Thursday, April 30, 2015

Forgotten in Darkness by Zoe Forward

Title:  Forgotten in Darkness
Series:  Scimtar Magi #2
Author:  Zoe Forward
Published:  January 3/14 by The Wild Rose Press (1st published September 22/13)
Length:  356pgs
Genre:  urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★+

Back Cover Blurb:

After an unjustified two-century stint in purgatory, Scimitar Magus Dakar returns to the human realm, renewing his eons-old curse. Either he or the woman he loves must murder the other within days of meeting in each new lifetime. To break the vicious cycle, he must kill her before she strikes her deathblow, something he's never done in the past.

Archaeology grad student Shay McGinnis suffers a near-death attack in pursuit of a piece of Scimitar Magi lore. But did the magnificent warrior who pinned her to the wall injure her or the daemon he fought? In her search for answers, she draws the attention of both an ancient evil sorcerer and the warrior Dakar. The attraction between her and Dakar is instant, and for Shay confusing. She wants to be with him, but intuition equates him with death. Not random death. Hers.

Will this be the lifetime they break the curse before they are murdered by an age-old enemy or worse kill each other yet again?

My Review:

What a story! It was fast paced and action packed, wildly imaginative yet completely believable, incredibly hot & tenderly sweet. Forward’s fluid writing makes this story very easy to lose yourself in. Her descriptions and narrative bring the world to life in a vivid yet realistic manner that allow you to picture this going on right next door to you.

I found the bochnori to be one of the coolest concepts I’ve ever encountered in a novel. Forward did a fantastic job of developing in in an in depth and captivating manner that truly added to the story. I love the academic bent behind this story. It doesn’t detract from the action packed, magic filled past pace of the story, but it definitely adds a great deal for those of us so inclined.

As far as antagonists go, I really don’t like Terek. He’s the ultimate bad guy, right down to the creepy factor. I appreciate the fact that Forward develops all of the Magi as in-depth characters. They play key roles in the current story without overshadowing the main characters. And the main characters in this novel are out of this world. Separately they are unforgettable individuals, together they are unbeatable. I love the combination of raw & studied in Shay. She was a blast to get to know. Dakar’s conflict between long held beliefs and betrayals is poignantly set against his warrior personality. Together their explosive chemistry and heartbreaking history are unforgettable.

I devoured this in less than 24hrs (and went to work in there somewhere too, counting down the minutes until I could read some more). It held me captive to an extent not even reached by the Black Dagger Brotherhood. It was a fantastically unforgettable novel that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others and will definitely be rereading time & time again.

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