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Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass #1)

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  537 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 24, 2012 Ellie rated it it was ok
Heart of Darkness, Deadglass #1, by Kira Brady
Grade: D+

“She wasn’t fool enough to think she could keep him. She didn’t want to. Bad boys didn’t come home for dinner every night at six o’clock sharp. Bad boys sometimes didn’t come home at all. She’d had enough of people she loved not coming back.”

Let me start by saying that I was so excited to review Heart of Darkness, especially after hearing all the buzz about it and it being compared to the Fever series which I love. I don’t know exactly what
Feb 08, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
One of the best paranormals I've read in a really long time. The Deadglass mythology is such a fascinating blend of Norse, Native American, and Babylonian--yeah, you read that right--that puts an interesting twist on dragons and shifters. Just ask Kira about her inspiration; it's almost as good as the book. The atmosphere that Kira creates is so strong and reminded me at times of both Victorian London (all the spirits make the electricity spotty) and Gotham City. There are ghost musicians in a j ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Oct 30, 2013 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. Dragon shifters are usually a big win for me. The same goes for scruffy heroes with low self-esteem who learn their self-worth through the love of a good woman. Unfortunately, this one didn't knock it out of the park the way I hoped it would. It wasn't bad; I just had a lot of trouble connecting to it.

The story begins with our heroine, Kayla, traveling to Seattle to identify her dead sister's body. When she arrives, she learns quickly that there is an entire wo
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Hearts of Darkness has to be the most unique book that I have read this year. It is definitely the furthest outside of my typical reading box/comfort zone. This story had so many different elements that I loved, the blend of mythologies and legends, the characters that I never knew which side they were fighting for, and then there is the setting. Kira has created a very dark Seattle that I never would want to visit. The crime is high, the political system is corrupt and beyond broken, anyone can ...more
Ann has a dirty mouth
Aug 13, 2012 Ann has a dirty mouth rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book tremendously! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! I was reading it outside in the rain because I was so excited!

I thought that the world was very well built and original. It wasn't quite steam punk or post apocalyptic or magical, but a perfect blend of all of them. More importantly, Hart and Kayla were such warm characters and so perfect for each other. I was so excited about their HEA. I also loved that they were such real and human characters, with financial and emotiona
Melissa Cutler
Sep 27, 2012 Melissa Cutler rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that I lost a lot of sleep over. I stayed up too late reading it and woke up early thinking about it. I consumed it over one weekend, What first drew me in was the heroine, who is smart and makes realistic choices, two things that are "musts" for romance heroines.

The hero, Hart, is amazing. Total wolfy stud. He's an antihero from the get-go and it was such a pleasure being in his head to watch the process of him beginning to care about the heroine and fall in love wit
Aug 26, 2013 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The best thing about this book is the cover. Really. I mean, if I had a shelf entitled "could kick my own ass for continuing the series", this would be on it.

I really didn't like the prequel but I was giving it the benefit of the doubt, hoping the first book would be better. Shifters, Pacific Northwest, contemporary. Usually that's my kind of thing, but not with this. The plot is a hot mess from start to finish.

Kayla is just a dumbass. She arrives in Portland to claim the body of her sister wh
Jul 19, 2012 Kt rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Kayla's life gets turned upside down when her sister is murdered and she finds out that the things that go bump in the night are real. Seattle has been taken over by a plethora of supernaturals, and in her search for answers she finds herself caught in the middle of a centuries old war. But most of all, she has caught the attention of Hart, a werewolf mercenary who will stop at nothing to make his mark. But that may change as a fragile spark
Kayla Eklund
Sep 10, 2012 Kayla Eklund rated it really liked it
Hearts of Darkness started off really slow for me. In fact, it was almost a DNF because the first chapter was so excruciatingly slow. However, I am glad I stuck it out and finished the book. It had me on the edge of my seat wondering about what was going to happen next. Almost all of the plot twists were a complete shock to me. I predicted none of them before they happened. The book had a couple of sex scenes but nothing overly smutty. It didn't make me uncomfortable. I liked that the final batt ...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Feathers
This review also post at link: Under the Covers Book Blog

Hearts of Darkness is an outstanding debut novel for the Deadglass series. With a very intricate world and character building, Ms. Brady did a superb job of creating a world of mix mythology, shape shifters, ghost, and dragons.

I do have to say how impressed I am with this book. I was skeptical of the world building as I had a bit of trouble understanding it in the prequel, Hearts of Fire (Deadglass, #0.5). Though it was slow i
Apr 22, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
The overall concept of this book was very intriguing. However, the execution was a bit off. This was an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of novel. Shapeshifters, dragons, Native American AND Norse AND Babylonian mythology, post-apocalyptic city, paranormal romance, steampunk, urban fantasy, ghosts, missing heir, immortals, lone wolf with checkered past is redeemed by love, frightened virgin learns she has awesome powers and fights to save world. . . . And the romance? Please. Too bodice-ripp ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Pete rated it really liked it
Hearts of Darkness is book 1 in The Deadglass series by Kira Brady. This is a story in Seattle, a town that I love and try to visit frequently, but nothing like the Seattle in this unique story. At the core of the story is a necklace. All kinds of Native American, Babylonian, dragons and shifters.

World, almost post-apocalyptic Seattle, and character building was done exceptionally well to complement a very convoluted story line. What fascinated me is the inability to predict the next set of ac
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Do you ever read a book and think “I should DNF this, why don’t I DNF this?” because that was this book for me. The whole time, I kept thinking that, and yet I kept listening. I don’t have a good explanation as to why I actually finished it, but I did.

Everything just felt super cliched and predictable. There were no surprises, no twists, no depths. This was a simple story that follows a very predictable plotline and features a weak female and stereotypical bad boy. Cue eye rolling that almost hu
3 stars = I liked it with some reservations.
Overall I liked Hearts of Darkness, but since I am exceedingly character-centric in my reading, that was more in spite of the characters than due to them since most of the supporting characters in Hearts of Darkness are 'gray hats' at best - though it looks like a few good women, some living and some dead, are able to at least touch the heart of these bad (and badder- well actually pretty evil) guys, if not exactly redeem them. And the romance between
Heart is a man on a mission for his freedom. A blood bond has held him in a life of servitude for the past 15 years now he has to do two more jobs and then he is free. The first thing he needs to do is get a necklace, no problem. Kayla’s sister ahs been murdered and now she has left her home in Philadelphia to go to Seattle to find out what has happened to her sister. In a chance meeting at the morgue no less Kayla and Heart come face to face. Kayla needs someone to help her solve her sister’s m ...more
Ashley Chen
Aug 06, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, must-review
Hart was your typical good looking dude with an attitude and a sense of humor. He was damaged. He was the guy who did bad things and basically needed a female (Kayla) to see pass that evil. He was the type of character that was strong and will protect the girl (Kayla) no matter what.

Kayla was your strong-but-actually-weak female lead. She reminded me of Olivia Dunham at first with her need to find things out, and needed to protect people. But as I read on, she became someone like Orihime, who wa
Jul 18, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Kayla Friday has flown to Seattle, to ID the body of her sister. Being a nurse she knows most certainly that her sister didn't die of a drug overdose and is bound to find out what happened. Werewolf, Hart is on a mission to find the rest of his soul and what he needs he believes is in the the hands of Kayla.

Great read! The beginning was a bit slow for me, but it eventually picked up. I loved all the different mythologies this book included. Kayla & Hart's journey wasn't an easy one, but I lo
Rosario (
Nurse Kayla Friday is in Seattle to identify her sister's body. This is not Seattle as we know it. The Gate to the other side is broken, and dark spirits are moving in the wrong direction. As a result, electricity is failing, and the city is disintegrating. Kayla, like most humans, has no idea what's going on. Within minutes of arriving at the morgue, however, Kayla finds herself in the middle of a war between two mythologies she never knew existed.

I read about half of this, mostly because I lik
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Favorite Quote: “My enemy’s enemy, is my friend.“

Kayla Friday never expected to become embroiled in a supernatural war when she arrives in Seattle to identify her sister’s body. A nurse, she is unable to accept the coroner’s cause of death and is determined to search the city until she finds out exactly what happened to her sister. This brings her to the attention of Hart.

Hart. A dangerous unbalanced wolf shifter and mercenary, he will
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Aug 10, 2012 Van (Short & Sweet Reviews) rated it really liked it
I knew I wanted to read this book right when I read the summary, I’m a sucker for any book with werewolves or shifters…and this book had both!! Before starting this book, I read several reviews that compared this series to Karen M. Moning’s Fever series. I love the Fever series as much as the next reader, but after reading this book the similarities to the Fever series are the main heroine trying to find out who killed her sister and her sister’s link to a supernatural world. Other than those tw ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Nita rated it it was amazing
Oh geez, I really really enjoyed this book. I loved the mythology and the very non-black and white characters. This is a paranormal romance with a definite urban fantasy feel. It takes place in a dark Seattle where the feud between the Kivati and the Drekar, both powerful races of shapeshifters, ever rages. Kayla has come to Seattle to find out what happened to her sister. She doesn't believe the story that her sister died of a drug overdose. On her mission to find out the truth, she is approach ...more
Nov 07, 2013 ~Leslie~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-ebook
3.5 stars This is a new series and a new author for me and it has a lot of potential. Didn't quite live up to it's potential, but not a bad start. I'm not sure if it quite knows whether it's Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance, however. There is a romance in the story but it's not always in the forefront of the story. The worldbuilding seems to be a mishmash of Norse mythology, shifters, magic and not sure what else. The biggest issue I had is there seemed to be a lack of tension in the story e ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Lynetta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Threes a crowd

That paranormal activities exist in the environment and in communities challenge the imagination. Multiply that existence by three or more and it's a bit much. in this book one of the Deadglass Triology, there is too much going on between the warring factions, their members and the various species of shape shifters to keep up with. At the beginning so much is introduced at one time that it becomes mass confusion. After rereading the first few pages several times, you move on in hop
Susan (susayq ~)
Apr 24, 2014 Susan (susayq ~) rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, 2014books
Wow. I really liked this one. It was fast paced and had lots of action in it.

Imagine an apocalyptic world that has reverted back to gas and steam for energy, only you don't realize the electricity doesn't work because of ghosts and there is a war going on between dragon shifters and a collection of other animal shifters who go by the name Kivati. If you can imagine that, then you've got the premise for this book. But underneath all that, you will find Hart, a wolf shifter who is so tortured and
Anna Richland
Jan 30, 2014 Anna Richland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is the start of a really intense series set in a post-almost-apocalypse Seattle (and then maybe the world gets worse, maybe it gets saved, but I'm not going to reveal it).

Other reviews tell enough about the plot - I want to share my feelings and reactions, so you can decide if Hearts of Darkness and the Deadglass series is for you.

It's a mix of Norse and Northwest Native mythology, steam punk elements - but I wouldn't call it steampunk, b/c it has much more of a dark urban fantasy vibe. E
Lover of Romance
Kayla Friday, a nurse, has always believed in logic and reason and science. She doesn't believe in the paranormal, or myths or what she can't prove is real. Kayla's sister has been killed and she has come Seattle, to find her sisters killer. While examining her body, discovering her sister was pregnant when she died, she comes face to face with Hart, a sexy werewolf mercenary. Hart is demanding the location of the "key" which was in her sisters possession. Kayla has no idea that this search for ...more
Kelli Hamill
Mar 15, 2014 Kelli Hamill rated it it was ok
Sadly, this book did nothing for me. I completely missed the attachment to the characters that made me care about them. I kept reading hoping it would get better as I had read other reviews that said it would. Unfortunately, I didn't even get interested until the last few chapters and even then I found myself hurrying to just get finished.
I loved the concept, but really had a hard time staying focused on the story. Hart wasn't bad ass enough, Kayla was too weak and the bad guys were glorified a
Paranormal Romance
Always the responsible sister, the level headed sister, the one who never took risks and never got in trouble. That's who the heroine is. Then, everything in her safe little world changed. Her sister is dead, taking with her the last family the heroine has. Grieving her loss, the heroine has flown all the way to Seattle to ID the body. There, mourning over the corpse of her once vibrant sister, she meets the hero. Cast out from his people when it become apparent he was moon cursed, a werewolf, a ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
read this review on Got Fiction? book blog

I loved the prequel to this book, in fact I loved it so much that I bought this before I'd even finished! (
read review here) But I think that this full-length novel suffers from FITS (First in the Series). It's got a great plot, fabulous world-building, and a bad guy who relishes being his villainous self...

But the romance lacked.

The Seattle that Kayla Friday goes to is not the Seattle we know. There was a huge battle between the Kivati (shifters who are
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Author of the Deadglass Trilogy (Kensington Zebra). Hearts of Darkness was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of Summer 2012!

A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real
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