The Darkness Beyond (Paladins of Darkness, Book 8) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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So This is why the Paladins fight and why they fight mostly with swords. It's a creative idea for a paranormal romance. The individual male characters are fairly distinctive.But the female characters all seem pretty similar to me. In TDB DJ a kinetically hyper and infamous hacker is hunted down by Reggie - who is a cyber bounty hunter. She accidentally trips some alarms of the Regents (the Paladins managers - a bunch of whom are corrupt). She is kidnapped by the regents and thrown into an alien world.
The are the type of romances where people fall in love after one kiss no matter how hard they try to deny it. It is a very easy read. The sex scenes are short but there is usually one with more time put into it.
My main criticism is that all of the Paladins have the same basic hang ups and since they can live so long and they live together you'd think they would talk about some of this stuff. The women are all strong yet insecure too. Reggie is a prime example of that she's a star hacker and I think a brown belt. Only in this book its DJ whose fears must be defeated. If you like a light paranormal romance give it a try, but don't be surprised if you get hooked to the whole series.
I have thus far enjoyed all the novels in the paladin series. The book was reading well, building I thought to another stunning conclusion which satisfies ones' craving for romance, action and the typical if unusually delivered "happy ending." However< I was to be disappointed because several Issues addressed in the story were just left hanging and the conclusion between the hero and heroine just like the water in the lake just left you cold. I usually don't bother to write bad reviews but I wish someone had warned me about the ending. What happened to the bad guys?
What about the new paladin? How do you resolve the job situation? How do they leave Kalitha? What about a more conclusive resolution to D.J. and Reggie's relationship? This book started too well to have been saddled with such an ABRUPT ending. Come on all those answers were necessary to a smooth conclusion.. Where is part two...? I feel short-changed. Did my book have some missing pages>>>
Bottom Line: Great entertainment, easy read, keeps the big story moving and I enjoyed it greatly. 4.5/5 stars
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For anyone who hasn't read the series so far then I will try to quickly explain what the series is about before I delve into the book some more. I would also recommend reading the series from the beginning otherwise some of the story probably won't make sense.
The Paladins are warriors who defend our world from the others (also known as Kalith), they are a secret organisation headed/ran by the Regents (who aren't Paladins just normal human beings). The Paladins are not only warriors but warriors who can come back to life from fatal wounds, however they can only come back so many times before the madness envelops them and they ultimately have to be killed permanently. The series is primarily based in Seattle with the Paladin contingent based there, where in the tunnels below the three peaks of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and St Helens there is a barrier between our world and the Others (Kalithia). The Paladins job is to stop the Others (Kalith) from crossing over that barrier into our world when the barrier fails due to earthquakes as for the Others to attempt to cross over means that they have already gone crazy with the madness that is destroying their people. In Kalithia there is no light like in our world and they are surrounded in darkness apart from the light they make from the crystals in their world. The majority of the Kalith succumb to a sort of madness from the dark that has them trying to enter our world of light when the barrier fails even though they know that they are either going to be killed by the Paladins waiting for them to try to cross over or be thrown back into their world when the barrier is down again. The whole other world and Paladins are kept secret from the rest of humanity and the world has no idea of the battles that take place regularly.
D.J. Clayborne is not only a Paladin warrior but a computer genius, there isn't a computer system he can't hack in to and his notoriety as the cyber hacker named Knightwalker goes well before him. Reggie works for a computer firm who specialises in hunting down cyber hacker's and put quite simply she is the best. She has been on the trail of the legendary Knightwalker and unknown to both him and the company she works for, she has actually already identified who he is but has been playing 'cyber tag' with him for the last few weeks. Reggie manages to hack into the Paladins computer records and read the history of the Paladins. D.J. finds out that she has managed to read the history and sets out to warn her in person to delete the copy she has made and forget all about what she has read before she gets in any more trouble. Reggie falls into a trap set by a couple of the corrupt Regents (the Regents are the administrative side of the organisation and overlook the Paladins) who hope to use her computer skills to find some money that one of the other corrupt Regents hid before they were caught and Reggie ends up being taken over the barrier into Kalithia by a couple of Others. D.J. feeling responsible for her and also by this point knowing how much he likes her travels over the barrier to rescue her, but will he manage to do so in time and get the both of them home safe?
I really enjoyed D.J.'s story even more so that I didn't have to wait so long for it from the last one (Larem's story). I didn't particularly like Reggie all that much compared to some of the other ladies from the other books but I think because I've been waiting so long for D.J.'s story that no-one would have lived up to my expectations for him! Another brilliant instalment in the series and Alexis Morgan has even managed to introduce another future Paladin into the mix in the form of the young Cody, so hopefully a future story for him when he's a bit older. Here is the reading order if you need it:
1. Dark Protector (Paladins of Darkness)
2. Dark Defender
3. In Darkness Reborn (Paladins of Darkness 3)
4. Redeemed in Darkness (Paladin)
5. Darkness Unknown (Pocket Star Books Romance)
6. Defeat the Darkness (Paladins of Darkness)
7. Bound by Darkness (Paladin)
8. The Darkness Beyond
What can I say about this Author?
Apart from Brilliant as usual, love all her books.
You wouldn't be disappointed.
Paladins of Darkness ist eine Serie, die ich jedem Fan dieses Genre nur empfehlen kann.