Rating: 4.25/5 stars
Series: Darkness Rising, Book 3
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance
“Claws in, little cat,” he said, still grinning. “Just like a cat, aren’t you? Rescue you and get scratched for my trouble.”
I can’t imagine having to come to terms with your whole life being a lie. Okay, not necessarily a lie, but living with a very big secret the whole time. Sure, finding out you’ve got supernatural powers can’t be the easiest thing in the world, but that’s got to be easier to swallow than finding out you’ve been part of one big experiment your entire life.
It’s also got to be hard being on the run, unsure of who you can trust. Is it even safe to visit your family? Can you contact them, let them know you’re alive? Or is it safer for them to think that you’re dead the way the people you’re running from want them to believe?
Yeah, it’s got to be hard knowing your family thinks you’re dead and not being able to do a damned thing about it.
I greatly enjoyed the way that the supernatural world is explained in this story. While I came into this already being accustomed to this world, other may not. I can see how there’d be an overlap between readers of this series and Armstrong’s other series in the world, allowing them to already understand the way the supernatural world works, but I can also understand how someone is coming into this series without prior knowledge. That’s the benefit of being a companion series and not the continuation of a previous series.
Keeping this in mind, Armstrong does a great job at giving the reader enough information to understand the world without regurgitating the information she’s given out previously. While this series gives more information into the supernatural world in this world that isn’t said in her other series, it also gives enough information that’s covered in them to properly tie them all together. I’ve got to say, having read the Women of the Otherworld and Darkest Powers series, it’s a pretty thought out and defined world.
She also wonderfully reintroduced characters from her other series, cementing the fact that they all take place in the same world at the same time. Oh, and that the people with morals continue to have morals outside of their direct conflicts.
Overall, if you’re interested in a story about coming to terms with having powers and the fact that people in your life aren’t always going to tell you everything, I’d recommend giving this series a try. Armstrong has a way with words and it’s apparent in this series.
Of course, I’d recommend starting with The Gathering if you’re reading this series.
Okay, so I was wrong about Kit being the contact that Rafe gave Maya. And the book just had to prove that right off the bat, too. Well, so much for me being decent at reading between the lines. I guess I was looking too deeply (and desperately) for a connection between the Darkest Powers series.
I’m sure Cyril Mitchell was a good enough guy when he was alive, and I’m sorry to hear that he died. But I also believe that Kit would be more helpful to Maya, Daniel, and Corey. It sucks that his daughter wasn’t willing to help them out, but not everyone is going to be willing to risk their neck for complete strangers. No matter how noble the cause.
Yes, she sent on Maya’s information to her twin, Ash, but there wasn’t really anything that he could do about anything. Heck, even the connections he had in the supernatural world were either unwilling or unable to help them out. I am glad that he showed his willingness to help out his sister however he could – even if he acted like a douche at times.
Even though I grew to love Ash as a character – and as a brother to Maya – he wasn’t really all that helpful in their struggles. Sure he had the misfortune of living on the streets for years which made him a lot tougher, but that didn’t mean that he was any more equipped to handle their situation. Of course it matters that he tried, that he dropped everything he was doing to come find his sister and get her out of the situation, but in reality it was his sister that got him out of the awful situation he had been dealing with. It just got a little worse before it got better.
Personally, I think the growth that Maya goes through was the backbone that held this series together. She starts out as a confident, strong headed girl who never gave people a second chance. When her convictions were challenged she felt like she couldn’t trust herself but even in the more dire of situations, her friends were there to help her through it. They’re the ones that slowly built her confidence up. Heck, they all trusted her to be the one to fight for their rights with the cabals, choosing Maya over an adult that could probably negotiate better than a teenager. Of course, it was clear that Maya would have her friends’ interests in mind above all else.
It must be hard, being the leader that your friends look up to and doubting whether you deserve their trust. Especially when your faith in your opinions and thoughts are constantly battered. Heck, Maya trusted Nicole, thought that she was grieving over Serena just like everyone else was. She didn’t question whether Nicole was responsible for anything that she’d done because she’d always seemed like such a good person, a real friend. There was no way that she’d killed Serena, there was no way that she tried to kill Maya (multiple times), there was no way that it was Nicole that drugged Maya’s drink at the party. Yet, surprise it was Nicole all along.
The situation also had to be hard on Daniel. Having to act like the grieving boyfriend when he had been planning on breaking up with Serena the whole time. Add the fact that Daniel only said yes to Serena because he knew Maya wasn’t going to ask him, and he must have really been struggling with the situation. Having Maya push him towards Nicole couldn’t have been easy on him, either.
While I think it’s shitty the way Maya found out about everything, at least it all worked out in the end. Heck, she was denying her feelings for Daniel for so long she honestly though that she didn’t have any. If Rafe hadn’t been stressed and admitted his worries at the worst timing imaginable, they probably would have stayed in their relationship, letting it runs its natural course. Like the Maya muses, it could have been animal attraction that got them together in the first place. Oh, and Corey should have known from growing up with Maya just how oblivious she could really be. She wasn’t the kind of person to keep stringing Daniel along so it should have been obvious that Maya didn’t actually realize what was going on with Daniel. Even if it was obvious to everyone else.
Joining up with Chloe and her squad was probably the best decision the crew could have made, even if it ended up putting them in more danger than before. Heck, Kit was unprepared to deal with the being found out by any cabal, let alone two working together. Thankfully, there were enough strong headed – I mean resourceful – personalities in the merged group to get them through the situation. It was nice to see Chloe still refusing to put up with Derek’s shit, even if her aunt Lauren was still being a tad racist about Derek being a werewolf.
I have to admit, I’d love to see what happens next to these characters. Sure, they’re given Beaver Lake and Sean Nast has promised to give them the best of everything. But it’s obvious that remaining in cabal custody for the rest of their lives isn’t going to be enough for all of them. The crew are already hinting at a rebellion down the line, proving to the cabal that they aren’t going to be the good little soldiers forever. What I’d love to see is what happens when all of this goes down.
I’m beyond happy that Armstrong is keeping this world alive with Wolf’s Bane, but this is a whole different generation of supernaturals. What’s going to happen to these characters, to Maya and Chloe and their crew, when they finally decide to stop playing the obedient children? Now that’s something I’d love to read.
If you’ve made it this far, I can only assume you’ve read a decent amount of Armstrong’s writing in this world. If you haven’t, boy you must be very confused right now!
Okay, now time for the questions. What’s your favourite part of this world? Is there a supernatural race – either extinct or thriving in this world – that you wish you were a part of? Are you happy not having to deal with all of the bs that seems to come along with being a supernatural?
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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