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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.
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061783145
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061783142
- Item Weight : 5.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.84 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,427,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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? The characterization is poor. These characters are so great on the surface but they aren't developed enough to make them unforgettable. Raven was a better character than the first hero Christian. I had a better sense of his character but still it wasn't enough. While I like both Kitt and Antoinette I feel like neither is completely fleshed out. I want to know why these ladies are so special. I would have liked to have known more about why Kitt gave her babies up all those years ago. Also I disagree with some reviewers who think this is a romance trying to be urban fantasy. I totally think the romance falls flat and the story is much stronger on plot and action. There are a lot of plotlines working at the same time and a ton of new characters were introduced. While things felt muddled occassionally I still felt like the story works. It is enjoyable. It is fun. Just like the first book was.
I liked this book a tad more than the first one. I like the characters but I just want to seem them stand on their own. Right now only Oberon really stands out as an extraordinary character. I hope he gets a story all his own one day. I can say with confidence that I will read further books from this author. I think once she hits her stride she is going to be a heavy player.
After loving Night's Cold Kiss and the world Tracey has created, I was really looking forward to Death's Sweet Embrace. I am happy to say that this second installment in Tracey's Dark Brethren series did NOT disappoint.
This time around we get to focus on two next main characters, Kitt and Raven. They are both Animalians from feuding clans that had a love affair 20 years before. Kitt's new job teaching at the Academy and a series of gruesome, ritualistic murders, bring these two start-crossed lovers back together.
Tracey O'Hara has created a very intricate world in the Dark Brethen series, I love a good world building and she has done it in spades. She also does an incredible job of not boring the readers with explanations. We get to learn about this incredible world piece by piece, without feeling like we are being fed a "history" lesson. It's subtle and keep things intriguing, all at the same time. This time around we finally start leaning a bit about what/who are the Dark Brethen and I am scared for the characters I have come to feel so close to.
One of my favorite things about this series is the perfect balance between the Romance and the Plot. Death's Sweet Embrace is full of action and very disturbing mystery, but at the same time there is a love story being told, one very reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet, however with a much happier ending.
I was utterly shocked by the mystery's conclusion, I did NOT see it coming at all and it has been a while since that happened. I loved being so surprised and am still in awe as to how Tracey has woven such a plot right before my eyes and I never saw it coming.
Now, the romance was just as awesome! Tracey got out a bit of the PNR comfort zone and told the story of a couple that were already together, but because of reasons bigger than they could handle have been apart for 20 years. Not only that, but they even have children together, twin 18-year-old girls, that were just fundamental to the story as anybody else.
I loved Death's Sweet Embrace and I really enjoyed getting a little bit of Night's Cold Kiss main characters, Antoinette and Christian. I really like the friendship that is being built between Antoinette and Kitt. However I would have rather had less POV moments from Antoinette. I feel that those moments stole a bit from Kitt and Raven's story. That's the only reason Death's Sweet Embrace didn't get full marks.
All is all, Death's Sweet Embrace was a brilliant addition to this incredible series that has officially been added to my favorites. If you love all things Paranormal, this is definitely a series you need to check out! I am really looking forward to book 3 later on this year, Can't wait!
Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life
Top reviews from other countries
In this installment we follow Kit, a widowed shapeshifting 'Animalian', who has been banned from her tribe & children. After taking a job teaching she is pulled into a harrowing investigation by Oberon (were bear), to find the killer who is sadistically killing shapeshifters on campus.
It's a multifaceted convoluted plot, dark, intense & gritty a tight story line with subplots & an interesting take on shapeshifters lifestyle & rules.
I couldn't read it quickly but read the book in installments, only because found it pretty violent and graphic in places. I appreciate the plot & depth of story & will definately be reading the next book, I am hoping that T.O continues Christian & Antoinettes story as there was still loads to explore from book one.
I found the ending a surprise & thinking I had the antagonist boxed off I found I was wrong.
A fascinating read a very strong urban fantasy with dark undertones...If you like this type of genre you won't be disappointed..