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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Review: DARKNESS UNKNOWN

Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan
Book 5 of The Paladins series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Darkness Unknown:
Gwen Mosely's life changes forever when she stumbles across a handsome stranger, unconscious and left for dead in the woods behind her farm. Cut up and bleeding, he's barely survived a vicious battle, but the real shock is how quickly his wounds heal—a gift he shares with Gwen's teenaged half-brother Chase.

Jarvis Donahue can't keep his eyes—or his strong, capable hands—off the sexy redhead who rescued him. He finds warmth of Gwen's smile and the desire in her eyes are impossible to resist, but there's a problem. Jarvis immediately recognizes Chase as a fellow Paladin in the making, a warrior born to defend mankind in the relentless battle against the Others. Neither Gwen nor the boy know it yet, but Chase will need Jarvis's help coping with the compulsion to fight that is written in his blood and in his bones. Although Gwen may hate him for it, Jarvis is duty-bound to secretly introduce Chase to the dangerous fate they both share.

As the barrier between the two worlds weakens, the threat grows perilously close to Gwen's farm. Jarvis is torn between protecting his lover, but without revealing his true identity, or betraying his people's secret and risk losing her forever.
Source: Info in the About Darkness Unknown was taken from the author's website at http://www.alexismorgan.com/Darkness_Unknown.html on 28/02/2011.

Review:
This book can be read independently as a stand alone even if it's book 5 in the series. There is enough intel there to keep the reader in the loop.

I've read the previous books like 4 years ago so I've essentially forgotten what went on. I remember the world of the Paladins but almost forgotten the characters, never mind the events. I had a quick browse through book 4 before reading this book but book 4 was about a Seattle Paladin. This book is about a different state Paladin. So essentially a totally different set of characters in the same world of the Paladins. I seem to remember though that books 1 and 2 were very interesting. I might have to re-read them and do a retrospective review, if and when I get the chance. This book still retains Alexis Morgan's fantastic "author's voice". But for some reason the story telling quality does not seem to be as compelling as I remember the first 2 books were. Could it be that my memory has kinda editted what I remebered of it... or, my reading experiences was and/or is, being affected by my mood. Can't really tell you. Don't really know myself. But I do know that it feels like this book's story telling quality is not as compelling as books 1 & 2. I also don't like the way the model holds the sword in the cover. It tells me that his sword is blunt to be stupid enough to hold the naked blade like that. One other thing, there are no cute sidekicks. However, a lovely enough read that I would give it a 4 out of 5.

Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 4
CymLowell
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


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4 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh that's good to hear. I hate when books don't stand alone. Great review.

Blodeuedd said...

Good to hear that it can be read as a standalone, though of course I would rather start with book 1.)

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

great review! I gotta check out this series! =D

Rabid Fox said...

Hmmm. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but I'll at least compliment the cover design. Very well done.


... repaying the visit via Cym Lowell's blog. :)

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