Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Darkening by Caris Roane

Title:  The Darkening
Author:  Caris Roane
Series:  Dawn of Ascension #2Guardians of Ascension #6.5
Published:  February 14th 2013 
(first published February 11th 2013)
Page Count:  234
Genre:  Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A tortured warrior and a peace-loving counselor battle to protect Second Earth against a powerful dark force…

He thwarted connection of any kind…

Fearing that his newly emerged grayle power will kill innocent ascenders, Samuel Daman struggles to keep his distance from beautiful Vela Stillwell. But the breh-hedden has struck and her light floral scent tears at his restraint. When the enemy draws them both into the darkening, a place of secret travel for Third ascenders, will Samuel learn to control his power, or will he destroy what he desires most?

She hid from grief…

Vela Stillwell wanted a new life, away from Militia Headquarters, away from the reminder of all she’d lost when her husband died five years earlier. Seeking a more reclusive occupation, she finishes her last day of work only to have Samuel Daman and the infamous breh-hedden sweep through her life. Though trying to disconnect from her new emerging power and from Samuel, the call of the darkening pulls Vela into an adventure that both terrifies her, yet reveals the truth about her deepest desires. Will she succumb to the breh-hedden, or will her fears prevent her from living life to the fullest?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book at times. Roane`s brilliant writing style and vivid descriptions call to you in such a way that you live this story. Being part of a series I was quite surprised to find that this book would be able to be read as a standalone without any trouble as to the world and what was going on in it.

I really appreciate how much thought and effort Roane put into this novel, and the series as a whole. She has put a huge spin on the much used vampire topic that will keep you captivated and provide you with an amazing world to lose yourself in. The interesting powers that these amazing beings have are definitely things that I`ve never seen before. That said, everything in the novel remains easy to picture and very down to earth and realistic. This thought and planning goes all the way down to the acronyms that she uses. They always made me giggle since they spelt the weirdest things, but I never once forgot them.

I found myself wanting to help the main characters through their trials, wanting for them to succeed. You really feel for these characters. The secondary characters were great and quite well developed. Most of them have their own stories in other novels in the series and the sister series so without reading them you won`t know the histories of these characters.

I really appreciate the fact that the love scenes actually serve a purpose in this novel. They solidify the relationship between the characters and give insight into the individuals as well. The dialogue was also very natural and never seemed forced. It also always served a purposed, never dragging on or overpowering the narrative. It helps develop the characters into individuals that you can really picture.

This is one of those novellas that I read all in one sitting without a second thought. I wanted to go out and buy the entire sister series by the time I reached the midpoint in the novel. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and a real twist on the supernatural subgenre of vampires.

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