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Dark City (Tales of the Shadow City Book 2) Kindle Edition
"This exciting mashup of horror and action-adventure tropes is sure to have readers tuning in for the next installment." -Publishers Weekly about Shadow City
"Shadow City is full of adventure, thrills, and twists and turns. The characters are fully realized, and the swift pace keeps the story moving along, so readers will likely find themselves turning pages in rapid succession." -IndieReader about Shadow City
"There are aspects of fantasy, science-fiction, horror, and dystopia, and all blended in a way that paints H. R. Giger's nightmarish world (...) Mocikat demonstrates her gift for injecting terror into her stories that cut to the core of our common fears and frailties." -Authors Reading about Shadow City--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B08D1Z3718
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing (September 17, 2020)
- Publication date : September 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1046 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,361 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Set in a gritty and evocative post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, Dark City presents a world of struggling humans living in an uneasy alliance with vampires even as larger forces – both meteorological and alien – loom above them and ultimately descend upon them. Mocikat masterfully shifts scenes from the heroic Colton to the world-weary and wise vampire Eric to Colton’s girlfriend Jean to Jean’s brother Louis and to the aforementioned Eurydice and Vincent. By juxtaposing these perspectives and storylines, Mocikat builds intrigue and tension to extraordinary levels.
In other words, this novel is a tremendously fun read because the Eurydice, Vincent, Colton, Eric, and Jean are constantly on the precipice of making monumental decisions and taking irrevocable actions. Each struggles with torn commitments in an environment where survival and a way forward are not often compatible. Those layers are only heightened by a visit in the second half of Dark City to the intellectual sanctuary dubbed the Academy – a place where a number of jaw-dropping revelations come to pass.
Mocikat leavens much of this intensity with wry humor throughout, particularly the sharp and delightful banter between Eric and the cyborg Bombshell. I had been looking forward to Dark City ever since the first novel in the Tales of Shadow City trilogy came out last year. That novel, Shadow City, where the street smarts and the vitality of individuals somehow brought life to an L.A. wasteland was a wonder. Dark City builds off Mocikat’s earlier vision as the characters become even more vulnerable and appealing.
As I mentioned earlier, the climax of the Dark City is filled with stunning revelations and offers exciting possibilities for the finale of the trilogy. I can’t wait to see where Mocikat and her troubled characters deliver us.
We now have a better understanding of each of them and their unique journeys in this dystopian LA setting. I felt more enlightened and playfully confused as the story progressed but I truly have grown attached to these characters now. Even the supposedly evil ‘Eurydice’ becomes more intriguing in ways I wasn’t expecting. I think I’m fan of Eric, the very ‘human like’ vampire. He truly grew more and can’t wait to see how things work out for him. The history of Colton is finally revealed and there’s glimpses of what the Academy actually is which felt like a tease in the first book.
This is only the second book of this trilogy so the book naturally ends on a cliff hanger but there’s a well done epilogue at the end that makes me excited for eventually more to come. Can’t wait to see what happens to these characters! Even though the world is a dark place we are what we surround ourselves with for sure. Really fun story I totally recommend this if you like cool dystopian tales with captivatingly well written characters. If you enjoyed ‘Shadow City’ even a little you’ll likely love ‘Dark City’ I of course very much did!
In what was once Los Angeles, a hardy group of people occupies The Zone, a tenacious enclave of what might loosely be called civilization amid chaos and savagery.
In Dark City, the breathless sequel to Anna Mocikat's Shadow City, we learn more about what was behind the Glitch, and the way the vestiges of our world lies poised between interdimensional forces. The fate of Earth hinges on the outcome of this aeons-old battle!
But for all these Huge themes, what sets this series apart is its focus on character. There is an intimacy, even a sweetness to the ways in which relationships play out on this cataclysmic landscape. In Shadow City, these relationships develop still further, against all odds and amid the most dreadful of adversities.
That said, the action in these books is expertly written, clear and page-turning! The imagery is arresting despite the deceptively simple, straightforward language.
I BLAZED through this book in three (quite busy!) days, and I heartily recommend that you too take the ride!
Top reviews from other countries
Die Herkunft von Colton wird aufgeklärt und man erfährt mehr über die mysteriöse Acadamy.
Die in einem apokalyptischen Glitch hervorgetretenen Dark Ones gewinnen an Stärke und für die Menschen in der Zone wird es immer schwieriger. Seit Anbeginn der Tage liegt die Erde als Puffer zwischen zwei Dimension der Dunkelheit und des Lichts, früher als Engel und Teufel bekannt? In Vincent wohnt ein Wesen des Lichts. Kann er seine Gegenspieler aufhalten, ohne seine wahre Identität zu zeigen? Die Vampire halten zu den Menschen, welche die Dunkle Seite bekämpfen. Nur Vincent liebt Eurydice, eine Vampirin, die seinen Erzfeind unterstützt. Konflikte, die ihre Liebe übersteht?
Es bleiben viele Fragen offen für den dritten Teil.
Von den drei Serien der Autorin, dachte ich diese postapokalyptische Story über Vampire, Menschen, geheime Forschungslabore und der Frage, ob die Dunkle Seite nun triumphiert, würde mich am wenigsten interessieren. Komplette Fehleinschätzung. Am Ende haben mich diese beiden Bücher am meisten von allen bewegt.
Es ist wohl die Story über die Liebe zwischen Vincent und Eurydice. Als Vampirin aus dem Mittelalter und uralte außerirdische Lebensform dachten sie, über die Jahrhunderte hätte sie alles gesehen und auf einmal erleben sie diese starken Emotionen...
Ich freue mich schon auf den dritten Teil!