Series: Dark Angels #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet Select on June 4, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Rape, references to sex
Keri Arthur's explosive Dark Angels series is packed with everything you could want: a fiesty heroine, witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, angels of death, suspense and a whole lot of sexy action.
The sexy, exciting, suspenseful adventures continue in New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur's Dark Angels series, starring Risa Jones, a half-Aedh/half-werewolf. She can speak to the souls of the dying and the dead, and can see Reapers, the collectors of souls.
Shortly after her fight on the astral plane, Risa receives a phone call from Madeline Hunter, the leader of the vampire council, ordering her to investigate the death of Hunter's close friend and lover - Wolfgang Schmidt. His body has been discovered wrapped in a web-like substance and has been completely drained. As the body count continues to grow, Risa must summon her gifts to find the dark spirit before it strikes again.
Meanwhile, as the search for the keys that keep the gate to Hell closed grows more intense, Risa begins to unravel mysteries that will have startling consequences for her.
Keri Arthur’s DARKNESS UNMASKED, the fifth book in the Dark Angels series, is a well written, thrilling urban fantasy, likely to be enjoyed most by readers already familiar with the series. A little confusing to those just jumping in, it was still a fun read, with sleuthing, sexy moments and lots of spiders!
I first want to caution those of you who may be arachnophobes- this book is not for you. The main villain of the book is a spider spirit, who happens to be a giant spider lying hundreds of tiny spider babies all over. I got the willies, and I’m not even particularly scared of spiders. It was very creative though, not like anything I’d ever heard before. Doesn’t make it any less creepy, but it’s always fun to encounter something new. In fact, DARKNESS UNMASKED never felt cliched or overdone. The world was original, and I wish we had seen a bit more of the werewolves and witches mentioned in the book description.
DARKNESS UNMASKED basically had two story arcs. I would liken it to a TV show in that there is the “mini mystery” within the episode, and then there is the bigger plot arc that encompasses the entire series. Since I was not familiar with the greater storyline of the Dark Angels series, it didn’t make a ton of sense to me. For example, I kept getting the Razan and Raziq confused and I’m not entirely sure what either of them is to begin with, actually. This made it a bit hard to be really invested in the last quarter of the book, since once the spider spirit mystery was over, the book finished up with an event that was more relevant to the greater plot line of the series. It started getting hard to keep characters and all the details straight since I'm not familiar with the back story, but up until that point, it was a pretty good stand alone book.
Not being a fan of the series already, this wasn’t the best read for me. However, I can see how those already acquainted with Risa would get really into it, and I enjoyed the glimpses I got at the other characters and into the world of the Dark Angels series. I’m curious enough that I would consider going back and starting the series with DARKNESS UNBOUND since DARKNESS UNMASKED was done so well.
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