by Skye Knizley


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Life isn't easy for Detective Raven Storm. Her best friend was recently killed and dismembered, her latest case ended with her partner in intensive care, and her mother, the vampiric Mistress of the City is playing matchmaker... again. The last thing she wants is another bizarre murder case with a partner she doesn't know. But that is exactly what she gets when she is handed the enigmatic case of Nathan King, who was found in his car with a gaping hole where his stomach should be.

Soon Raven is unraveling a mystery that leads her deep into the city's preternatural underworld, and into the arms of a sexy vampire she barely knows, but whose heart she seeks in the darkness...

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ISBN-13: 9781493679621
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2013
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Stormrise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Nocturnal_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
This series must be read in order. This is the first book in The Storm Chronicles series. Detective Raven Storm lives a complicated life. By day she works Homicide for the Chicago PD and by night she must divide her time between her job as a Detective and her duty as Fürstin, the Second in command to The Mistress of the City, a Vampire and also her mother. When it comes to cases, Raven always gets the weird ones.... The things that go bump in the night.... not that her bosses at the CPD know anything about the supernatural world that exists right under their noses. When the police find a body with an exploded abdomen and no clue how it happened Raven is called in to investigate. This is an awesome start to Skye Knizley's first series. This book is filled with tons of action, mystery and thrills, doused with blood and gore and has hints of romance and betrayal. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read more from this series. This book is suitable for adult readers only. Not suitable for the close minded, biggoted or homophobic.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Storm Rise by Skye Knizley Does anyone remember Darren McGavin as “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”? Carl Kolchak, a grizzled investigative reporter (as are so many portrayed in fiction), used to find himself wrapped up in cases that always managed to center around a paranormal antagonist. The series only lasted one season in the mid-70s – which is a shame, because I found it highly entertaining and, at least in its best episodes, was an almost perfect blend of mystery and horror. I've not seen anything like it – certainly not anything that I'd consider “good” - since then. Until now. “Storm Rise”, the first book in Skye Knizley's Storm Chronicles series, is a fantastic blend of murder mystery and paranormal. Raven Storm is a Detective for the Chicago police (what IS it about Chicago that provides the setting for this kind of story?), usually coincidentally (we assume) thrown into the most bizarre cases by her superiors. She follows her late father into this career. Raven also remains a part of her mother's world; there, she is known as Furstin Ravenel Tempeste, daughter of the leader of Chicago's vampires and a powerful Dhampyr (half-human, half-vampire) having the powers of the vampire without the inherent weaknesses. In this novel, Raven and new partner Levac, deal with a suspicious death – a victim with a wound that apparently emerged from his interior rather than the traditional exterior entry. A second victim, well-acquainted with the first, is also located with a similar wound. And a voudou gris-gris bag is also found with each body. (No spoilers, except to state that author Knizley has found one of the most unique and grisly murder weapons I've ever encountered in years of reading murder mysteries.) While this investigation is going on, Raven also deals with an attractive suiter who is newly arrived to her mother's court – and has to deal with a challenger to her mother's position. As one might be able to tell by reading between the lines, I absolutely loved this novel and am looking forward to the next installment. (Which is already available – this book was released 2 years ago.) RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I loved it! It is a double story, one being a sort of twisted murder thing and the other being Ravenel's trials with her family and an older vampire named Francois, who I picture as a vampire Antonio Banderas. I loved the character of Raven. She reminds me of what Anita Blake was when she first started, a hard-boiled detective who could compete with the men on their level, no simpering or whimpering in a corner (well, there is some whimpering but it is romantic.) The character Levac is also really interesting, He starts as a kind of screw-up but by the end you see the kind of man and detective he really is and how much he cares for his partner. I think that was my favorite, the way these two characters come together over the course of the story. I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent beginning to what I hope will be a long-running series. The book starts out with a prologue so you get to know a little about the character and are not starting out cold turkey. You are then introduced to the main storyline, that of the murder of Nathan King. I really enjoyed the mystery; it wasn't easy to figure out and required you to pay attention to clues. You don't immediately know who the killer really is, which makes the story fun. In parallel to this is the story of Raven's vampire life and her love life (or lack of one) and my new book boyfriend Francois. You really get to see through Raven's eyes how hard it is to be the vampire world's protector and also try to be a regular cop. The story keeps you guessing, there is plenty of action and romance, and unlike a lot in the genre, the female lead isn't a whiny, angsty twit. Can't wait for more Raven, my vote for best new character of 2013!