It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night. . . .
Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun—one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of darkness, a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city, the angelic Adonai. For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank, tracking deadly predators is all in a day’s work . . . but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays, ancient myths, explosive secrets, and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear.
Book 2 in The Charlie Madigan Series
What do you do when your first book is one of the most highly praised urban fantasy debuts of the year? If you’re Kelly Gay, you follow up The Better Part of Darkness with THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN and force reviewers everywhere to try and find a better way to describe amazing.
The Better Part of Darkness was one of my favorite reads last year as it introduced me to a very unique paranormal world, or should I say three worlds, with a Greek mythology twist that included my favorite male character of the year: a male siren cop named Hank. In THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN, Kelly more fully explores the mystery surrounding Charlie’s ongoing transformation, the secret history of both Elysian and Charbydon, even more repercussions from the off-world drug Ash, not to mention the permanent darkness that now encompasses all of Atlanta.
My only complaints with THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN are almost exactly the same as my complaints with The Better Part of Darkness: pacing problems and not enough Hank. This time, I found the first quarter of the book to be a bit sluggish in terms of getting the story going and a little Hank-lite, but once the main plot kicked in and Hank started looking at Charlie in a very confusing way, THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN was, for lack of a better word, amazing!
The possibility of a relationship between Charlie and her partner Hank was only barely hinted at in the previous book. I was hoping for something significantly more than hints in THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN and Kelly delivered. I don’t want to give anything away, but Hank doesn’t know the meaning of the word subtle and there are several scenes between him and Charlie that are far from professional.
Strong characters, a believable world, and solid romantic tension. That’s what I want in an urban fantasy and that’s what Kelly continues to deliver in her gritty, creative, and infinitely readable Charlie Madigan series. The Better Part of Darkness was excellent and THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN is even better. I can’t imagine the goodness in store with the next book in this series.
Sexual Content: References to sex. References to homosexuality. A scene of semi graphic sensuality.
Previous books the series:
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket (August 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439110042
- ISBN-13: 978-1439110041
- Cover Art: Chris McGrath
*Disclosure: I received this book courtesy of Simon & Schuster