Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rising Darkness review

Rising Darkness

Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison is the first book in the Game of Shadows series. It is very different from the Elder Races series though they are both paranormal.

Rising Darkness is much darker than the books about the Wyr. The premise is that there is a group of alien beings who, centuries ago, transformed themselves into humans in order to follow and execute a criminal who had escaped to Earth. This group, of which there were seven - three soul mate pairs and one single female, is reborn repeatedly as they try over and over to find and kill the Deceiver and can remember each of their past lives but not until they are at least teenagers.

Mary is an okay character. I didn't have strong feelings about her one way the other. She doesn't seem to have much survival instinct and, in fact, often did really stupid things when she was in danger. She is a born healer not a fighter and will never be much of a warrior.

Michael is a total alpha warrior. He has both psychic and physical strength and not much in the way of personality. He was all about getting the job done - which on the one hand is completely understandable since the Deceiver could destroy the world but on the other, he is supposed to have just found his soul mate after however many hundreds of years and there wasn't really any indication that he had any feelings about that.

Astrid is the most mysterious character. It's not clear that she's actually good despite being one of the original seven who came to destroy the Deceiver. I suspect she's someone that's mentioned several times in the book but never named - it was hinted at a little too broadly for her not to be. That was a little vague but I don't want to spoil it for other readers.

Rising Darkness was an interesting book with a solid premise. It's clear at the end that it is part of a series because the end wasn't really an ending. I'll be interested to read the next book when it comes out and see what surprises are in store for Mary, Michael, Astrid, and the Deceiver.


In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago…Michael.

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