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Death's Sweet Embrace: A Dark Brethren Novel (Dark Brethren Series) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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From the Back Cover
After centuries of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens the tenuous peace.
Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force forms to halt the madness, including the vampiric Aeternus Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes . . . and forbidden lovers.
A centuries-old blood feud has divided their shapeshifting peoples, and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside, for the killer they seek is but the first sign of the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.
About the Author
Tracey O'Hara grew up reading Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, and J.R.R. Tolkien, where she developed her taste for adventure and the paranormal thriller. When she's not writing, reading, or listening to heavy metal, she spends time with her husband, two sons, and three cats. The author of Night's Cold Kiss, she lives in Australia.
Night's Cold Kiss was shortlisted in the Best Horror Novel category at the 2009 Aurealis Awards and won the Novel with Romantic Elements category at the Romance Writer's of Australia 2009 awards.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now attending the school Kitt teaches at, her daughter and Raven are suddenly back in her life.
This plot was so good. Its intense and had twists and surprises I never saw coming. The ending is totally bizarre in a good way. I think the pacing is great. There are more than enough action scenes with a little downtime here or there for the reader to catch her breath. Without a doubt my favorite thing about this story was the story of Kitt's Pride. The dynamics of the Pride were intriguing and well developed. I loved some of the characters in the Pride and there is certainly more story there to be told should the author choose to go back to it later in the series. This book could have been rated more highly in my estimation if the story was even more centered on the Pride aspect.
So what drags this book down to a 3 1/2 star review?Read more ›
I am totally okay with the shift in main characters. It's a good way to write a long romance series without having the main couple get together and break up and get together and break up, etc. What bothers me is that the construction of the book is different from the first in the series. Rather than following only the two main characters, the view point follows others, including the serial killer. The reason O'hara did this brings me to my second concern.
This book has three or four villains/organizations (although maybe they're all part of the same cause?). There's the serial killer, the aliens who originally brought the paranormals to earth as their slaves, the organization the baddie from book one was a part of and the crazy Aeternus who is creating a pack of Necrodeniacs. Overkill much? Because there is so much going on and the group has to split up all the time to deal with the many problems, she could not write from the perspective of just two characters.
I really don't think that the addition of more view points or bad guys added to the book. Now the book is taking itself way too seriously; it is trying to be more fantasy/adventure than romance. This book has very few steamy scenes.Read more ›
Kitt and Raven, former lovers are Animalian (shifters). She is a snow leopard and he is a werewolf. Years ago Raven was accused of killing Kitt's husband and there is a bounty on his head so they have not seen each other in years. They have a pair of twin daughters together as well. Since she was excommunicated Kitt has been separated from her daughters most of their lives. She now teaches at the university they attend so a reunion is evitable. What Kitt doesn't know is that she is about to reunited with their father as well when a series of ritualistic murders start occurring in the vicinity. They are similar to the way Kitts husband was murdered so Raven is an obvious suspect although Kitt knows that Raven is innocent of her husband's murder.
The first thing that struck me when I began to read this book was how violent it was. There is a gruesome murder described in graphic detail right at the beginning and I was a little shocked yet intrigued at the same time. Some part of me wanted to put the book down but I just couldn't. With a start like that I had to keep going.
Raven arrives and after all the time he's been separated he's still in love with Kitt and determined to have her back. Their history is complicated and dangerous for Raven but despite the risks, he wants her. He's quite a noble hero as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Paranormal mysteries from the viewpoint of a medical examiner. Interesting world view, good characters, totally entertaining!Published 21 months ago by J. Howard
Great suspense inside this supernatural novel. The fight scenes were full of suspense, and the mystery of "Who done it?", was completely shielded from the reader. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JoyS
After loving Night's Cold Kiss and the world Tracey has created, I was really looking forward to Death's Sweet Embrace. Read more
i picked up this book (2nd of her dark brethren title) in the hopes it would be a "sequel" of sorts ---it'S NOT it is more of a parellel book to the first with the main characters... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Daniel Rousch
I really don't have much to say about this novel, beyond the fact that it doesn't make an impression. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Navigator
Book two in the Dark Brethren series has some of the characters as book one NIGHTS COLD KISS but mainly follows Kitt Jordan an Animalian (shifter). Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Urban Fantasy Investigations
Death's Sweet Embrace, put out by the HarperCollins imprint Harper Voyager, is second in a series of urban fantasy novels from Australian author Tracey O'Hara. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews
Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book, it just could have been better. I loved the plot... what's not to like about a villian who is paralysing people and ripping out their... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Ricks Picks
Death's Sweet Embrace is the second novel in Tracey O'Hara's DARK BRETHREN series and the follow-up to 2009's Night's Cold Kiss. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Kelly (Fantasy Literature)