Nov 2, 2013

Early Review--Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur

When Risa loses the second key to hell, she angers several powerful people, and she’s starting to feel the pressure from all sides. She gets a visit from her father, who gives her an ultimatum: Get back the key or he will kill her friends.

Risa also finds herself under the scrutiny of the vampire council, some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed. But they offer her a bloody bargain: Take on the lethal head of the council, Madeline Hunter, and others will support her.

As the search for the keys to hell heats up, Risa realizes that she has no choice. For the sake of the people she loves, she must find the keys — and get rid of Hunter — before the second gate is opened and brings the world closer to all hell breaking loose...

I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Keri Arthur's Darkness Splintered was an amazing read takes Risa on another hellish journey try to find the three keys that open heaven and hell and prevent the matter from happening. She hasn't had much luck in the matter lately, and things continue to go to crap. 

Last go around, Risa had been brought back to life by Azriel but the downside now is that her soul can never be reborn, she'll never see her mother again in the after life and with her next death she will become one of the guards to the gates of heaven and hell. She is essentially a dark angel. She had banished Azriel away despite carrying his child and it's not til things get too out of control that she calls him back.

Everyone is on Risa's case about her finding the keys and delivering them to them. The keys are a hot commodity and everyone wants them. Everyone who wants them are also threatening Risa, the people she cares about most and basically her whole world. But she has her unborn child to think of and protect.

Like many of Keri Arthur's books, there is a great deal of action in this one. Risa is actually on a timeline, she has 40 hours to find they keys or else her father will kill one of her friends. Madeline Hunter is also getting on her case and demanding the keys or else she will start killing all her friends and loved ones. And she does in fact do such a thing, which takes me completely by surprise! 

This has been one of the most intense series I've read in a long time! Sure other series have their intense moments, but it seems like this series in particular has been rich with intensity! There's always something important on the line, that if Risa doesn't accomplish a particular task, there will be penalties to pay.

Romance wise there was a little bit, but not a whole lot going around. Which is nice in Urban Fantasy! Risa and Azriel do reconcile and their relationship does get pretty intense at moments. Of course, they're already having a baby together, so how much more intense can things get? Pretty intense, I'd say! I love that the romance can still be so fresh with them. And not just with the "lovin" scenes, but with the more deeper, emotional moments too.

There is only one more novel left in this series and I will be most curious to see how it all ends! Naturally, there's still the matter of the third key that has yet to be found, there's Tao's demon issues, Madeline Hunter, and still oh-so many more problems that have yet to be dealt with. We do get a little bit more of Riley and gang in this one, not much, but Rhoan does make more of a page appearance than the rest.

Darkness Splintered was an incredibly intense and delightful read! I love Keri Arthur's work and will be looking forward to this series finale along with anything else Keri writes!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Darkness Splintered releases November 5, 2013

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