Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur

Dark Angels, Book 2

Synopsis: Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder—even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer—for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa’s psychic powers. Quid pro quo.
Someone—or something—is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa’s father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa’s destruction.

Review: After the end of the first volume I was curious to see how our dear Risa would be able to deal with so many people after her and especially with her hunt for the keys. Well I must say that she will not be alone in this quest, her friends will help her, along with our dear reaper and Aedh. But I will return to them later.

Risa finds herself once again forced to deal with matters she would have preferred to forget. Now she has teamed up with Hunter, she does not have much choice and she must take care the case she has, or being killed. This time, she has to find the person or the creature who drains and kills some very old vampires. Something quite strange that nobody understands. But in addition to this, she is also forced by her father to find the keys that could bring hell on earth. She will have plenty things to do throughout the novel!

Of course, we find all the characters from the first novel, although it is true that I would have liked to see a little more Riley and learn more about the evolution of her powers. But Risa is still an interesting heroine to follow and it was a pleasure to have her once again. She is, however, a bit too naïve for my taste. She keeps for herself many facts, such as her feelings for her reaper or the fact that her Aedh has something to hide. I do not really understand how she managed to trust him when he acts to arouse suspicion. I asked myself many questions about him. Indeed, he happens to interfere in the life of our heroine and manages gradually to participate in her mission without anyone noticing the reason. I’d really like to understand if he has a hidden motive or if I’m imagining things and I admit that I am rather cautious and suspicious about his real intentions. I, however, really like Azriel as it seems he is able to evolve each time we see him, becoming a little more “human”, which allows us to be a little closer to him. But I confess that I find him hard to understand as he knows all the thoughts of our dear heroine and often does nothing to answer her doubts and questions. I doubt that it must be something really veeeeeery frustrating for her. I do not know how she manages to endure both, they want everything and give little in return … I am also waiting to see what Madeline Hunter wants from Risa, she seems determined to keep her alive but at the same time, it’s not so important If she had to kill her.

I’m curious to see what will happen, especially now that the problems are started. So it was a very good volume again and I look forward to see how our heroine will evolve in the middle of all these events and characters.


10 thoughts on “Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur

  1. J’ai les deux tomes mais va falloir que je les lise sauf que j’ai prévu de lire plus de livres en anglais dans les semaines à venir alors ça sera pas pour tout de suite ! En tout cas, j’adore ton avis^^

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