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Eve of Darkness (Marked, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009

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Book 1 of 3 in the Marked Series

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Exhilarating adventure in an edgy world of angels and demons highlights the opener of Day's Marked trilogy. After a steamy encounter in a stairwell, Evangeline Hollis discovers that she has been branded with the Mark of Cain, unfairly punished because of a man's attraction to her. She is now a Mark: a celestial bounty hunter charged with sending rogue demons and other Infernals back to hell. Agnostic Eve feels trapped and wants to leave the firm, but that requires the aid of the most famous brothers in history: Alec Cain, God's top Mark and Eve's former lover, and Reed Abel, who assigns her bounties. Dynamic and vibrant, Eve is an impressive protagonist, and her fierce spirit and determination to make the best of her circumstances will keep readers enthralled. (May)
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"Exhilarating adventure in an edgy world of angels and demons highlights the opener of Day’s Marked trilogy. Dynamic and vibrant, Eve is an impressive protagonist, and her fierce spirit and determination to make the best of her circumstances will keep readers enthralled."--Publishers Weekly

"Day, aka multitalented author Sylvia Day, explodes onto the urban fantasy scene with a new twist on the Cain and Abel story. It’s dark, gritty and sexy to the max, so readers can be thankful the next chapter in this pulse-pounding series is only a month away!"--Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Great characters and terrific storytelling in a hot-blooded adrenaline ride. A keep-you-up-all-night read."--Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Eve of Darkness is a sizzling, heart-pounding urban fantasy that thrilled and fascinated me from beginning to end. Eve is a smart, spirited heroine I won’t soon forget!"--Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 Original edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765360411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765360410
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on April 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to S.J. Day's California, where demons walk among us, unbeknownst to all but a few chosen souls. These chosen souls are the "Marks," so named because they bear the Mark of Cain. Personally recruited by God to serve as demon-hunting enforcers, they gain superhuman powers and a chance to expiate their sins. The oldest, baddest mark is Cain himself. He's still a rebel with a distaste for rules, and he still doesn't get along with that brother of his.

Our heroine, Evangeline "Eve" Hollis, finds herself thrust unexpectedly into the life of a Mark after a hot elevator interlude with a man who reminds her eerily of her first love, Alec Cain. (Guess who.) Eve of Darkness follows Eve as she adjusts to her new powers, learns to navigate the world of celestial and infernal politics, and wrestles with feelings for both Cain and Abel.

Eve is an interesting character in a subgenre where heroines often seem cookie-cutter. She's not a complete loner, for starters -- she has a complicated relationship with her parents and a warm, sweet friendship with an elderly widow in her building. She also seems very realistic in her initial reactions to the changes in her life. Rather than suddenly transforming into a hard-edged warrior, she is reluctant to embrace this new existence, and would rather just get on with her interior design career until she realizes there's no going back. She also is able to think outside the box at times and come up with unconventional solutions to problems.

S.J. Day has obviously done her research into the lore she is using. The moment where her hard work really became evident to me was in the scene with the lilin.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P. Ramirez on April 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So, I have always been one of those people who buys books at random. If I see it and it looks even remotely appealing, I generally end up with a copy. That is what happened with my newest acquisition, "Eve of Darkness." It just stared me down from the shelf, its sweet cover-art refusing to allow me to look away. And when I read the back cover and discovered that it was the first book in a new series, and that the next two books would be released by July, I was sold.

The premise of the book was pretty compelling. I mean, there are a lot of `supernatural' books out there today. It seems like everyone and their dog is jumping on the bandwagon, writing books about demons and werewolves and vampires and faeries. Now don't get me wrong, I love the majority of those books. But this series is about Angels and other main players in the bible. How original is that?
The books center around a woman named Evangeline (Eve) and a stairwell tryst that results in her being punished with the mark of Cain. Cain also happens to be the last name of Eve's first love, who took her virginity and left without a trace a decade earlier. Of course, the story wouldn't be complete without Cain's brother. And Abel is alive and well in this book. In fact, he was the one trysting with Eve in the stairwell. And the one who did the marking. Nefarious.

Being marked initiates a change that gives Eve super-human senses, makes her impervious to the effects of mind-altering substances, and (for some reason) makes her hornier than a person has a right to be. Lucky for her Cain swoops in to facilitate her life-change. Once the change is complete, it is he who advises Eve that the marked are pretty much the assassins of the angels. (That is the short description.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Domini on May 20, 2009
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I'm not sure why I keep browsing the urban fantasy; I keep being dissapointed. Jim Butcher is about the only one I keep consistantly liking...I'm not sure what the heck the Anita Blake series did, Sookie Stackhouse seems to be meandering, and I couldn't get into Armstrong's books, Harrison's books, or Caine's books. (Actually, with Caine I binged on the sugar-lightness and then utterly burned out on book five or something.) Patricia Brigg's novels are solid enough, but they don't have the zing either. Perhaps what I'm looking for isn't being written.

I couldn't really get my heart around this one; it has all the "required" bits...heroine in fast-paced career, hot guys, sex, action...and the magic system has some thought behind it, it's a very interesting twist on the whole Christian mythos (no insult intended to those christians reading this). But I found the sex repetative and boring--it's just not subtle at all. It's not romantic. It seemed like a bunch of pointless rutting to me. The guys were cover-model hot but not very deep (to me at least). The opening scene is never resolved at the end of the book, we never get back to the dragon or see what happens at the game.

Writing-wise, the book didn't have any other obvious seemed square and novel-shaped. Technically competent. But it didn't really suck me in. It didn't have that *pull*, it didn't give me that fascination I get when reading a really really good book. And I was hoping it would have.

Oh well.
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