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Urban Fantasy Review: Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene

Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene (The Sensor #2)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Melena Sanders has managed to avoid all things inhuman for most of her life, but after coming to Fairbanks, Alaska to rescue her best friend from supernaturals she hasn’t been allowed to leave. That is, until her long-time nemesis comes to collect a favor she owes him. Lucas might be half angel, but he’s all bad as far as she’s concerned.

Paying him back might get her out of town for a while, but her new destination will be anything but enjoyable. Mel’s got to help the nephilim take care of a demon possession outbreak in Juneau. Although something like this hasn't happened for thousands of years, Lucas is certain Melena’s rare abilities are the key to solving the problem.

With violence in the capital city growing, she’s going to have to figure out how to stop it fast before the trouble spreads to other places. Not only that, but working closely with Lucas is changing the dynamics of their hate-hate relationship—worrying her more than the demons. Getting back to her captivity in Fairbanks never looked so good.

Amazon kindle US($3.99)/UK(£2.76)


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I've already said  while reviewing the first book in the series that Susan Illene had a very good potential. She writes pure urban fantasy and is obviously a huge fan of this genre herself.

All the action in this series is happening in Alaska. I don't know about you, but I know very little about this region, and to me the location is refreshing. This time Melena, a kick-ass sensor and former military interrogator is forced to go against demonic infestation in Juneau.

She is sassy and tough, and she doesn't bend to supernatural wills trying to boss her around. Whatever happens she tries to negotiate the best conditions for herself and her adopted daughter.

The book is really fast and like book #1 feels shorter than I would have liked to see. Maybe it's just me? I've enjoyed seeing more of delicious Lucas, and the problems associated with him in Melena's life definitely piqued my curiosity.  Overall, this was a very engaging read which I'd recommend for the fans of Kate Daniels. Short and sweet.

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Мило и по существу. Книга читается очень быстро, и мне конечно хотелось, чтобы всё так быстро не заканчивалось, но такая-же проблема у меня была и с первой книгой.

 Автор пишет чистое городское фэнтези и сюжет совершенно не затягивает. В этот раз Мелена вынуждена помогать вампирам и суккубам с решением проблемы демонического заражения в Джюно. Вынуждена потому что она не хочет ставить себя в опасность, так как теперь она растит приёмную дочь, и только обещание большой суммы на университетский фонд той побуждает Мелену согласиться.

Ситуацию со странными демонами усугубляют сложные отношения с Люкасом, ангелом-хранителем Мелены, а также психованная шайка сенсоров, которые ненавидят всех паранормальных существ. Книга динамичная, и концовка оставляет желание узнать, что же с Меленой случиться дальше. Рекомендую, особенно фанатам Кейт Дэниэлс. Определёнными моментами мне эта серия её напоминает.


Blodeuedd said...

I am glad it did not turn bad, like the horrid book 2 syndrome

Aurian said...

It sure sounds good, and I like books set in Alaska. Adding it to the wishlist, thanks Kara.

Unknown said...

I know two things about Alaska: cold and white. Kinda like my city, I guess. Lol. This sure is a far off enough place to be hunting demons. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Aaah, I had to go look at the first book to remember. I did like the sounds of that one, and this one too! :) Thank you!

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