Darkness Rising (Dark Angels Series #2)

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The sexy, thrilling adventures continue in bestselling author Keri Arthur’s new Dark Angels series, starring half-werewolf/half-Aedh Risa Jones.
 
Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder—even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer—for a...
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Overview

The sexy, thrilling adventures continue in bestselling author Keri Arthur’s new Dark Angels series, starring half-werewolf/half-Aedh Risa Jones.
 
Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder—even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer—for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa’s psychic powers. Quid pro quo.

Someone—or something—is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa’s father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa’s destruction.

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Risa is a half-werewolf on a mission. To avenge her mother's murder, she makes a pact with Madeline Hunter, the venomous leader of the vampire council, who promises to help her track down the killer—but with a very steep price. Keri's sexy, action-packed Dark Angels series kicks it up another notch.

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Arthur ratchets up the intrigue while rounding out characters’ personalities in this powerful sequel to Sept. 2011’s Darkness Unbound. Risa Jones, half werewolf and half Aedh, is driven by her father, a rogue supernatural, to find the keys he forged to the gates of hell. This task threatens the powerful vampire council, which will only let Risa live if she figures out why two vampires have begun aging. As she tries to solve these puzzles, she increasingly relies on Azriel, the inscrutable reaper assigned to help her safeguard the keys. His revelations and growing human qualities add depth, humor, and frustration; she finds his messages mixed but readers assume at some point they’ll get a room. Arthur writes powerfully when describing the accoutrements of Risa’s magic, particularly her bonding with a sword, and Risa’s failed attempts to find the keys result in a stunning cliffhanger. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440245735
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Dark Angels Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 143,683
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than twenty-five books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.
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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    The second Dark Angels urban fantasy is a superb thriller

    Hybrid Helki werewolf (her late mom's side) Aedh (her dad's side) Australian Risa Jones mourns the death of her mother when her soul stealing father, whom she never met, arrives with demands. He needs her assistance to find a tome and the all powerful keys to the gates of heaven and hell. To insure she complies with his orders, the rogue Aedh informs his offspring he will steal the souls of her friends if she fails him.

    Vampire council chief Madeline Hunter also gives the besieged Risa an ultimatum. If she wants to live, she will learn why vampires are suddenly aging, losing their minds and dying. Her only ally is a reaper who has no feelings but she is attracted to him.

    The second Dark Angels urban fantasy is a superb thriller as the tsuris continues to avalanche the heroine who is not allowed time to grieve her loss. The next generation Guardian (to her Aunt Riley Jenson) struggles with what her father and the head Vampire demand of her, and with her feelings for an unfeeling essence; while also dealing with her mom's death. The sub-genre audience will appreciate this excellent entry but need to read Darkness Unbound first as this tale directly follows what happened in its predecessor.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    This series went from good to great!

    I must say I liked this novel even better than the first. It was clear Risa was less reluctant to do what needed to be done and more confident in herself. She still had some doubts in her abilities, but managed to overcome those by being willing to ask for help. She depended on Azriel even more heavily this time and he seems to be growing more attached to her. I enjoyed seeing the byplay between them. There is definitely chemistry there and the two are becoming much more aware of each other in ways that have nothing to do with their "duties". I'm hoping they give in to their needs soon as I think they could be really great together. Lucian's behavior is becoming more suspect, as I guessed might happen. Not enough for Risa to push him away, yet, but she is discovering there is more to him than she originally believed. This causes her to become frustrated because she realizes everyone, aside from her family and close friends, has an outside agenda and is using her for their own purposes. I could certainly understand her bitterness, though I also felt she was somewhat blind to certain realities. Regardless, Darkness Rising proved to be well worth the read. I enjoyed the action, character relationships, and world building that has made this series unique from others I've read. The story progressed further in most areas and came to a satisfying conclusion, even if it was expected to end on another cliffhanger. The Dark Angels series is excellent and not one to miss if you enjoy the urban fantasy and paranormal genres. I'll be ready for the next book, Darkness Devours, which is set to be released July 5th, 2012. The novel can't come fast enough, as far as I'm concerned!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    Highly recommended

    This is a paranormal book, which I love. The main character Risa is a strong woman who fight evil to keep her friends and ultimately the world safe. This series is one that kept me up at night reading. The serious page turner. I would definitely read more books by Keri Arthur.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Enjoyable reading

    I enjoy the main characters interaction with the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Love it

    This book rocks, been looking for a seires a like as much as the antia blake series and this autor takes th cake!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Very good

    But there was no ending. I wish yhe author wrote more or has the 3rd book avail

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Risa and the gang are back and ready to kick some butt. Risa is

    Risa and the gang are back and ready to kick some butt. Risa is mourning the loss of her mother and trying to find her killer. Her father is still in the picture trying to get her to search for the keys. Everyone is still looking for Risa, her father, and the keys. Madeline Hunter, the leader of the vampire council wants Risa to research a case, with deadly consequences if she refuses or fails. This is a typical Keri Arthur book, you will love it if you like her other work. There is strategy, fight scenes, strong friendships/family, and of course surprises.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Great read!

    The plot is thickening and the sexual attraction between Risa and the ripper is so ready to burst. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    I'm Hooked!!!!

    I love this series!! Couldn't put the book down. Looking for the next adventures of Risa.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Fantastic follow-up!!

    Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L Olson]:

    Keri grabbed me quick and hard with Darkness Unbound, Book #1 of the DARK ANGELS series and I boldly stated that I had found a new series to add to my top favorites. Darkness Rising did not let me down as a follow-up installment and my statement for a new favorite series still stands…

    Darkness Rising picks up where Darkness Unbound leaves off of course, with Risa’s emotions in turmoil, her ‘gifts’ in demand, and a need to see her quest to fruition, even if it means working with and for some unfavorable temporary allies and putting her trust in those closest to her to help her through.

    The relationship between Azriel and Risa that was introduced in Darkness Unbound gets so much more tangible and complex in Darkness Rising, so much so that it has not only the reader wondering what is actually going on, but Risa and Azriel themselves. Instead of hurtling two people together as so often happens in Paranormal Romances, we’ve gone through 2 books now with Azriel and Risa and their budding relationship – whatever that “relationship” may be. What nobody can deny is the magnetic attraction and gut twisting emotion behind whatever is going on with them, and as a reader I’m LOVING the mystery and suspense of it all!

    Darkness Rising was an intriguing, action packed, sexy, witty, suspenseful, emotional thrill ride set in a dark, dangerous, sensual, thrilling world, and I didn’t want it to end!

    I was physically unable to control my facial expressions and vocal outbursts while reading this book, which for me, is a sign of a fantastic read (and I didn’t even care when I was being laughed at by the people around me). :-)

    Risa goes through so much in both of these books, but she’s such a strong female lead you know that she’ll come through…some how, some way. I cried with her, I laughed with her, I wanted to slap several someones with her, I cheered her on, I wished for nothing more than for her to be able to rest… it was truly intense, and as always, beautifully written by the amazing Keri Arthur.

    LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives Darkness Rising 5 Skulls, and it is fully deserving of them.

    Like its predecessor, we HIGHLY recommend Darkness Rising for everyone! Keri Arthur fans will adore this series, but more than that, these books have EVERYTHING you want in a perfectly written Urban Fantasy. They are dark, dangerous, intriguing, and suspenseful, yet sensual, titillating and gut wrenching enough to keep Paranormal Romance addicts happy as well.

    We definitely recommend reading Darkness Unbound before Darkness Rising to get the full incredible impact of the DARK ANGELS series! And while it isn’t necessary to read the Riley Jenson, Guardian series first in order to understand and appreciate the Dark Angels series, the supporting characters and historical references (from a book/series standpoint) will mean so much more to you as a reader if you’ve experienced the lives of Risa’s family with them and understand the history of the different supernatural races.

    If you just don’t have time to read the Riley Jenson books first though, DO NOT let that stop you from reading Darkness Unbound and Darkness Rising. These are incredible books and you’ll be sorry if you wait too long to devour them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Another good one!

    Although i miss Riley this is diffently making it easier. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

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    This is a great continuation of a Fabulous series

    Keri Arthur has given us another fabulous series to start and anticipate more from. She is a great character writer and establishes them well. Risa's journey is complicated and full of surprises. If you love anything Keri Arthur, you must read this series.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Recommended

    I love this author and that she is continuing with characters from the Riley Jensen series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Great Read!

    I have loved everything that Keri Arthur has ever written,and this is no exception. So happy to find characters from the Riley Jenson books. Really have missed them. Exceptional reads all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Fantastic!

    Awesome book, great characters soo looking foward to reading the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Okay but nowhere near as good as the Riley Jensen Series

    This book was okay but just made me miss the Riley Jensen series more. It was so much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    I miss Riley

    I good 2nd book.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Excellent

    Book one and 2 of Dark Angeles Series have been wonderful. I can't wait for the 3rd book to find out more about the keys, their affect on the world and whose behind trying to get them besides the Razan's, Risa's father. Wondering if her and Azeriel will finally connect on a more intimate level especially the longer he stays on our plane! When can we expect book 3?

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    Posted January 23, 2012

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