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Urban Fantasy Review: Darkness Divides by Susan Illene

Darkness Divides by Susan Illene (The Sensor #3)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
The blood and violence never ends—it only stops long enough for Melena to relax her guard, to think she might actually survive. For the past year, she’s worked hard to pick up the pieces of her life. The supernaturals in Fairbanks are tolerating her, the angels are shielding her from her enemies, and she’s getting stronger as her body changes into…something else. If not for the man she loves being locked away in Purgatory, she might even believe she could be happy.

But for a sensor, peace is always an illusion. A magical explosion is about to rock the earth between Alaska and parts of Canada, bringing with it a new wave of fear. People she cares about will be hurt and she’s going to need answers. Are her enemies trying to flush her out of hiding or are they up to something even more sinister? It will take all of her newfound strength and the help of every ally she’s got to put a stop to their plans.

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 I am really enjoying this series, folks. While it's not a mind-blowing urban fantasy like Written in Red by Anne Bishop or the latest Kate Daniels from Ilona and Gordon Andrews, it's still a helluva lot better than a lot of new urban fantasy authors I tried recently. Lauren M.Roy, James Elliott, Dana Cameron and Leigh Evans come to mind as authors of the series I unfortunately have absolutely no desire to continue.

Susan Illene on the other hand is a solid four stars urban fantasy read, where I pretty much like the plot, main characters and a slow development of the world they live in.

Melena, the sensor, who fell in love with her nephilim guardian, has this down-to-earth, matter-of-fact practical ruthlessness I particularly adore in my heroines. She does what needs to be done and doesn't suffer from unnecessary guilt or righteous indignation before or after.

In fact, she and Lucas, her lover, who has a very bad name in the world of supernatural suit each other perfectly. When she is in trouble he is ready to destroy everything and everyone to hep her, and when he is in trouble, aka stuck in Purgatory with a 60 years sentence of daily torture, she finds a way to break in, wreak havoc and shoot anything in sight, so she can get him out.

I loved Melena in Purgatory! She was amazing, and the way archangels punished her afterwards was particularly fun. And no, I can't tell you what it was, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.

I am anticipating all hell breaking loose in the next book and having more time with my favorite torturer *grinning*. He is a funny, awkward character, that man, and now he can't get away from Melena, so it will be fun! Recommended.

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Очень даже добротная серия городского фэнтези, от которой хоть и не отвисает челюсть, как это у меня случается с Энн Бишоп или Илоной Эндрюс, однако удовольствие получаешь, чего я не могу сказать о многих новых авторах городского фэнтези, что я попробовала недавно. Я говорю о Дане Камерон, Джеймсе Эллиот, Ли Эванс и Лорен М. Рой, книги которых мне читать совсем не хочется.

Мелена, главный персонаж-сенсор, влюблённая в своего хранителя-нефилима, практичная и совершенно беспощадная героиня, которая делает то, что необходимо без вины и сомнений до и после. Именно поэтому она так подходит в пару своему любовнику Люкасу, имя которого вызывает страх и уважение в мире паранормального, в котором Мелена живёт.

Если Люкас пойдёт против всех и вся, что подать ей руку помощи, когда она ей действительно нужно, то Мелена готова прорваться в присподнюю, где он отсиживает свой 60-летний срок каждодневного мучения, расстрелять и взорвать всех на своём пути и его оттуда вызволить.

Если первая часть книги, где она расследует магический взрыв в городе фэ интересна, то вторая часть, где она идёт за Люкасом - просто прекрасна, а их наказание архангелами вообще вызвало у меня огромное любопытство и смех, так как я подозреваю, что персонаж, с которым Мелена оказалась скована, послужит приятным развлечением и вызовет хаос в будущей книге.

В общем, мило, добротно написано, рекомендую.
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