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Urban Fantasy Review: Darkness Clashes by Susan Illene

Darkness Clashes by Susan Illene (The Sensor #4)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Between her service in the U.S. Army and her new life living with supernaturals in Alaska, Melena Sanders has had her loyalty and duty tested in every possible way.

Or so she thought.

Tensions among supernatural factions in Fairbanks are growing after the city’s recent attacks and she must pick a side. Her nephilim lover, Lucas, needs her help to search for his missing brother—whose disappearance may not be all it seems. And agents from the Department of Homeland Security are lurking about investigating the suspicious “earthquake” that rocked the region four months ago.

It’s not the best time to be planning a trip out of town, but troubles in Fairbanks aren’t her only problem. A greater supernatural plot is developing and only by attending an upcoming ball in New Orleans can she discover more. There’s no way to avoid it. Her loyalty and duty to those she cares for are about to clash.

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8.5/10

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One of the pleasures of being a book blogger is discovering and supporting self-publishing authors since the very beginning of their journey. I'm happy I was there all the way for Elizabeth Hunter, and I am just as happy for Susan Illene.

Susan writes classic urban fantasy with a stoic, sensible, believable heroine, and I'm glad that by book #4 her series is still going strong. 



You know by now that Melena's status changed and with her new immortality comes a bunch of new problems. She is being challenged and the expectations from her friends and enemies both are very high. She gets more and more embroiled in other immortals schemes and intrigues, and frankly she doesn't know if she ever had a chance to refuse to participate in their intrigues.

 Darkness Clashes is a dark, intense book. A lot of people get hurt or killed, and there is an overall feeling of rage, hopelessness and desperation hanging in the air. I think, Melena feels more and more cornered with nary a possibility to escape. She is forced to hide some important truths from Lucas and doesn't know if he ever forgives her, and even hilarious moments with Kerbasi struggle to lighten up the atmosphere of doom and gloom.

Ah, Kerbasi! You are growing on me... If you are a fan of Kate Daniels, you will probably find some similarities between him and Saiman, although on the surface they are completely different. 

There is also an intriguing new character in this book, Yerik. He is very eccentric right now, and I am not convinced of his loyalties, but one thing I'm sure of is that there is more to Yerik than his damn kilt.

At last, the best part is the fight scenes. My personal favourite is one on one between Melena and Lian, and I totally got an adrenaline rush out of it, but there are a couple of others that are very well done.

Overall, this series is just getting stronger and more surefooted, and it's especially obvious with the last two books. Definitely recommended.
 
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Честное слово, ну очень мне нравится эта серия городского фэнтези от Сюзан Иллен! Я уже говорила, что её героиня Мелена - стойкая, серьёзная, прагматичная девушка, в характер которой легко верится.

Вот и в этой книге, новый бессмертный статус Мелены приходит со своим скопом проблем. Другие бессмертные, враги и друзья, пытаются либо бросить ей вызов либо вовлечь её в свои бесконечные, запутанные интриги. Мелена оказывается загнана в угол и вынуждена скрывать значительную правду от Люкаса, которая в будущем вполне возможно погубит их отношения.

Вообще, вся книга оказывается мрачной и интенсивной с всеобъемлющей атмосферой ярости, безысходности и отчаянья, и даже выходки Кербаси не могут это настроение улучшить.

Ах, Кербаси! Я думаю, что Сюзан очень выиграла, создав его характер, и я не могу не провести параллели между ним и Сайманом из книг о Кейт Дэниэлс - уж очень между ними много общего несмотря на такое разное происхождение и поведение.

Ещё один новый характер, которого мы встречаем в этой книге - экцентричный дэймон Йерик. Я пока что не уверена, где лежит его лояльность, однако уверена в одном: Йерик носит свой шотландский килт, чтоб сбить нас как читателей с толку!

И последнее, что мне хотелось бы упомянуть - это превосходно выписанные схватки. Некоторые из их просто шикарны, особенно моя любимая - между Меленой и Лиан!

В общем, серия становится всё лучше и качественнее с каждой книгой, что особо хорошо видно в последних двух её книгах. Не колеблясь, советую читать.
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