Release Day Review: Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows #1) by Thea Harrison

April 2, 2013 Review 3

Release Day Review: Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows #1) by Thea HarrisonRising Darkness by Thea Harrison
Series: Game of Shadows #1
Published by Berkley on April 2, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison begins an all-new, darkly romantic paranormal saga, in which the fate of existence itself lies in the balance—and the key to victory may rest in the hands of two eternal lovers…

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago…Michael.

RISING DARKNESS melds the best of thrillers and fantasy to create a kaleidoscope of passion, adrenaline, and magic. Harrison is unmatched in her ability to breath new life into the familiar romantic genres, and her exploration of these cosmic soul-mates results in another gorgeously written relationship.

Part of Harrison's secret is the way she explores all of the natural consequences of even the most fantastic situations. None of the elements of Mary's situation are taken for granted. As a physician she's plagued vivid dreams, and starting to experience visual and auditory hallucinations, Mary is understandably loath to accept supernatural explanations for her situation. And Michael, in possession of his past memories, is no watercolored romantic hero. Rather he is isolated and injured, a closed off Alpha male with all the terrible vulnerability of a man experiencing love for the first time. Their chemistry is beautifully written, their complimentary influence on each other so easy to understand, as Harrison takes no short cuts in developing these characters.

While I'm not a big fan of the thriller story structure, Harrison's blend of action and magic worked for me. Still, this series looks to be darker fare than The Elder Races series, and I missed the lighter, shapeshifter humor dearly.  Fans of Harrison's characters will love Mary and Michael, fans of thrillers will love the fast paced action and deliciously sociopathic Deceiver, and fans of romance will  love any couple Harrison writes with such skill and detail.

Series Titles:
  1. Rising Darkness
  2. Falling Light
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3 Responses to “Release Day Review: Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows #1) by Thea Harrison”

  1. Angela

    I’m not at all a fan of the Elder books – do you think this is different enough that it might appeal to me?

    • Julia

      Hi Angela! I think it would depend on what you didn’t like in the Elder books. RISING DARKNESS is a very different plot structure, it has fantasy mixed with the “thriller” format. The relationship between Michael and Mary has elements in common with Dragos and Pia (healer/ warrior combo), but without the humor of the Elder series. Hope this helps, let me know if there was a specific pet peeve you’re trying to avoid…