Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Piercing the Darkness

Author: Angela Dennis
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-626-5
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 04-07-2015

Hilda Janssen died fighting a dark mage fifty years ago and since then has existed as a ghost. Now she works with a team of hunters dealing with paranormal creatures roaming the post-war Earth. It’s during a demon attack that Hilda tries to save her friends and makes the ultimate sacrifice and ends up in the Void, which is impossible to escape from.

Unbeknownst to Hilda, her friends have a plan to get her out. When she died, Hilda left behind a fiancé, Cade  Kerrigan who with their bond is powerful enough to pull her out—the problem—he thinks she’s dead, not a ghost. He’s not happy. Can old hurts be put aside long enough to rescue the woman he still loves; otherwise Hilda will spend eternity in a hell-like place.

Piercing the Darkness is release 2.5 in the paranormal series, Shadow Born, by Angela Dennis. It’s a short novella that picks up shortly after Fading Light ends, so I recommend the books be read in order to avoid confusion.

What a fast paced and entertaining book. The author jump-starts the action almost immediately and keeps the plot racing forward until nearly the last page. With such a short length, there’s not much back story except for some needed personal data about Hilda and Cade’s past relationship. That helps to make sense of their emotions—which includes anger, pain and betrayal. But watching them work through their issues and get back together—nicely done.

For me the best written part of the story is the time Hilda spent in the Void. Wow! Ms. Dennis outdid herself. The vivid descriptions of how horrible that place is and the creatures that inhabited it are top-notch. I look forward to the next release and hope you will give this well thought-out series a try. 

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