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Friday, November 30, 2012

Darkness Hunts by Keri Arthur

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Terrance McArthur

Check out details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of this review & interview.

Months ago, I wrote about Darkness Devours: “Darkness Devours has quite an appetite. It will gobble up your sleeptime until you finish it. Then you can wait until November and the next installment of Risa’s saga, Darkness Hunts. I’ll be waiting.”

The wait is over.

Darkness Hunts is the fourth Dark Angels novel by Keri Arthur, author of the paranormal Guardians series. Risa Jones is part werewolf, part Aedh (some angelic powers, but she doesn’t have wings…yet), and she’s looking for the keys to the gates of Heaven and Hell, which were made by her Aedh father, who no longer has them…and wants to rule Heaven, Hell, Earth, and the grey lands between them. There are many groups that want the keys for their own reasons, and they’re pushing and pulling Risa in all directions. The bad-tempered Raziq have put a tracking device in her body, a de-winged Aedh seems to be able to get Risa to have sex with him at will, a soul Reaper stirs passion when they touch but he keeps telling her that they can’t consummate their love…although they already have made passionate love, Dad wants her to reclaim the keys because he can no longer have a physical body, and a she-vamp Council leader has her own reasons for having Risa find the keys, although she keeps dragging her off the case to solve other mysteries.

The latest quandary is a faceless being on the astral planes, branding female vampires and bleeding them while they think it is just fun sex. Azriel, the reaper, can not enter the astral realm, but Risa gets some help from a vampire who has been observing her astrally on orders from Hunter of the Council.

Image source: Penguin

The creepy killer makes a great adversary, but the key-finding that is the purpose of the series doesn’t show a lot of progress. The largest chunk of action is Risa and Azriel getting close together and not doing anything about it because the Reaper says it will take away from his mission, cause him to lose his powers and turn human, or he’ll feel great…and he mustn’t do that. Werewolf, fans, vampire fans, angel fans, conspiracy fans, sorcery fans, and paranormal patrons—there’s something for all of you, and at the end, a teaser excerpt of Darkness Unmasked. Now, I have to wait until June 2013 for that one!

To enter to win a copy of Darkness Hunts, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Hunts”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 8, 2012. U.S. residents only.

Check out our review of Darkness Devours & interview with Keri here at KRL Lite!

Click here to purchase Darkness Hunts from Mysterious Galaxy & you will be helping support an indie bookstore & Kings River Life:

Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a California-born, Valley-raised librarian/entertainer/writer. He lives in Sanger, four blocks from the library, with his wife, his daughter, and a spinster cat.


  1. I'd love to win this book as I have read most of her other books and enjoy her style immensely.

  2. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher