Monday, May 20, 2019

Dark Alpha's Awakening by Donna Grant ~ Review

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

Serving Death and the Reapers has been my life for centuries. I’ve always put my duty before everything, even my yearning for Death. But now, she’s fading – our foe is bent on destroying her and he will stop at nothing until he does. Death holds the key to our survival. I will do everything in my power to stop her from disappearing. For her, I will ensure we have the best fighting chance. For her…I will cross the divide keeping us apart.

I have been looking forward to Cael and Erith's story.  How does Death have someone of equal status to be with?  A Reaper?  It's an interesting thought.

Cael has loved Erith forever.  We never saw it happen, it just was from the first book in this series.  Erith has kept herself apart throughout and it's unclear how she feels.  We started to see her feelings as she is weakens with Bran draining her magic.  As a result, there is very little romance in this book.  It's just two people who have always loved each other finally getting a chance.

I feel like this book had a pacing issue.  Perhaps the author was attempting to make this book be able to be read stand alone or perhaps she just wanted to give Erith's back story but the beginning dragged.

I adore Cael and I was glad he got his story.  It was hard to watch him go through what had to happen but he was strong enough to withstand it.  It was also a way to bring him to Death's level.  No more on that.  But I do like the characters in this book, this series.  They are strong, full characters that I enjoy seeing time and time again.

It's interesting that Balladyn comes up so much in this series.  He is king of the Darks and we see him mostly in the Dark Kings series.  I often wonder if he will get his story or if he is the convenient bad guy forever.  He deserves his story and I think he'll get it.  It is his appearance here that makes me believe that.

Not my favorite of the series but a good read.  It does bring an arc of the series to an end but the world is well made.  It can hold more stories and I was glad to see more are planned.

Wouldn't read it stand alone, but it ties up this set of seven books well. 

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