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Product Details

  • Series: Deadglass (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420124560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420124569
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this dazzling debut, Brady blends Norse, Babylonian, and Native American mythology to create a dark and compelling story set in an alternate present day... This dark paranormal moves quickly to a thrilling finish, setting the stage for the next installment of this irresistible new series." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Mythologies mingle in Kira Brady's imaginative debut.... Part steampunk and part shifter romance, this fast-paced, gritty story will thrill paranormal readers." - BookPage

"In the world Brady brings to life, the characters are fresh and exciting, and the story is fascinating. Dragons and shapeshifters will never look the same." - RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"I can't wait for the next Deadglass novel. What a debut. A-" - Jane Litte, DearAuthor.com

About the Author

KIRA BRADY writes apocalyptic paranormal romances set in a grisly modern-day Seattle. A native Seattleite, she spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real-life Prince Charming and promptly dragged him back to sunless Seattle. She fell in love with historic haunted cities in graduate school. Now she writes about the twisted cities of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart. When not writing, she can be found drinking inordinately large mugs of Assam tea, knitting wool socks, and raising a wee heroine-in-training. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Kira Brady's debut Hearts of Darkness was named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Publishers Weekly. She is the author of the Deadglass Trilogy, apocalyptic paranormal romance set in a grisly modern day Seattle from Kensington Publishing.

A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real life Prince Charming and promptly dragged him back to sunless Seattle. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school. Now she writes about the twisted cities of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart. When not writing, she can be found drinking inordinately large mugs of Assam tea, knitting wool socks, and raising a wee heroine and hero-in-training.

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I can't wait to read the next books in the Deadglass Trilogy, mostly because Brady is a fantastic writer and storyteller.
danielle01713
With a very intricate world and character building, Ms. Brady did a superb job of creating a world of mix mythology, shape shifters, ghost, and dragons.
Under The Covers Book Blog
The book is a bit dark and focuses a little more on the story than the romance, but not enough for me to feel like the romance was lacking in any way.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa on August 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hearts of Darkness has to be the most unique book that I have read this year. It is definitely the furthest outside of my typical reading box/comfort zone. This story had so many different elements that I loved, the blend of mythologies and legends, the characters that I never knew which side they were fighting for, and then there is the setting. Kira has created a very dark Seattle that I never would want to visit. The crime is high, the political system is corrupt and beyond broken, anyone can be bought for a price, and the humans are completely blind to what they living among.

Kira has mixed Native American folklore, Babylonian mythology, paranormal elements of shifters and ghosts, a mild almost steampunk element with the technology and the characters attire, and then readers are still given the mystery of what happened to Kayla's sister. The way that she has blended these elements makes for one incredible tale wrapped in a book that is impossible to put down.

I am still is shock over the ending of this book. At the beginning readers meet Kayla who has traveled to Seattle due to her sister's untimely death. Kayla immediately finds out that multiple people are looking for a necklace that she had in her possession at the time of her death. To point out that as the pages turn there is so much more going on than a missing necklace would be a massive understatement. It took me a few chapters to really get into Hearts of Darkness. Once this book gets going it picks up speed and never slows down. The ending is amazing and I never saw it coming. It is not a cliffhanger, but an intensely shocking game changer.

The spine of this book lists it as paranormal romance. Hearts of Darkness feels more urban fantasy to me than it did paranormal romance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thrifty Shopper on August 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was also lucky enough to get an advanced copy of the book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second in the trilogy! As other reviewers have raved, Brady's world building is unrivaled - an art form unto itself. It's not necessarily a "light beach read" but you will learn what you need within the first several chapters and be sucked in from there on.

Once you get the lay of the land and depth of the characters and their back-stories the book will become a part of you. Brady not only builds worlds, but builds webs of complex relationships between every character in the book that make them far more interesting than most 2-D characters these days. It's worth the commitment to get into the complexity and depth of the world and characters when you understand this will be a THREE PART series, and there will be lots of time to explore.

So when does Book 2 come out? I'm ready for it now!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Kayla has lost everything that she loves and Hart has nothing he cares about except for his freedom. These two have nothing in common but heartbreak and a mission to find the key. Can this good girl help the bad boy werewolf find the key and his heart before the world goes up in smoke.

Kayla is your typical good girl that is heartbroken over the loss of her sister. Her sister was everything she's not. So now she has to channel some of what made her sister special to find the key in order to save Hart and the world. She stumbles through learning that the world isn't so black and white and that the supernatural are very real and now she has a soul sucking dragon on her tail. Hart is a bad boy werewolf who was marked at birth to have moon madness. He is an outcast who is also a blood slave to the soul sucking dragon. Hart is doing anything in his power to gain his freedom but Kayla gets in the way, and Hart has to choose his freedom or once in lifetime kind of love.

This book does a good job of laying the groundwork for the rest of the series. I took it as an introduction to a lot of characters we will see in the future while giving us a couple to root for. I would have liked to see more of a romantic interaction between Kayla and Hart, but it was also important to future books that we get a better understanding of the world that this takes place in. I also liked how the author incorporated mythology so effortlessly. I can't wait to see how the next installment unfolds.

3.5 Stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Caffeinated Reader on October 30, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought Hearts of Darkness b/c it received an A- review at Dear Author's site, and it's set in Seattle, my home city. I was in a Regency rut over the summer and needed to break out. Did I ever! This is so different from my usual Regency cupcakes that my head spun - in a very good way. First: after living in Seattle for 17 years, I finally understand the politics. Power mad ancient dragon shapeshifters control our mayor and order him to build a 'big dig' style tunnel! That explains A LOT about my home. (FYI for those of you from elsewhere, dragons = more rational than Seattle politics.) Deft touches like that, weaving in real Seattle situations and places, are one of the joys of this novel. The characters go waaaay off the usual Seattle-setting beaten paths, for example into Gasworks Park (a real, very steampunk, place). I've been to the chocolate factory she writes about, albeit under a different name (although the real ones aren't actually drugged!). And the former funeral home turned night club totally exists. So the setting is a living, breathing, character in Hearts of Darkness - if you like to feel like you are IN a place, an unusual place, this is a book for you.

World building: the mix of mythologies is intense. As mentioned, I usually read Regency, so the world here challenged me. I couldn't read this all in one sitting b/c of information overload - but in a great way. I was somewhat familiar with both Norse and Northwest Native religions, and they are woven into the story very well. Maybe people who read a lot of books with intense world building could zip through it, but I needed time to process all the threads. There's at least five different point of view characters, for instance.
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