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Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass Novels) Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"Mythologies mingle in Kira Brady's imaginative debut.... Part steampunk and part shifter romance, this fast-paced, gritty story will thrill paranormal readers." - BookPage
"In the world Brady brings to life, the characters are fresh and exciting, and the story is fascinating. Dragons and shapeshifters will never look the same." - RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
"I can't wait for the next Deadglass novel. What a debut. A-" - Jane Litte, DearAuthor.com
About the Author
Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a coveted Audie Award, and was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Kira has mixed Native American folklore, Babylonian mythology, paranormal elements of shifters and ghosts, a mild almost steampunk element with the technology and the characters attire, and then readers are still given the mystery of what happened to Kayla's sister. The way that she has blended these elements makes for one incredible tale wrapped in a book that is impossible to put down.
I am still is shock over the ending of this book. At the beginning readers meet Kayla who has traveled to Seattle due to her sister's untimely death. Kayla immediately finds out that multiple people are looking for a necklace that she had in her possession at the time of her death. To point out that as the pages turn there is so much more going on than a missing necklace would be a massive understatement. It took me a few chapters to really get into Hearts of Darkness. Once this book gets going it picks up speed and never slows down. The ending is amazing and I never saw it coming. It is not a cliffhanger, but an intensely shocking game changer.
The spine of this book lists it as paranormal romance. Hearts of Darkness feels more urban fantasy to me than it did paranormal romance.Read more ›
Once you get the lay of the land and depth of the characters and their back-stories the book will become a part of you. Brady not only builds worlds, but builds webs of complex relationships between every character in the book that make them far more interesting than most 2-D characters these days. It's worth the commitment to get into the complexity and depth of the world and characters when you understand this will be a THREE PART series, and there will be lots of time to explore.
So when does Book 2 come out? I'm ready for it now!!
Kayla is your typical good girl that is heartbroken over the loss of her sister. Her sister was everything she's not. So now she has to channel some of what made her sister special to find the key in order to save Hart and the world. She stumbles through learning that the world isn't so black and white and that the supernatural are very real and now she has a soul sucking dragon on her tail. Hart is a bad boy werewolf who was marked at birth to have moon madness. He is an outcast who is also a blood slave to the soul sucking dragon. Hart is doing anything in his power to gain his freedom but Kayla gets in the way, and Hart has to choose his freedom or once in lifetime kind of love.
This book does a good job of laying the groundwork for the rest of the series. I took it as an introduction to a lot of characters we will see in the future while giving us a couple to root for. I would have liked to see more of a romantic interaction between Kayla and Hart, but it was also important to future books that we get a better understanding of the world that this takes place in. I also liked how the author incorporated mythology so effortlessly. I can't wait to see how the next installment unfolds.
Review copy provided for an honest review.
The novel takes place in an alternate Seattle, where ghosts/Wraiths are the cause of the occasional black outs around the city and the unknowing humans are dependent on the old invention of gas lamps to light the dark. Kayla Friday, our heroine of the novel arrives in Seattle to identify her sister's body and what she doesn't know is that she just walked right into a war that has been brewing between two shifter races for control of the city. The two main shifter clans are The Kivati (Native American) who can shift to any animal on the totem pole) and the Drekar (Norse) who are Dragon shifters.
I really enjoyed the world that Mrs. Brady created. She did a wonderful job of blending Native American, Babylonian and Norse Mythology together for a flawless story with strong-unique characters. Kayla, I don't really know how I feel about her, there were times when I admired her and other times felt annoyed with her. Hart, was the typical tortured-bad boy, alpha male which will have readers swooning over him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this long ago but refreshed my memory once more to better continue with the series a trilogy with four books?Published 17 months ago by Jenn Reedy
Do you ever read a book and think “I should DNF this, why don’t I DNF this?” because that was this book for me. The whole time, I kept thinking that, and yet I kept listening. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good first novel for a series. The main character seems a little dense for a bit, but she gets with the program and the book is very good. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Audrey Anderson
Took a while to get going, but I wanted it to be good so I stuck it out. Will be reading the second to see where it goes. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Tina
The world created in this book is complex and fascinating. I have always been a fan of authors able to create entire new worlds and fresh new ideas, and Hearts of Darkness did not... Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Avid Reader
Way too much effort and way too long to get into the characters or the plot. When you finally make it there, you wondered why you bothered.Published on March 27, 2014 by AvidReader
That paranormal activities exist in the environment and in communities challenge the imagination. Multiply that existence by three or more and it's a bit much. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Kindle Customer
What an amazing, elaborate world Kira Brady has created. I feel like I had to tell myself to close my mouth several times while reading. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Boogiesmommy
Hearts of Darkness was everything I was hoping for in a paranormal romance! I only recently got into reading romance, and am drawn towards novels that spend the time to fully... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by danielle01713