Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur

Dark Angels, Book 6

Synopsis: When Risa loses the second key to hell, she angers several powerful people, and she’s starting to feel the pressure from all sides. She gets a visit from her father, who gives her an ultimatum: Get back the key or he will kill her friends.

Risa also finds herself under the scrutiny of the vampire council, some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed. But they offer her a bloody bargain: Take on the lethal head of the council, Madeline Hunter, and others will support her.

As the search for the keys to hell heats up, Risa realizes that she has no choice. For the sake of the people she loves, she must find the keys — and get rid of Hunter — before the second gate is opened and brings the world closer to all hell breaking loose…

Review: Here we are again left for more Risa Jone’s adventures and again, she will have plenty to do. I was a little less carried away by this one I confess, perhaps this is due to the fact that the story seems a bit redundant in the end, but I still had a good time with this new novel.

Our heroine is as always looking for the keys, but with the Lucian’s death, and the disappearance of the second key, everyone is desperate. But the time for threats is finite and all the Risa’s enemies will take action to put pressure on our young women. Between her father and his ultimatum, Hunter who kills a major character in the story and the last group who waits for her to see what will happen, her life gets more complicated. But she will not be alone, and witches will always be there to help her, as well as our reaper, even Stane or Rhoan for the little he can do. But the story forward and the noose is tightening, and Risa will soon have to get things in order to find the second key, remove the witch from her list and manage her feelings with her dear reaper.

As I said, I think this volume is a bit long, or maybe is it the series? But that does not stop me from being interested in the whole thing. It is true that I am curious to see how it will end and how Risa will manage all the parties involved. I was also surprised to learn more about Hunter, about her real identity and what she is capable to do to achieve her goal. I was quite surprised by the end of the novel by cons and it is true that I did not expect at all for this event, but I’m curious to see how it will impact for the rest of the story. I was also quite sad by the death of a character from the beginning of the novel. When Hunter announces that she killed a Risa’s friend, all names have passed through my mind, but it was a surprise nonetheless.

It was a good book and I’ll finish the series, even if I’m not mistaken, the last book is the next novel. I’m curious to see how it will end and what Risa will have to do to end all this.



Darkness Unmasked by Keri Arthur

Dark Angels, Book 5

Synopsis: Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is beginning to believe that the only way to find the keys she’s been searching for and save her friends is by dying. And when Wolfgang Schmidt, the lover of her boss at the vampire council, is found dead, her worst fears are confirmed. With the first portal of hell permanently open, the energies of the dark path are leaching into the world.

Searching for Schmidt’s killer and the keys at the same time, Risa and reaper Azriel track a shape-shifting spider spirit capable of changing her form into a seductive woman. But when they finally find the second key, the Aedh Lucian snatches it and disappears.

Risa is intent on finding Lucian and fighting him to the death—for in her mind, she knows that neither can remain while the other lives…

Review: And now here it is a new volume featuring our dear Risa. I always take a great pleasure in immersing myself in each novel, and this time was not an exception.

So as I said, we find our heroine who must manage to deal with some new problems. The Hunter’s lover, an elderly and powerful vampire, is found dead in the strangest ways. Oh yes! You’ll quickly understand why…. Some webs, a bite, an empty shell… Yes spiders are staged here and one thing is for sure, they are not really nice. Except that Risa really does not like these little creatures and this survey seems far from a cakewalk (for us neither for that matter). But of course, in addition to this, our dear heroine continues her search for the keys which seems more and more difficult, but we will learn a few details about it too. But we’ll also have some revelations about Tao, and Lucian and I confess that I did not expect to see how much he manipulated the young woman and how evil and crazy he was. I am also pleased to announce that we will also see Riley, Quinn and Rohan in the story! Yes all three of them! And we also learn the identity of the Risa’s mother killer. And while it is true that I was quite surprised, I do not even know why the idea did not come to me before.

As always I loved to learn a little more about our dear Reaper, who is really mysterious. I must say that I also love to deepen my ideas of the world and the characters. But more things are revealed at the end of the story and although it is true that I am sad of the consequences, I also understand why Risa did what she did. I admit that this end has made me even more curious to read the sixth book and I really want to know how Risa will face the world around her from now. Yet we also learn more about their relationship and it’s true that it’s nice to see they’re freer towards each other.

So many things happen here and it is true that I had a great time with the story as always. Risa did not have much time to rest between all these events. But as always, I enjoyed following her and I can not wait to have more.




Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur

Dark Angels, Book 3

Synopsis: Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts—and the investigative know-how of a man who broke her heart—to find a cabal searching for the power to control time, reality, and fate. And this is besides her work for the Vampire Council, half of whom want her dead.

But for now the Council needs her alive. Someone is killing blood-whore addicted vampires, and Risa must find the guilty party. If she succeeds, she may finally convince the council to lift the execution order on her life. But before she succeeds, she must first survive…

Review: After the first two volumes, I was really curious about the new Risa Jones adventures. Riley is less present, and even non-existent except in the mind of our heroine, but eventually Risa is sufficient for the book herself. It’s an interesting heroine to discover and to get to learn over the book.

Now working for Hunter, she must continually prove her worth to other vampires. Something that is more complicated than expected. Thus, she must find out who’s after some of their peers, killing, shredding and ingesting them. But the monster behind it seems very complicated to catch and hunting him will be much more complicated than expected. Indeed, she’ll have to witness some scenes she would have preferred never to see. But in addition to this, problems still exist and the search of the keys and the last member of the consortium are increasingly present.

We learn a little more about Risa in this novel, as well as her past, and it was interesting to see one of her former lover. And I confess that I wonder if he’ll become a recurring character in the story. Lucian is finally here but not that much, and we still have many questions about him. He tries to be always present in the Risa’s life, continually trying to find out what she’s hiding, but the reverse is actually impossible. However, we can attend a reconciliation between our young heroine and our reaper, something that we were expecting from the beginning of the series. I was really happy to see an evolution in this sense even if I understand the reluctance of our wolf. I really want to know how it will grow and continue now that it has begun. But our reaper is a complex character and I’m always very curious to learn more about him. This is one of the most interesting and secret characters and I look forward to hearing about him.

It was once again a very good novel and fans of the Riley Jenson series will only be happy to read it. This is a little different but still a very interesting atmosphere!



Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur

Dark Angels, Book 1

Synopsis: Being half werewolf and half Aedh, Risa Jones can enter the twilight realms between life and death and see the reapers, supernatural beings that collect the souls of the dead. But she soon makes a terrifying discovery: Some sinister force is stealing souls, preventing the dead from ever knowing the afterlife.
Reapers escort souls—not snatch them—but Risa is still unnerved when a reaper shadows her in search of someone Risa has never met: her own father, an Aedh priest, who is rumored to be tampering with the gates of hell for a dark purpose. With the help of her “aunt”—half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jenson—and an Aedh named Lucian who may have lost his wings but none of his sex appeal, Risa must pursue whatever shadowy practitioner of blood magic is seizing souls, and somehow stop her father . . . before all hell breaks loose.

Review: After the end of the Riley Jenson series, I was quite curious to discover this one about Risa Jones. I really didn’t know if reading the first series would be significant for the future and I think this is finally the case. Without knowing the history of our former guardian, I think there are many points that would have remained unclear. In addition, all the characters from the first series are present for our pleasure, even though a few years have passed since. I also wondered if the two series would be equal to each other. And I must say that I was really surprised by this volume, which was a nice discovery.

So here we find the Risa’s story, the Dea’s daughter we’ve met before. Half-wolf, half-Aedh, she has some outstanding abilities. However, unlike her aunt Riley, she can’t turn into a wolf, but she has many very intriguing gifts as a Aedh. Indeed, she can vanish into the air or browse the limbo when she needs it, something that few creatures can achieve. Her life is pretty normal, she works in a restaurant and makes a few extra for her mother when she needs to announce if a person is dead or not when she is in a coma, for example. But her life is turned upside down by the return of her father. She has never seen him, she does not know who he is but everybody is convinced that he will contact her and everyone wants to be present at that time. In fact, everyone will try to follow her, manipulate or kill her. Everyone means other Aedhs, a sexy reaper, Madeline Hunter and many more! Yes! You read well! We can finally meet Madeline Hunter. After everything we had heard and all the speculations about this character, we can finally discover her several times throughout the novel. I was quite surprised because I did not really expect to see her.

In addition to all this, Risa will have to investigate the theft of souls in a rather atrocious way. It seems that the victims are all connected and even if our heroine is in no way an investigator, years of training with Quinn and Riley prevent her to attend events without doing anything. Helped by a young reaper, and a mysterious Aedh whose she knows nothing about and her two best friends, she will run after the killer. I was immediately intrigued by all the characters and we can only wonder what Azriel and Lucian really seek. They both have many secrets and do not pour too much about their personal life. I confess that my heart balances between the two of them and I’m curious to see how the story will make them evolve. They are very different from one another, but we doubt they expect something from her without really knowing anything.

I loved discovering Risa given the little information we knew about her. She is courageous and brave, but also assumes her fragility and her limits. She doesn’t want to lead the life of Riley as a guardian but she knows how to defend herself when needed. I really enjoyed learning more about the Aedhs, we had learned a little about them in the first series with Quinn but many elements are discovered here for our pleasure, we can better understand all these things. I also loved seeing the evolution of Riley, her brother, Quinn and Liander. Even though they’re older, they are always equal to themselves, and we discover that they have matured and Riley is now a mom of several children which was fantastic.

This first volume is very nice and I’ll start right away the second to learn a little more about our new characters.