Warning: Cliffhanger (I’m calling this a cliffhanger because I remember how I felt when I was reading these as they came out!)
The sexy, exciting, suspenseful adventures continue in New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur’s Dark Angels series, starring Risa Jones, a half-Aedh/half-werewolf. She can speak to the souls of the dying and the dead, and can see Reapers, the collectors of souls.
Shortly after her fight on the astral plane, Risa receives a phone call from Madeline Hunter, the leader of the vampire council, ordering her to investigate the death of Hunter’s close friend and lover – Wolfgang Schmidt. His body has been discovered wrapped in a web-like substance and has been completely drained. As the body count continues to grow, Risa must summon her gifts to find the dark spirit before it strikes again.
Meanwhile, as the search for the keys that keep the gate to Hell closed grows more intense, Risa begins to unravel mysteries that will have startling consequences for her.
And I wasn’t a fool. Not really. I just kept hoping that if I believed something hard enough, it might actually come true.
This has been the book least on topic so far. The entire damn book was either about personal stuff or the Jorõgomo creature. I don’t mind the personal stuff. The series is just as much about the people as it is about the story. Also, I really like the people in this series. I love Azriel, and Risa is good, too. I’m invested in them much more than I am the story.
It is the Jorõgomo stuff I just don’t care about. It is standard fare for what has been established in this series. Hunter is breathing down Risa’s neck as she tries to make her perform miracles for Hunter’s bidding. There is just so many threats. Unbelievably, the Jorõgomo lore is incredibly interesting. I wanted to know more about it. This just isn’t the story for it. The end of the world is actually nigh, and yet we’re playing around doing other things. I just don’t get it.
The part of the book that actually pertains to the overall series, the part where we have to actually kind of totally save the world? Takes 10 percent of the end of the book, and isn’t even close to having a solution by the end. It is a token effort, at best. If this series was shorter and focused, god it could have been so much better. Despite having seven books for the entire story, it feels rushed and unaccomplished. We have two books left in this series, I shouldn’t feel like I’m still at the beginning of this journey.
On the personal front, Risa is still spiraling down, healthwise. Lucian is an even bigger jackass than we knew. Azriel and Risa are amazing together and I never want them to be apart. They work so well together. They support each other. Other than Azriel’s jealousy, they’ve worked through all their issues together. I’m just so happy with them.
I really hope with only two books to go, we get to the point. 🤞
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Dark Angels series page!