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Stalking Shadows (Diamond Peak) Paperback – December 1, 2013
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One of the cool things about the Diamond Peaks series is that a central message is focusing on the positive emotions. All of the different kinda of minor and major Rasas, or demons in this book feed on various different negative emotions. Some feed on fear, some on jealousy, and others on arrogance, pride or feelings of superiority. And to defeat them, not only do you need training and to be able to physically kick butt, but you have to be in control of your emotions and focus your positive energy for extra fighting power.
Stalking Shadows picks up where Lethal Inheritance left off, and Ariel and Nick are continuing their way up the mountain to defeat the big honcho demon. I like that each book focuses on a different Major Rasa Demon. This book was Amic- a demon that feed on feelings on arrogance and superiority. He would disguise himself as anyone that he thought you would look down upon, and feel like you were better than them. Some of the people he disguised himself as was pretty clever. But there isn't just one big fight at the end of the story, the whole way up the mountain is a struggle. I love how vast the mountain is. Ariel and Nick run into cities, and towns and each are so different than the last. There are medieval towns and modern cities full of luxuries. It is whatever the people living there want. It makes for a very cool book.
There are multiple points of views in Stalking Shadows. For the most part it is just Ariel and Nick but a couple of chapters were told from Ariel's mom's POV as well. I liked having the different narratives, but I would have preferred them to have been marked so I knew right away who was speaking. It wasn't overly confusing or anything like that but it would have just made it easier since sometimes the view points switched in the middle of a chapter.
Fans of fantasy will really like the Diamond Peak Series. I know I do. It is full of action, adventure, and lots of tentative romance. I love finding out more about this mountain, and I am so rooting on Ariel to kick major demon butt. She is great. She is not infallible but she learns quick and she is so determined. Thats what I love about her. Great Sequel.
*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
By now I've gotten to know these characters pretty well and I enjoyed continuing their journey with them, with a few minor characters who appeared in book one playing a bigger role in this story, as well as a few new ones.
Filled with even more twists and turns, this story only got better and better. With new alliances and even more danger, there were moments when I had to wonder who could be trusted and who had their own agenda. And then there was the romance element that didn't completely steal the show but satisfied the romantic in me. I enjoyed seeing Ariel and Nick together, and even though Ariel was so reluctant to be anything more than friends, sparks fired whenever these two interacted. There was just no denying their chemistry. Although, I must admit that is was a nice change to have a character who looked at the bigger picture instead of falling all over themselves in the name of love.
Again, the thing that stood out for me was the message this book held, and I absolutely loved the way in which it was delivered. Instead of feeding our demon's we should look to the light within to find peace, acceptance and understanding.
I'm eager to get to the next level on the mountain and one step closer to defeating the ultimate evil that lurks.
It picks up right after the ending of book one, so really should be read in order. Having said that, the book could still be enjoyed (if a little confusing in parts) even if you hadn't read the first.
This one didn't seem as smooth as the first. There were passages that overwhelmed me in a spirituality sense, too much focus on inner light and radiance. There were only a few points where this happened, but it was enough to pull me out of the story.
The adventure was just as exciting as the first book, with intricate twists and turns sporadically placed so as to keep the reader guessing.
I look forward to seeing the relationships between the characters grow in the next book in the series.
A couple of things I noticed:
11% - didn't she get bitten? This seems to have been dropped from the story.
75% - lap top computer (laptop)
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**
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