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Darkness Savage by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Savage

Darkness Savage by Rachel A. Marks

Series: The Dark Cycle, Book 3
Published by: Skyscape on October 11, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Aidan faces a difficult decision. He always knew his gift (though he often thought it a curse) would be the key to defeating a demonic force. He just never expected that force would manifest in his own sister. He will need to find a way to stop her; it’s just a matter of whether he can stop her and save her at the same time. He works to bring his team together, his “Lights” as he’s been told they are called. And his friend Rebecca, who he was certain was not a Light, suddenly finds herself with powers all her own. With so much at stake and so many variables at play, what will Aidan decide? And will he have the power to carry out his plan of action?

The final installment of this series does not disappoint! This unique world that Rachel Marks has created managed to draw me back in as quickly as it did in the last two books. And the twists and turns that are thrown at the reader–it’s quite a journey! This is an absolutely fitting third act. My only major disappointment is that the story has come to an end. I certainly look forward to more from this author.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Darkness Fair by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Fair

Book Info

Title: Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle, Book 2)
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Published: February 2, 2016
Pages: 333
Publisher: Skyscape
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Aidan has come into his powers, though he’s still learning more about what they mean and why. He’s also struggling to find a way to help his sister, Ava, whose body is here while her spirit is somewhere he can’t quite reach. Even though he’s stopped the demon who was hunting for her, that hasn’t stopped the demons from continuing to cross over. And he soon learns there may be others hunting for his sister’s spirit. Further complicating thins is the fact that his connection to Kara, the young woman who helped awaken his powers, seems to be putting her in very real danger. And then there’s Rebecca, to whom he feels an undeniably strong connection, who showed up once again on their doorstep. With Aidan’s guardian angel vanished without a trace and his mentor seeming to be of poor health and degrading more and more every day, it looks like things are going to be more challenging than ever before.

The first book in this series ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I knew I couldn’t wait to pick up the second installment. I was surprised by some of the twists that come right away in this one, and there are some unexpected revelations that crop up as the book rolls along. This isn’t anything close to a typical “angels vs. demons” story, which is something really like about it. And reluctant heroes are sometimes the most interesting kind.

But this one ends with what be even more of a cliffhanger than the first book…meaning the third book can’t come soon enough for me.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Brutal

Book Info

Title: Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle, Book 1)
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Published: July 1, 2015
Pages: 425
Publisher: Skyscape
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Aidan O’Linn’s childhood was far from what anyone would call typical. And when a demon killed his mother and marked his sister, Ava, with Darkness before his own eyes, it hit new extremes. Now he must protect his sister from the demons, who return every three years to try to finish what they started. But Aidan isn’t completely helpless in this endeavor. He has powers of his own, which allow him to see demons and try to fight them off before they can get to him. But lately he’s experiencing changes to those powers, and it’s clear things will only get more dangerous for him as a result. Aidan connects with Sid, the leader of a local paranormal investigation group, who has gathered a group of young people who also have powers, though each a bit different from Aidan’s. Aidan is hopeful that Sid can help him to understand his powers and keep his sister safe, but first Aidan needs to figure out if he can trust Sid. And trust is something that doesn’t come easy for Aidan at all. But should he have reason to trust Sid in the first place? And what about the others living in the house? With the demons coming for Ava again soon, Aidan doesn’t have much time to figure everything out.

I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book. When I read the blurb, I was intrigued enough to pick it up, but I didn’t expect to be drawn into this world as quickly as I was. The urban fantasy world (this is set in Los Angeles) that the author has created is very rich and dynamic, and the characters are well-developed, complex, and interesting. The plot has some unexpected twists, but it flows extremely well without a single scene appearing out of place. The way the author reveals the history is also quite fascinating, as it ties together comments that come up early in the book and follow the characters throughout.

This is the start of a series, and it’s definitely a solid one. I have to say I am personally looking forward to picking up the next installment when it releases in February.