April 6, 2013

not quite as good as book one in the series

Darkness RisingDarkness Rising by Lis Wiehl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first book in the series was so good; it breaks my heart to say that book two just doesn't measure up.

In book two, familiar characters from book one reappear, with the addition of an American Indian who may not be all he appears to be and a creature from folklore known as a wendigo. I was captured almost immediately. The book opens with the ill-fated centarian Abbie Gardner, who gets the life crushed out of her by a demonic creature. Not a spoiler - it happens in the opening pages. Dani and Tommy are still the main protagonists of the story, but their feelings for each other turn a little further to soap opera-style with secrets and lies disrupting what could be a nice romantic relationship into one that has serious trust issues. This book also ended on a slightly steeper cliffhanger than book one that seemed a bit off ... too sharply cut off.

The best part of this series is the good vs evil storyline. God and angels are present as well as demonic forces. This book had a slightly stronger religious viewpoint than book one, but didn't sermonize either, which helped to keep me interested. I don't like to be preached to by the books I read.

Though I felt this book was a bit flawed, I will be thrilled to read book three.

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