In a fertile valley undisrupted by the aether-shattering death of the old Aian Empire, the Tower and its Guardians have entertained generations of wealthy mirror-scrying mages while adventurers from around the world risk their lives for fortune and fame. But on the one day the Tower stood unguarded, an intruder tried to seize the magic powering the vast structure. Now, locked out of the Tower’s innermost chambers, Kerric Vo Mos must brave the deadly traps keeping trespassers at bay in order to reclaim control.
Unfortunately, Kerric wields a pen far better than a sword, and the way into the Tower’s sanctum is treacherous. Only the help of an experienced player like Myal the Mendhite can get him to where he must go. But mutual respect will not be enough. Passion must also be employed, along with armor and weapons, as they embark on a perilous quest past monsters, riddles, and other dangers that even the Tower’s most dedicated viewers have never seen before.
The majority of the book involves the hero and heroine battling through rooms to regain control of The Tower. This is a completely different world and there isn’t much background provided for how the world structured. However, that works with the story as the action is almost exclusively within The Tower. This is the same world as Jean Johnson’s previous series, The Sons of Destiny. The first chapter seems to connect the two; but after that, the book was focused on the story at hand. Looking forward to The Grove (second in this series). It was a refreshing change to see the switch with having the woman being the tall, strong warrior. The hero, Kerric, isn’t exactly weak either and did his share of kicking butt with his magic. We gave this an 8 out of 10 rating.
In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…
Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.
Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago…Michael.
Rising Darkness is the first book in a new series for Thea Harrison. As we had read her Elder Races series and enjoyed it, we had to try this one. This book was definitely more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. The start of the book seemed a little choppy and slow. A few chapters in though and the story hit its stride. We enjoyed the world built for this series and are adding book 2 to our must read list. There were a lot of things left unresolved from this book, and we hope that will clear up a little with the next title. We gave the book 5.6 out of 10.