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- Publisher: Avid Press (February 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2016
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- Language: English
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Seven Against the Dark: Seven Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Series Starters Kindle Edition
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Danley’s book is only one of seven novels in this bundle and every single one of the books is a lot of fun to read. Annie Bellet’s “Justice Calling” gives a star-making entrance to its sexy tiger-shifter Aleksei Kirov “Justice of the Council of Nine” but it’s the author’s setting—Wyld, Idaho—that elevates the book from its genre. The small town where the heroine runs a comic book and tabletop gaming store is “the shape-shifter capital of the west,” and we can visualize exactly the kind of town it might be. The heroine, jade Crow, has a sense of humor and her reaction to Aleksei is a deadpan, “So, you know, not your average comic book or tabletop gaming enthusiast.”
There’s another heroine named Jade in the book, Jade Calhoun, the empath at the heart of “Haunted on Bourbon Street.” Her description of a “craft shop” run by Bea puts us right in the center of magical New Orleans, and Deanna Chase, like the other writers in the bundle, gives a lot of weight to sense of place.
This is true even when the “place” is one the author made us, as Anthea Sharp did in “Feyland.” Her writing is drop-dead gorgeous, near poetry at times, and lines like, “She smelled of stars and roses,” convey the magical quality of the Dark Queen of the Faeries.
Christine Pope’s “Darkangel” is also firmly rooted in its sense of place, and provides a practical look at the issue of a witch finding her consort. (Let’s just say Angela McAllister has to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds the literal man of her dreams.) One of the hallmarks of this book—like the others in the collection—is the strong sense that there’s a whole world contained in the pages of the book. Angela’s witch clan has rules and taboos and allies and enemies, and all of this is worked out beautifully.
Ditto for Helen Harper’s “Bloodfire” with its casual scattering of paranormal creatures into the mix. (A group of shape-shifters avoids admonishment because there are “water-wights terrorizing pleasure boats on the Thames.”)
I also enjoyed Colleen Gleason’s vampire hunter historical urban fantasy “The Rest Falls Away” with its Jane Austen world (so much better than “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”) The book gave us not just a sense of place but also a sense of time.
Boxed sets are great introductions to writers and series. I’d only read one of these writers before, but now that I’ve read the others, I’ll be back for more.
Helen Harper; Bloodfire:
The main plot and sub-plots were well thought out and moved from beginning to end smoothly. The world view is interesting and adds to the story line, and while not completely unique it is developed into what feels like a new way of looking at the idea of what it represents (Not wanting to give the surprise away, but: Who knew THAT was possible? Or THAT?). Location helps the story line, with an authentic feel to a setting that is basically ‘the sticks’ of the English countryside.
There was a lot of internal and external tension which helped to retain interest in the book. The characters are interesting and while character development needs work, the main and supportive characters do have individuality and are consistent within themselves as to what role they play and fulfill in the plot of the story (although the main character is walking around with a blind spot so obvious that even though the specific twist is not clear, it is clear that she is an ignorant tween that has no self-awareness and can’t see anything about her own personal reality while the reader can see within a couple of chapters that there is definitely something about to be disclosed – for the whole book).
There is a lot of nudity decreed by the requirement to become naked to change forms (werecreatures are central in this novel) or be naked when changing back, but it is tastefully handled. This story is not about sex, or sexual relationships – though there are potential love interests – it is about love of family (with family being defined as those we live with and care about, though not always both), protecting loved ones, discovering truths, and revenge. Not a bad focus at all.
Warning: major cliffhangers. It can be read as a stand alone novel, and you can read this book without following up on the rest of the series if you decide you don’t like it, but it won’t be easy with the cliffhangers at the end.
Christine Pope; Darkangel:
This is an extremely well written piece of work. Plot, sub-plots, worldview, character development, internal and external tension, mysterious underpinnings, love interests with both sensuality and sexuality – all are well executed.
The worldview with its notion of a prima of a coven that needs a consort that is predestined to create the circumstances that increase her own power within herself and the power of the coven sounded fairly unique, and was what attracted me to this set of novels to begin with. I was not disappointed.
Before you get all excited about this novel (the way I did) keep in mind this one thing: it is most definitely not something you can read without getting the next (and the next, and the next) in the series because the ending is one gigantic cliffhanger! It is most definitely not something that is a stand alone novel; it needs the follow up books. However, if you are like me and enjoy reading a series of books that are about the same main character, watching them develop and grow as individuals (hopefully), that is not necessarily a bad thing. We’ll see how it turns out, as I already bought the rest of the series in an omnibus kindle grouping.
Anthea Sharp; Feyland:
Again, this is an extremely well written piece of work. Plot, sub-plots, what I believe is a very unique worldview, strong character development, internal and external tension, love interests (while decidedly juvenile due to the age of the characters, and the circumstances of the plot), and a lot of intrigue for a book with main characters that are still in high school.
The setting of this novel, which flows from a futuristic gamer/nerdy setting and high school to immersion in the ancient land of Faeries with extremely well executed ease, is a central piece to the success of this novel. The setting is so central to the plot and so well done, that it is almost a character of the story. I also like the disparity of the points of view of the two main characters – giving us two widely variant outlooks on the same place and time due to the differences in their circumstances within that futuristic world. And, unlike many novels that have two extremely different settings in the plot, the transitions from one setting to the other were well thought out and executed.
I think this particular novel is written for a younger audience; however, I feel that it is a fun piece to read no matter what your age. I also like that if you want to read just this book and not go further you can (the cliffhangers in this one are fairly gentle), but that further installments are available if you want to read more.
Deanna Chase; Haunted on Bourbon Street:
Steamy sexual scenes make this a much more grown up book, without a doubt, but it does not rely on sex to keep the reader interested. The plot is solidly developed, and the setting is appropriate for the story. The main character has interesting problems that lead to both internal and external tension – and situations that are both internal and external simultaneously.
Ghosts, witches, empaths, haunted buildings, a bar, strippers, and a coffee shop – all worked into the story in a believable and workable combination that makes this an intriguing and fun and scary story all at once. Mystery and sleuthing while just trying to get through one more day, and really hot sex to boot (even if most it requires cold showers before work). What’s not to like?
There are some hints at more to come, but this novel can be read on its own without following up on the next one as the ending completely ties up almost all the loose ends and leaves you feeling like you actually finished a book. It’s the characters and the idea of the world view that will make you want to follow up with more of the series – not cliffhangers that leave you wishing you knew ‘what happened after that’ as you look for another chapter...
Annie Bellet; Justice Calling:
While this book calls upon the world of gamers and nerds for plot development, it is more about the world of shifters and other supernatural beings. Central to the plot is that the main character (Jade Crow) is not what she has presented herself to be to her friends and cohorts, as she is hiding from a truly evil individual who wishes to do decidedly awful things to her if he finds her.
Characters are well developed, the plot revolves around the supernatural and at the same time involves one of the oldest stories in the world (I need to hide from my ex or else), the worldview is fairly unique but also familiar if you read a lot of fantasy fiction, the story is believable for the setting and worldview, there is a forbidden love interest happening while at the same time being ignored (isn’t that fun).
The end ties up all the loose ends of the plot for this particular novel, but leaves you wondering what is happening next without a true cliffhanger at the end.
Most frustrating thing? It was not a full length novel! I wanted more. Good news – while book two is also shorter than a full length novel, the following books in the series are full length – and it too is available as an omnibus for kindle!
Kate Danley; Maggie for Hire:
Wow – talk about a unique world view and setting! This book explores what happens when this reality and the reality of another plane (which contains all the beings from the fairy tales and horror stories that have seeped into our popular entertainment) co-exist in one person’s life, and how those icky things that go bump in the night manage to cross from that other plane to this one without permission – and then need to be tracked down and removed to go back to where they belong, one way or another. Which is what the main character does – track them down and take them back for a bounty (sometimes in a ziploc baggie); meanwhile, she’s solving family crises and pursuing personal quests.
I really enjoyed this book – the character development added to the story line (elves that are annoying, LOL!), there was a lot of tension leading to excitement, and the main character had an endearingly prickly personality. Dialogue was fun. The plot was a little character driven, but it managed to work well.
While the book managed to tie up most of the loose ends, letting this be a novel that could stand on its own, there was enough unfinished business to create an interest in following up with the next one.
Colleen Gleason; The Rest Falls Away:
This book is a combination of a historical romance and a vampire hunter story (very reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is not a disparagement as I truly enjoy all things Buffy).
The plot is interesting, and there are a few twists. At least one of which I should have expected and didn’t. It is about the dual life of a woman of British nineteenth century upper society going through the steps of fulfilling her role in society as a debutante coming out and all that goes with that, while at the same time learning to hunt and kill vampires as the fulfillment of her call to answer a traditional family role (although, unlike Buffy, she has more teachers and some vampire hunter companions as there are always more than one vampire hunter all the time) – and mostly about her trying to balance those roles while still managing to get enough sleep.
There are some conflicting love interests, and some genteel (and not so genteel) sexual encounters, but the book does not rely on sex to maintain interest in the story.
Considering I dislike romances, and especially dislike historical romances, this was a good book. If you like historical romances, it would be a great one.
Again – there are some cliffhangers but the majority of loose ends are taken care of and this book is one that could stand alone as a novel while at the same time leading the reader to wonder what is happening next.
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