when he cracks little jokes with Risa when she least expects it. I can't stand Lucian and I wish Risa would just end it completely. I have a feeling he might be behind some of the things going on. I think he has a hidden agenda that's not quite out in the open. She is just blinded by the good sex. T Loved this book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur.
Darkness Unbound Dark Angels, 1 3. 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: Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Darkness Unbound , please sign up. I started reading this before I realized it is a sort of spin-off of the Riley Jensen series. Do you think it would a good idea to read Riley Jensen series before continuing on with the Dark Angels series? Jasmin I have never read the Riley Jensen books, so I couldn't say, but I think this is its own series, it's full of adventure, lust, excitement.
I'd …more I have never read the Riley Jensen books, so I couldn't say, but I think this is its own series, it's full of adventure, lust, excitement. I'd definitely recommend at least giving the first book a shot, if you don't like it, don't continue. Just started reading this book after reading some of the Riley Jensen books. It refers to Riley and Liander having children together?? Can someone explain this to me. Amy Beth Liander is the sperm donor, Riley the eggs. See all 5 questions about Darkness Unbound….
Lists with This Book. Jul 07, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: So I guess this is a spinoff from the Riley Jensen series which I really enjoyed for several installments, then stopped reading because I got frustrated with the main character and her wolf problems. The world is interesting and the bad guys were motivated and some twists at the end were pretty awesome. I liked her friends too. I So I guess this is a spinoff from the Riley Jensen series which I really enjoyed for several installments, then stopped reading because I got frustrated with the main character and her wolf problems.
I guess I don't feel strongly one way or another about this book. I enjoyed the plot, I enjoyed the side characters somewhat. I think I lost respect for the main character when was acting soooo stupid with the guy she "randomly" hooked up with half-way through the book. I'm all for interesting naughty scenes, and I guess when you're in a werewolf club it's orgy-timez in this world, but seriously her giving some random wolf some "handling" on the dance floor while her dude was participating behind her was just TOOOOOOOO unsanitary for me to be like, "YEAH!
And how could those club hottubs be clean after behavior like that? I was thinking about skin rashes the whole time. I might pick up the next one later. But she seriously needs some hand sanitizer in that club. View all 4 comments. Aug 28, melissasbookworld rated it really liked it Shelves: It's a spinoff from a prior written series, called the Riley Jenson Guardian series. I was afraid since I haven't read the prior written series yet, that the world building and all that would be too superficial and that I wouldn't understand a lot of its workings because authors do not always take the time to expand the worldbuilding in a spin-off.
But I am so happy to say that this wasn't the case, at all! So there are some characters from the other series returning in this one, so for that, I'm sad that I haven't read the first series yet because I love cameos. But as for the world-building; it's awesome, sooo awesome!! I gobbled it all up. These paranormal elements are exactly what I love to read about. The writing is really addictive and made this such a joyful and fast-paced read. The worldbuilding, story-line development, the characters and their development are in perfect balance with one another. Character talk Our main character Risa Jones is a half werewolf and half Aedh and she's a really interesting character to read about for that fact alone I think.
Whom I both adore! Despite her not having a job that entails killing things, she can kick some serious ass and I love her for it thanks to the serious 'just in case' training she received from some of the characters you get to meet in the Riley Jenson series She's quirky and funny and I love her determination of not giving up. I fell in love hard with Azriel, the Reaper we get to know early on in the story, even though there's another romance interest for Risa present in this book, Lucian who is fun to read about but he doesn't hold my interest the way Az does.
Our reaper, this 'Dark Angel' or also known as the Mijaj, was something I was really interested in reading about right from the very first page. They're warriors who fight the evil that comes through the gates of Hell. He isn't overly present in the story and is more of a minor character as the main character at this point, but I loved reading about him a lot. He's really closed off in the beginning but as the story progresses, this mysterious reaper definitely shows some emotions and I can't wait for this to unravel some more and for him to open up, hopefully in the next book.
I love reading about closed-off warriors who'll do anything to protect you and whom hopefully become a serious love interest later on, lol I can only hope at this point.. I like the minor characters present and as I said, the fact that there are some characters present from the Riley Jones series is really awesome, especially for fans of that series. I can't wait to read that series as well, because I'm really intrigued by these characters already. Then there are also two friends of Risa present who I really like.
This all feels like a bit of a 'standard' thing for books like these, to have two best friends present who stand by our main character throughout it all. There's definitely nothing wrong with that, because I really liked them, but it was just something I noticed; that this is written down in a same set-up in a lot of other similar series as well haha. But I have to say that the sex scenes in this book are a bit unnecessary I think? When is sex ever really necessary you might think?
But normally I just really like a sexy romance is written into stories like these! Unless some particular character is going to play a bigger part in it all, in which case I understand why he's being introduced in the series as Risa's current 'sex buddy', lol. Romance wise I feel like there's something good brewing beneath the surface and I really hope it'll continue developing in the next book because I love both characters involved.
But the added sex scenes felt like they've just been added to the book to just have them in it, you know what I mean? It didn't feel like it blended in all that well into the story it was fun reading though, make no mistake about that, lol so that was a bit of a bummer I guess. I do understand the 'why' behind it all because our main characters is half werewolf and they have quite a huge sex drive and all that, so it was good to see the author give some attention to that side of being a half werewolf and their natural instincts.. Overall, I think this is a really awesome first book in a series that has some amazing paranormal elements present.
The story-line was interesting, mysterious and I really like the way it's progressing and it makes me excited to continue reading the series. I loved the characters a lot and if I feel this way now already, that hopefully means, they'll only become more awesome in the next books. I do hope there's a believable romance building here and that I'm not imagining things, because that's the only thing I'm still missing now haha. Risa is on her way to becoming a new favorite heroine of mine! Riley Jenson Guardian is one of my favourite urban fantasy series.
Unlike some authors, Keri Arthur managed to keep Riley tough and awesome for nine books. I love the world, I love its politics, its problems, its heroes and villains, various rules and all those different races and beings that inhabit it. So I knew Dark Angels had some big shoes to fill.
I will be able to see just how well it does that after I finish this series too since it's not fair to judge it by one book compared to the nin Riley Jenson Guardian is one of my favourite urban fantasy series. I will be able to see just how well it does that after I finish this series too since it's not fair to judge it by one book compared to the nine I loved.
Risa Jones made her first appearance in Riley Jenson Guardian series as a beautiful half-Aedh, half-wolf tiny girl with some very intriguing talents. While one can enjoy this series without reading the previous, certain things which Keri Arthur doesn't bother to explain here a great thing in my opinion , are explained in Riley Jenson Guardian. Their attitude towards sex, for example, is great and unapologetic. Neither series is for prudes! I won't even bother listing stuff that annoyed me there are a couple of them.
This first book is an introduction to Risa Jones and the things that probably shape her into something even greater later on. The only thing I would recommend is to read Riley's stories first if for nothing else but to know this world a bit better. The important thing here, also, is that while this is set in the same world, Dark Angels expands it rather than use what is already there. The Aedh are not simply mentioned here. Overall, as far as I am concerned this is a great continuation of an already well established and interesting world.
I have not read this author before but I am aware that her Riley Jensen series appears on many favorite lists. Therefore, when I found out that Keri was writing a new series that takes place in the same world as her Riley books, I jumped on the chance to give it a try. Darkness Unbound is an angel book…but not. I did not feel as though I was missing out on some vital information not having read the previous series.
Was I curious about how some couples and situations came to be? But did it hinder my reading experience of this book? The main heroine in this new series is Risa Jones, a half werewolf and half Aedh. An Aedh is a being that can take human form while on earth or can turn into a sort of mist. When in mist form, no one can see or hear them and they can travel to the gray planes, the place between light and dark. There is more to it that that, and it is way cool, but that would be the best I can do. And since she is a Halfling, she stays in her human form but can call on her Aedh side and transform to mist.
I really liked Risa. She is strong and self-assured I loved her confidence when she went into any situation but she knows how important a strong support system and is not afraid to admit when something is way over her head. He is an Aedh but has a story to tell about it.
And boy oh boy is he yum-my! He and Risa together are electrifying! I hope hope hope he is a constant in this series because they are great together. The world Keri created here is very intricate and the details of it are amazing. Reapers follow people around for a little while before they are due to die. Risa can see them and it kind of bums her out. Souls can be redeemed and almost all are one day reborn. And as I said, all the different beings and characters mixed into all this makes this a really cool world. But I never felt overwhelmed by information. The story happens while you learn and then takes off from there.
I enjoyed the pace and found it read really well. I like when a UF series is written that way. I already have it written in my planner. There are keys involved. It still breaks my heart just thinking about it. With amazing characters, riveting storylines that weave together beautifully and action mixed with emotion that grips you from page one, Urban Fantasy fans will find it practically impossible not to dive in and not look back.
View all 3 comments. Sep 25, Amber I. AwesomeSauce Book Club rated it it was amazing. I loved Darkness Unbound! I think I am going to be just as addicted to this series as the Riley Jenson ones. Risa is just as kick ass as Riley is. This book was seriously so addictive, I didn't want to stop reading it. Its packed with some awesome and unique supernatural characters, a few sexy men I am loving the reaper lots of action and mystery and a few heart breaking moments.
I am so excited to r I loved Darkness Unbound! I am so excited to read the next book. If I had the money I would be buying it tonight at midnight and probably staying up all night to finish it. I definitely think you should read all the Riley Jenson books first, mainly because I love them and you would be missing out, but really its not necessary. And if you have read the Riley books then you need to read this one, its amazing, I love it! View all 5 comments.
After all it follows the grown up Risa from Riley's books! Definitely a character that would be worthy of having her own series! And there was no way that I'd read about a character slut shaming my girl Riley. Years later chatting with another Goodreads friend After finishing Riley Jenson's series I immediately looked towards the Dark Angels series. Years later chatting with another Goodreads friend and discussing why I hadn't read the Dark Angel books it hit me.
That other Goodreads friend wasn't telling me that Risa had slut shamed Riley, but that Goodreads friend was slut shaming both Riley and Risa! Strong female leads who own their sexuality are so hard to find! Ones who are brave with their image and body.
Female leads who aren't hung up on a million different reasons why their first time was bad, that sex is bad, and all kinds of other sex issues. Maybe even a bit more. While the sex isn't anymore over the top than some of the Paranormal Romance series out there, it is maybe a bit more then what some Urban Fantasy fans are used to. But let's be honest sex is a big part of both genres anymore. So when a female character owns her sexuality I am for it.
Risa isn't an amazing character just because she owns her sexuality. No she's awesome because she's really smart and badass! But she is not Riley. Risa is a rich spoiled girl who is still afraid of bugs and other strange things. At first I found her super rich status with a famous mother to other famous people annoying.
It didn't take long for me to warm up to Risa. Her life hasn't been easy. If her friends or loved ones are in trouble girl steps up! With Riley, Quinn, and Rhoan you know the girl has some mad skills! There are some fun tie-ins to the Riley books with plenty of cameos. None of it feels like oh-here-is-a-character-you-love blatant cameo! Besides awesome female leads Arthur always populates her worlds with fantastic and diverse characters.
Which is exactly what she does here. I wish more authors, when done with a beloved series, could still write in their old series universe. Plenty of sexual humor, talk, thoughts, and so on. Sex, and even a mild threesome. Originally reviewed at Book Whispers. I am disappointed in this book. I went into it expecting to read a new story - not another story about Riley.
Now - do not get me wrong, love, love Riley - but I thought her story had ended. Not only did she play too big of a role in the story, i. Really - Rissa is just mini-Riley. All of her values, mores and desires imitated every one that I read in Ms. Big fan o I am disappointed in this book. Big fan of the world the author creates, the story she weaves, but I thought I was reading a new one. The Good Maybe something is wrong with me because I just couldn't get into this book but many seem to have liked it.
But this is the good part of my review, so let's start with that. We meet Risa as a baby and then child in the Riley Jenson series. I was super excited for Risa to have her own series because her character always interested me. She was a little freaky and adorable at the same time.
And anyone who has read the Riley Jenson series knows that Arthur can write an amazing book. So suffi The Good Maybe something is wrong with me because I just couldn't get into this book but many seem to have liked it. So suffice it to say, I had high hopes. Risa is a one of a kind character when it comes to abilities. She is half werewolf and half Aedh. Though she can't change into a wolf, she has a whole other bag of tricks, like changing her facial features to resemble other people and becoming one with the air having no physical form so no one can see, hear, or feel her.
Her unique abilities did make the book a little more original for the genre. We get to see our old, beloved characters from the Riley Jenson series which was nice. They are Risa's second family and would move mountains for her if asked. They are more behind the scenes, helping Risa and working on cases since that's what they do. And even though her family wants Risa to stay out of this soul-stealer case, she simply can't help herself. Especially when her friends might be the next targets. Risa's friends, Tao werewolf and Ilianna witch , are her other second family.
They work as a team and will do almost anything for each other. They have a really cute relationship, and I loved the story on how they came together. Oh, in case you didn't catch it, this girl has a lot of second families. Give me a sec, have to let the jealousy simmer down Risa's love interest is Lucian, a full Aedh. You can't help but like him, he has a straight-forward attitude and just wants to have fun.
He has this air of mystery about him, too. There is more to him than meets the eye and that only makes him more yummy. But the true mystery is Azriel, the reaper charged in following Risa until he gets the answers his superiors desperately need. He may seem unmoved for most of the book but we all can see there is something deeper, something raw about him that is just dying to get out.
If anything would make me continue this series, it would be him. I want to know his story. The Bad Very little gets resolved in this book which was frustrating. But that didn't bother me too much. What really bothered me was Arthur's need to tell instead of show. As a writer, I am actually surprised that this book got published. There were so many scenes that could have been more intense, more frightening if Arthur followed the basic writing rule of showing instead of telling. I found myself bored most of the time. It has taken me over two weeks to get through this book. I found myself putting it down and reluctant to pick it back up.
Plus, the plot was predictable and I could often guess what was going to happen next. I was really disappointed with how average Risa is as a character. She is nothing like how I envisioned the little girl from the Riley Jenson series would be as an adult. Maybe if I hadn't read the other series, my expectations wouldn't have been so high and I would have liked this book more.
Some of the characters' interactions were very "Brady Bunch. The Snuggly Of course there's sex scenes. Arthur always has sex in her books. Werewolves are lascivious beings who need release often. Risa is not much different. There are two hot sex scenes that I thought were fun to read. They were playful, which helps the blush that will no doubt cover your face when reading these scenes.
Overall There was some very scary and suspenseful scenes throughout the whole book that held my interest. The plot was simple which is acceptable on occasion. I did like some of the characters and would be very interested in learning more about them. But as a whole, I did not enjoy this book. I would only recommend it to people who want to test out the series because they loved the Riley Jenson series so much.
Many have enjoyed Darkness Unbound, so let your gut tell you what to do. I did want to mention that many of my gripes are based on my writing experience. I do believe people who just read for fun and do not care about the technical may find this more enjoyable than I did.
Nov 18, VampireNovelFan rated it liked it Shelves: I honestly went into this thinking it was the beginning of a new series, not a spin-off of 9 prior novels. Maybe that's why it was hard to really get into this book and into this world, but I did try. She also has the added perk of seeing soul reapers who guide these souls to the next life. It's not Risa's favorite thing to do. And we soon learn why when she is sent to help a little girl who is comatose in a hospital.
A somber, but routine visit goes horrible wrong when Risa learns that the little girl's soul was actually stolen, robbing her of the choice to move on. It leads back to a supernatural creature that's been collecting souls. Risa will have to do all she can to solve stop them. It leads to revelations that put the world as she knows it at risk. She has a daunting task ahead of her and needs all the help she can get.
But will she get it? This series has a well developed world, which seems to go back to the Riley Jenson novels. It's so developed that I couldn't always keep up at times; I will be honest and say that there are things I can't even remember now. It made it somewhat difficult to get into the story. Not to mention, there are a number of characters introduced so it's hard to pin down their personalities and decide on how I feel about them.
I tend to read novels primarily for the characters and if they are lacking, then my readership follows. I don't like how the sex is handled in this book. I wasn't expecting Risa to be such a hoe, being quick to hop in the sack She doesn't even need to know their names, or their true intentions towards her! I'm no prude or anything, and the books thankfully don't make it the main focus of the plot, but this is a double edged sword because it feels arbitrary and pointless.
It was a failed attempt at being edgy and the characters' relationship suffers for it because it doesn't give the reader any sense of a genuine bond, especially towards the end where one lover is completely MIA and a chance for decent development outside the bedroom or club dance floor is lost. I wasn't completely gripped with this book until the very end if you could believe it, but I was determined to keep trucking on.
I feel like it has potential with the number of creatures we learn about and worlds that we'll no doubt continue to explore in future novels, so that alone is why I will give the second book a chance. And by the end Risa has motivation, drive, and an overarching mystery plot line that I genuinely want to see her solve. But does this make me want to backtrack and read the Riley Jenson books? Not really, though that could change later on. View all 10 comments. Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews 4.
Risa Jones is half-werewolf and half-Aedh, enabling her to enter the realm between life and death. She can also see the reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Reapers are the beings who guide souls to heaven or hell, while the Aedh are the gatekeepers guard the gates between heaven and hell and mortality.
Either the gatekeepers are no longer able to guard the gates, o Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews 4. Either the gatekeepers are no longer able to guard the gates, or they simply no longer want to. They might have decided it would be simpler to permanently close the gates to heaven and hell, not only stopping demons from escaping but preventing souls from moving on.
Keys were created to permanently lock the gates, but now they have gone missing before they could be used oops! This book is like WHOA. If my summary above is any indication, this is some seriously dynamic world and character building. Keri Arthur has built a very complex and unique setting here and magnificently so. In fact, most of this book is really setting up all the different fractions and players that are vying for the keys to the gates between the light path and the dark path.
She does all of this with ease, while never dumbing-down anything. The pacing is awesome, and she keeps the action going. Risa is an unabashedly sexual creature and she owns it. Lucien Dupont, the Aedh who Risa meets and takes as a lover kept me on the edge of my seat because on the one hand his chemistry with Risa was just smokin off the pages, but I never fully trusted him either even though he appears to have genuine motives. Regardless, I wanted to definitely know more about him.
Then there is the mysterious reaper, Azriel, who has synced himself with her chi and follows her around. Yes, you read that right. Also, there are a lot more characters that appear and play critical roles in this series from the Riley Jenson series than I was expecting, and I loved it.
Go forth and read, my friends. Here is the Dark Angels reading order: View all 7 comments. I should never have doubted Arthur. Loyal and new readers alike will love the Dark Angels series. Risa is such an amazing heroine that I instantly loved. Arthur has made a fun, kick-ass heroine who possesses wit, intelligence and determination that I admired. Risa is half werewolf and half Aedh which allows her to see reapers. I have to say that the Aedh part of her really intrigued me.
In addition to a great lead in Risa, there were two other things that really made this book for me. Iliana is a witch whereas Tao is a werewolf who wields fire. I have to say out of the two, Tao really stood out. He provided that comfort and strength that Risa needed many times during this book and I found that his presence really made the book for me. Also, Risa has a love interest in Lucian Dupont, a fellow Aedh. This man is sexy. Then Risa has her very own reaper in the form of Azriel, the sword-wielding warrior. Surprise, surprise, I loved him too!
Arthur does a really great job of creating distinguishable characters that are fun and memorable. Secondly, the pacing of this book is perfection. The words just flowed. There were no dragging moments. Arthur allows for small reprieves for her characters but this book is really action-packed, filled to the brim with the paranormal. And I loved every moment of it!
I highly recommend this series. View all 32 comments. Oct 06, Stacey Kennedy rated it it was amazing. This book is a prime example of why Keri Arthur is one of my favorite authors! Her memorable characters, impressive world-building, intriguing plot lines, kick-ass action scenes, scorching love scenes that had me rereading them to savor them just a little bit longer, and even that very last chapter that had me blubbering all over the page Besides being a great UF writer, you also have a very vivid naughty mind.