Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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"Rising superstar Harrison ventures into darker territory with her chilling first book in the Game of Shadows series. . . . No matter the genre, Harrison should be an auto-buy!" —-RT Book Reviews
Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Harrison (Lord's Fall) skews almost every mythic narrative to construct this ambitious beginning of her Game of Shadows paranormal romance series. Divorced ER physician Mary Katherine Byrne has always had dreams of mated pairs of color-shifting creatures who drink a sacred poison and conflict with an escaped criminal being, the Deceiver. When sinister kidnappers threaten her, she's saved by Michael, one of the alien beings of fire and light. Michael has taken human form to battle the Deceiver, who has already destroyed four of the original visitors from space. Only four aliens are left, and Michael's been seeking his lost soul mate—Mary, of course—for centuries. Besides treading close to sacrilege in the mating of figures suggesting Michael the Archangel and the Virgin Mary, Harrison posits a Deceiver who targets Mary for himself, slaughters humans to pilot their bodies, and plots to take over the White House. The result is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink melange of twisted history and myth, bosom-heaving chases, athletic bedroom scenes, and an inevitable promise of much more of the same to come. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452642413
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Series: Game of Shadows Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Thea Harrison is the pen name of Elder Races series author Teddy Harrison. She wrote her first book at age nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    “Gone is the banter and humor of the snarky heroines and the over powering alpha heroes of the Elder Races…Thea Harrison will sure to surprise her fans with this new genre she’s ventured in to.” ~Under The Covers

    Gone is the banter and humor of the snarky heroines and the over powering alpha heroes of the Elder Races. Oh no, this series is different from that genre. Rising Darkness is a dark urban fantasy laced with magic and a hint of romance. Ms. Harrison had also brought in reincarnation, ghosts, spirits and added myths of fallen angels in to the story. Thea Harrison will sure to surprise her fans with this new genre she’s ventured in to.

    Mary and Michael along with their comrades had come to this world over six thousand years ago. A total of seven, now only three, had given up their alternate world to pursue the Deceiver, who had plans to destroy the world. For centuries, they lived human lives and then reincarnated over and over attempting to pursue their goal.

    The start of the story was bittersweet. Mary and Michael giving up their lives for the better good is quite a sacrifice. I was a bit sad for them, but I knew the plan was for them to get together again in the next world. I was certainly curious on how Ms. Harrison will work things out. Getting back together is extremely complicated. It took several years before they find each other, and when they do, recognition of whom they are can be an issue. Mary did not remember whom she was at first, and Michael was left with no choice but to stand back and wait. My heart broke for Michael when Mary didn’t recognize him. Imagine him having to go through that for many years…heart breaking.

    The world building was elaborate and done well. Not one time that I felt overwhelmed. I have to admit that this is not a light read, but I enjoyed just the same. There were some gruesome scenes that would make you cringe, but it truly shows how evil and corrupted the Deceiver is. He undoubtedly has and will bring havoc to this world. Mary and Michael will surely have a long road ahead of them.

    Like I said, Rising Darkness is a dark urban fantasy novel. If you are looking for a PNR with a happy-ever-after, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a dark urban fantasy read with a hint of romance and a dash of thriller, I recommend giving Rising Darkness a try

    *Review provided by publisher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Soooo unhappy

    I have read just about all the other books by this author and i loved every one of them. I have even reread a few. But this book.... it took a week for me to read the first 40 pages. It took way to long for them to meet and when they did it wasnt anything great. Im am so tired of reading their thoughts. Not enough interaction or conversation. Just a lot of thinking. I hate this book. I kept putting it down and reading another book.. I forced myself to read it to the end but gave up after three weeks and 167 pages. This book is short and only have close to 300 pages but I honestly can care less how this book ends. It was that bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I loved loved this book. Thea's writing draws you into the story, gets you engaged with the characters to the point you don't want the story to end. It leaves you waiting impatiently for the next book, then you realize you have to wait until February 2014. Oh well it gives you a reason to reread this book when February rolls around, if not sooner. It is a keeper.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Unbiased review

    I am a Thea Harrison / Elder races fan. I also read many genres an have love for any good story well told. I have to say im dissapointed in every self proclaimed fan who gave this new series a bad review based soley on a comparison to her Elder Races novels. The purpose for a new series is to write something different an fresh. It allows Thea to have a broader range of fans an keeps her from being stuck in a comfort zone of writing the same thing over an over. Not every author is willing to try something different an i admire her willingness to do so. With that said, not every fan of elder races will like this new series. If you like her world building an writing style give it a chance you may find you love it. This is not the alpha male takes what he wants kinda romance theres no "Dragos" here. If you have never read Theas work i reccomend you to try this book shes an incredibly gifted author. If your more fan of kresley cole or larissa ione you may want to try her elder races series. This was a good story but not for me. It doesnt mean you wont like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Excellent Urban Fantasy

    Harrison's new Rising Darkness is a departure from her previous Elder Races series. Though romabce is very importnt to the story, this is a much more straightforward urban fantasy.

    Mary and Michael are both very believable and sympathetic characters; they have great chemistry. Astra, their elder and mentor/leader is fascinating, and the villain is particularly nasty and intelligent. The worldbuilding is terrific; I love how Harrison works Mary and Michael's previous lives into world mythology and history.

    Highly recommended, especially to people who usually avoid romance novels. -- lyradora

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Another great read by a gripping author

    Completely different from her Wyr series, another dimension is created by this fabulous author. It's a dark read that takes you on a journey of twists and turns and leaves you waiting for what will happen next. Join these characters in a whirlwind of danger as they fight against the jaws of death to save each other.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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