Tuesday 21 September 2010


Darkness Calls by Marjorie Liu
Book 2 of the Hunter Kiss series

Genre: urban fantasy, chick lit

About Darkness Calls:
They are the obsidian shadows of my flesh - tattoos with minds, hearts, and dreams. By day, they protect me. But when night calls to them, they leave my body, dissolving into their true form - as demons…

Nomad born and bred, demon hunter Maxine Kiss has always relied upon herself to fight the darkness that surrounds her, the predators-human, zombie, and otherwise - who threaten the earth. But one man has penetrated her lonely life: Grant, the last of his kind. With music he is able to control any living creature…including demons. And now his life is in danger.

Haunted by the past, determined to change the future, Maxine soon understands that to save Grant, she has only one choice-to lose control, and release her own powers of darkness…
Source: Info in the About Darkness Calls was taken from the author's website at http://marjoriemliu.com/index.php?/novels/details/darkness_calls/ on 20/09/2010.

Short Novella PreQuel To Iron Hunt: Companion Story - Iron Hunt

My review of book 1: The Iron Hunt is here.

Verdict: mediocre

I said in my review of book 1 that the story telling quality was good. In this book that slipped down a notch. Story telling quality is mediocre. It is not too bad but it's not that compelling either. I wouldn't have finished reading this book had I not felt obligated to review it for Orbit. Dragging at times. Annoying at times. Character development would have been good if not for the main protagonist. It seems that everybody else was very well done. Even the bad guys. The main female protagonist is just this shade of stupid. If you take her out of the equation, the character development would have garnered a 5 out of 5. As it is, I would give it a 4 out of 5. The ending was good. A happy ending. Our heroes saved the world and more bad guys are coming. A 4 out of 5. The title this time though made sense compared to book 1 where I wondered why it was titled Iron Hunt. It did not seem to relate to the story. But maybe one of you can tell me.... Overall, this book is not that bad, but it is not a masterpiece either.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

I would like to thank Orbit for the review copy of Darkness Calls received!


  1. I recently picked up one of these books but I haven't read it yet. I have read one of the author's short stories before and I remember liking it though it's been a few years.

  2. Not bad, but not a masterpiece...hm, well I could read it, ok books are good too :)

  3. Bummer. I hate when the follow-up doesn't live up.


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