*This title will be released on June 26, 2012*
by Keri Arthur
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
Several graphic sex scenes
Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts—and the investigative know-how of a man who broke her heart—to find a cabal searching for the power to control time, reality, and fate. And this is besides her work for the Vampire Council, half of whom want her dead.
But for now the Council needs her alive. Someone is killing blood-whore addicted vampires, and Risa must find the guilty party. If she succeeds, she may finally convince the council to lift the execution order on her life. But before she succeeds, she must first survive…
Reminiscent of the early Anita Blake books, Keri Arthur’s third Dark Angels book is an action packed and highly sensual urban fantasy. DARKNESS DEVOURS was my first foray into this series, but Arthur did a good job of weaving important previous events into this story so I was able to mostly jump right in.
The plot is complex involving multiple death threats, tracking down the last member of a supernatural terrorist group, finding the mystical keys to heaven and hell, and hunting down a serial killing monster. On the personal side, Risa’s romantic life is no less complex. She’s forced to seek help from Jak, an ex who brutally betrayed her years ago, deal with a confusing–potentially mutual–attraction to Azriel, an austere reaper who is mostly detached from human emotions, and evaluate her ongoing arrangement with the fallen Aedh Lucian, her bed buddy/body guard with highly questionable motives (who is responsible for most of the very erotic sex scenes in DARKNESS DEVOURS). It’s a credit to Arthur’s characterizations that I didn’t get too frustrated with Risa’s many suitors. Her situations is anything but conventional, but I mostly understood her reasons for keeping it this way (although I do have my personal preference for who she should end up with).
This is an intriguing urban fantasy series with a hefty dose of romance and robust worldbuilding that I’ll probably go back and catch from the beginning. If you’re a fan of Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series, you won’t want to miss reading this spin-off. The fourth book in the Dark Angels series is titled DARKNESS HUNTS and will be released on November 6, 2012. It’s going on my TBR pile already.