Review: Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur

Darkness Devours (Dark Angels #3) by Keri Arthur
Paperback, 375 pages 
Published: June 26th, 2012 by Signet Select
Source: Publisher
 Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts—and the investigative know-how of a man who broke her heart—to find a cabal searching for the power to control time, reality, and fate. And this is besides her work for the Vampire Council, half of whom want her dead.

But for now the Council needs her alive. Someone is killing blood-whore addicted vampires, and Risa must find the guilty party. If she succeeds, she may finally convince the council to lift the execution order on her life. But before she succeeds, she must first survive…

This was my first Keri Arthur book and since I got it for review I decided I would give it a try rather than trying to read the first two first (too many books to read!). It’s hard to know if a series is going to be your thing and quite often the first in a series is a bit overwhelming with all the world building. So this was different for me since it wasn’t the first. But surprisingly I never felt confused. I know that I didn’t fully understand everything, but we got enough back-story and description that it went quite smoothly for me.

I really enjoyed the characters and Risa has a strong and memorable personality that I really enjoyed. She has snark and sass and speaks her mind. And she’s totally kick ass. I loved all the side characters as well and was happy with how things went. I’m anxious to get to know her friends more because they weren’t very present in this one, but I can see that they are very important in the whole of the series and in Risa’s life.

The romance was good, but I think I would have felt it a bit more if I had read the previous books. I didn’t have the build up of tension that I think was present, but I just didn’t have enough time to see it. To feel it. But I really liked the love interest. At least the one of them. ;) Yes, there are a few different love interests, but there’s one in particular that I really liked.

Overall this was a fabulous series! I really fell in love with the crazy world and I now know that I need to go back to the beginning and start with the Riley Jensen books (which I own) and read through those before starting Risa’s story and continuing on.

This is definitely an adult book as there is sex, bad language and violence.

Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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Comments

  1. I haven’t read any Keri Arthur books either, but I’m loving the sound of this series! Maybe I’ll have to go and start it from the beginning:) I love that despite not having read the previous books, you weren’t confused and were able to get into the story. Win.

  2. I love when you can jump into the middle of a series and still have a good reading experience. Personally, I liked that there were hints of romance but it wasn’t the focus of the book and Riley is a great character!

  3. It’s been years since I’ve read any Keri Arthur. I think I only got up to book 5 in the Riley series because it was just getting too weird for me. I know Risa is a character from that first series, but she was a baby back then. But my problem with the Riley series, and by the sound of it Risa is on the same path, was the multiple sex partners and love interest. For me, it was a bit excessive.

    I don’t think I could pick up this book without having read the previous books. It bugs me just knowing I didn’t read the books in order. But I’m glad to know didn’t feel lost.

  4. Ohh sex and bad language! Sign me up! I am glad you were able to find your way after you broke the reading out of order rule. Sounds like a fun kick butt series and the heroines name is the same as my daughter’s!

  5. Awesome review! That’s great you could still follow along in the middle of the series. I know I often have to do that when reviewing books for romantic times, so it’s really handy! Sounds like a fun ride!

    -Lauren

  6. Great review! I still have this in my TBR pile as well! Keri is definitely a fave author of mine!

    Not sure if you will ever find the time, but one of her older series, the Nikki and Michael series was really good! Was 4 books long and I believe are being reprinted now! But I enjoyed those too! A bit different than the Riley and Risa books, but good!

  7. I recently read the first book in her Riley Jensen series and really enjoyed it. I know some people have knocked her work before for including far too much sex but I really did like the first Riley Jensen book so luckily for me the used bookstore had the rest of the series for pretty cheap so I can continue with my new obsession!

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this one even though you didn’t read the first two books in this series. I do hope you go back and give her other books a chance. Seriously I’ve only read one book by her but she is already on my author to watch/buy list :)

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