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Eve of Darkness (Marked, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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"Exhilarating adventure in an edgy world of angels and demons highlights the opener of Day’s Marked trilogy. Dynamic and vibrant, Eve is an impressive protagonist, and her fierce spirit and determination to make the best of her circumstances will keep readers enthralled."--Publishers Weekly
"Day, aka multitalented author Sylvia Day, explodes onto the urban fantasy scene with a new twist on the Cain and Abel story. It’s dark, gritty and sexy to the max, so readers can be thankful the next chapter in this pulse-pounding series is only a month away!"--Romantic Times BOOKreviews
"Great characters and terrific storytelling in a hot-blooded adrenaline ride. A keep-you-up-all-night read."--Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Eve of Darkness is a sizzling, heart-pounding urban fantasy that thrilled and fascinated me from beginning to end. Eve is a smart, spirited heroine I won’t soon forget!"--Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone
Top Customer Reviews
Our heroine, Evangeline "Eve" Hollis, finds herself thrust unexpectedly into the life of a Mark after a hot elevator interlude with a man who reminds her eerily of her first love, Alec Cain. (Guess who.) Eve of Darkness follows Eve as she adjusts to her new powers, learns to navigate the world of celestial and infernal politics, and wrestles with feelings for both Cain and Abel.
Eve is an interesting character in a subgenre where heroines often seem cookie-cutter. She's not a complete loner, for starters -- she has a complicated relationship with her parents and a warm, sweet friendship with an elderly widow in her building. She also seems very realistic in her initial reactions to the changes in her life. Rather than suddenly transforming into a hard-edged warrior, she is reluctant to embrace this new existence, and would rather just get on with her interior design career until she realizes there's no going back. She also is able to think outside the box at times and come up with unconventional solutions to problems.
S.J. Day has obviously done her research into the lore she is using. The moment where her hard work really became evident to me was in the scene with the lilin.Read more ›
The premise of the book was pretty compelling. I mean, there are a lot of `supernatural' books out there today. It seems like everyone and their dog is jumping on the bandwagon, writing books about demons and werewolves and vampires and faeries. Now don't get me wrong, I love the majority of those books. But this series is about Angels and other main players in the bible. How original is that?
The books center around a woman named Evangeline (Eve) and a stairwell tryst that results in her being punished with the mark of Cain. Cain also happens to be the last name of Eve's first love, who took her virginity and left without a trace a decade earlier. Of course, the story wouldn't be complete without Cain's brother. And Abel is alive and well in this book. In fact, he was the one trysting with Eve in the stairwell. And the one who did the marking. Nefarious.
Being marked initiates a change that gives Eve super-human senses, makes her impervious to the effects of mind-altering substances, and (for some reason) makes her hornier than a person has a right to be. Lucky for her Cain swoops in to facilitate her life-change. Once the change is complete, it is he who advises Eve that the marked are pretty much the assassins of the angels. (That is the short description.Read more ›
I couldn't really get my heart around this one; it has all the "required" bits...heroine in fast-paced career, hot guys, sex, action...and the magic system has some thought behind it, it's a very interesting twist on the whole Christian mythos (no insult intended to those christians reading this). But I found the sex repetative and boring--it's just not subtle at all. It's not romantic. It seemed like a bunch of pointless rutting to me. The guys were cover-model hot but not very deep (to me at least). The opening scene is never resolved at the end of the book, we never get back to the dragon or see what happens at the game.
Writing-wise, the book didn't have any other obvious flaws...it seemed square and novel-shaped. Technically competent. But it didn't really suck me in. It didn't have that *pull*, it didn't give me that fascination I get when reading a really really good book. And I was hoping it would have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is right up there with one of the worst I've ever read...or rather, read the first half and skimmed the rest when it was clear it wasn't going to get any better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Garnet
I always enjoy Sylvia Day's books. She is an excellent story teller. I was a little shocked that she wrote God is Jehovah, but have always been able to respect different beliefs.Published 1 month ago by Kristina Harville
It's reaching but still a great story with of course a good love triangle! I'll be reading the sequels. Well donePublished 2 months ago by C. Wagner
This is the first Sylvia Day book I've read and I am not a fan at all. The story does not flow well, and I was eagerly waiting for the story to make sense. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dissatisfied Mom
Again live the author, but subject matter is of no interest to me. Returned unread.Published 4 months ago by Barb
Another great read by Sylvia Day. I normally read in one sitting, I can’t put the book down.Published 4 months ago by jules
know and love Sylvia Day's writing. But when I was gifted the print books of this series I was ecstatic! Even more so because I never read them before! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ruby Hinkleberry