Risa Jones, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, can enter the realm between life and death. She can speak to the dying and the dead, and she can see the Reapers, collectors of souls. What she cannot yet see is the identity of a stranger murdering women and draining their blood. Now Risa must summon her gifts to find him, even if it means putting her own life in danger. But Risa needn’t look far. The killer knows who she is.
He tells her his victims are infected by darkness and he’s fated to destroy them. Fascinated by Risa, he engages her in a sinister game: the chance to save the life of his next victim by deciphering his series of clues. In a race against time, she enlists the help of the Reaper Azriel.
But as an attraction between them grows, so does the fear that the stranger’s motives are only part of a larger, more dangerous scheme – one that has lured Risa and Azriel into the dark.
Every time I’d faced the Raziq, something had gone wrong.
Every single damn time.
“Not this time,” Azriel said. He took a step forward, half protecting me with his body.
Darkness Hunts is another book I love for emotional reasons, not exactly for the plot. I love the characters. I love the relationships. I couldn’t give a fig about the plot because it spends so much time doing unnecessary things and running around in circles. I just really wish the story was more focused.
At the end of Darkness Devours, Risa’s father requested a meeting with her. This was probably supposed to happen at the beginning of this book. Yet it takes, no lie, 30% of the book before we get to that meeting. Which takes place in the span of like three pages, where he chokes her and then runs away. Which leaves Risa dealing with the fallout of their meeting. She doesn’t have a choice in any of this, yet everyone blames her for everything. Argh frustrating. Yet this is the part that I actually like. I like feeling trapped. I just dislike the lack of focus.
Our side quest in Darkness Hunts isn’t actually that bad. Sure, it is taking time away from the main focus of the series. But I enjoyed reading it. Still though, it feels like a game. Well, it is a game. It is a game of catch me if you can. It is also very interesting lore. It isn’t bad. Just again, I really dislike the lack of focus.
Azriel and Risa’s relationship changed in the last book! 🎉 I was so so so so so so so happy. Grinning ear to ear. Now, as you might have guessed would happen, Azriel is insisting that they can’t be together again anymore “for reasons”. He evades on explaining why exactly it is. Talk about frustrating! Yet it is sad, too. It made me cry. The other one, the asshole, Lucian, is annoying me still. No one trusts him, he is using dark magics to solve his problems. It is a mess. It is too bad he is still around, pissing me off.
We see in Darkness Hunts that Risa is starting to break down from the demands. Everyone is constantly trying to get her to eat more. They’re telling her she looks like hell, that she needs to take better care of herself. Again and again. It is repetitive, but it highlights just how much this series is demanding out of Risa. It is perfect.
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