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Darkness Hunts (Dark Angels #4)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,941 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
"New York Times" bestselling author Keri Arthur returns to the enthralling Guardian World--and a twilight realm of danger and desire...
Risa Jones, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, can enter the realm between life and death. She can speak to the dying and the dead, and she can see the reapers, collectors of souls. What she can not yet see is the identity of a stranger murdering wo
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Published November 6th 2012 by Penguin Group (first published November 1st 2012)
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⊱ Irena ⊰

An astral killer has set his eyes on Risa and he is taunting the Directorate at the same time.
Darkness Hunts starts with Risa trying to talk to a lost one (a ghost of a man who wasn't to supposed to die, so there was no reaper to lead him away). She interrupts a killer on the astral plane and, unfortunately for her, the encounter intrigues him. As she explains to Ilianna he is 'someone who brings a very fresh approach to the business of being insane.'
How the killer knows everything about her
Nov 19, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: yummy-reapers
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Nov 24, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Risa investigates a series of vampire murders.

-Risa has gotten progressively worse with each installment. There wasn't one moment in the book where she didn't annoy me. Her sheer stupidity pissed me off time and time again. The dumb cow refused to see what was right in front of her even when she was told exactly what was going on. It was obvious her lover, Lucian, was playing her, Azriel warned her numerous times but did the thick bitch believe him or even entertain the thought that he m
Nov 14, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've become really hooked on this series over the last few weeks so it'll be no surprise if I tell you that I absolutely devoured Darkness Hunts. Poor Risa seems to go from one fight for her life straight into the next one without a moment to even breathe let alone sleep or eat. Now she has managed to capture the attention of a murderer, one who is attacking his victims on the astral plane, somewhere that even Azriel can't help her so this time she really is on her own.

I absolutely love seeing h
Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus
March 26th 2012

I just have to keep thinking only 4 more months and I shall have my hands on this!

October 2nd 2012

Only 35 more sleeps and I get my hands on this!! I am not exaggerating that I think of this series at least 3 times during the week.

I tend to daydream about Azriel ALLLLLLLL the time!


But apparently the ending to this book leaves you needing more!

November 8th 2012

About to start.....

I'm nervous......

And excited.....


But scared shitless because the ending leaves you wanting more (mo
Pam Godwin
Nov 27, 2012 Pam Godwin rated it really liked it
In this fourth book in the Dark Angels series, Risa seems to be losing a bit of her perceptiveness. She's still tough, to a fault, but too often she opts for stubbornness over common sense. I've patiently waited through four books for progress to be made with the keys and with Risa's relationship with Azriel. While this book does not move these developments forward, there's plenty of gory action and steamy chemistry. This is my thirteenth KA book and the first I've rated below 5 stars, but the s ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I pretty much read this in one sitting. It's 2:12am so ill digest and review in the morning.
But so good. So good.

Ok I loved this book it was good and exciting but there were some things we didn't do. We didn't look for the keys and we didn't have to deal with Hunter, which was nice because I can't stand that bitch.

What do we do? We chase an astral plane traveler who is able to kill people, specifically vampires. Risa has a few break downs, which is to be expected shits finally catching up to her
Kathy Davie
Jan 29, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Fourth in the Dark Angels urban fantasy series featuring Risa Jones. This series carries on from Riley Jenson, Guardian, which was a much better series, in my opinion.

My Take
Oh, brother. Risa is getting so stupid. And I hate stupid characters when they're supposed to be the good guys. She gets mad because Azriel pulls back. To protect himself from harm. How can you claim to love someone and want to do things that will hurt them?

Then, she almost purposely avoids eating or sleeping---I suspect it'
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
If you follow my reviews, you know that I'm a huge fan of Keri Arthur's. You also know that I LOVE the DARK ANGELS series. So, when I received an advance reading copy of Darkness Hunts from the Publisher in return for an honest review I was thrilled. I have absolutely devoured every installment of the series thus far with nothing but rave reviews and couldn't wait to see what happened next.

This book was a little different than the
Josephine McNabb
Feb 27, 2015 Josephine McNabb rated it liked it
This book was read in two sittings in the one day.

We got to see some of Rhoan in this book and it made me happy. Quinn made an appearance too and I would like to see him more as I assumed what you know who did to Risa has to cause some problems or at least changes. Quinn should be there to support her since (as she repeatedly mentions anytime he comes up, he taught her everything she knows).

Risa has again gotten herself wrapped up in another Directorate job. In this book she bounces from her o
4.25 stars

I'm so ready for Lucian to die! And I'm even more ready for Reaper Sex! Bring on Darkness Unmasked!
Shera (Book Whispers)
Amaya is totally freaking awesome! What a cool demon sword! Yes, I have enough experience with demon swords to know when an amazing one is introduced. The connection Risa and Amaya have is awesome. And as the two get more acquainted I love it!! If the other “romances” were dropped and the story was about Amaya and Risa it would be perfect.

Sadly it's not. The truth about Lucian is out. It's just what I thought he was doing and I am so annoyed how unworried Risa seems. She's not worried that Luci
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

In the fourth book of the Dark Angels series, Arthur takes a slightly different approach to the storyline. Yes, the keys are needed to make everything right in the world. However, there is a more pressing matter that Risa and Azriel have to attend to. On the astral plane, there is a killer who likes to play games. He claims that it is his duty to rid the world of its evil, so one by one, he is killing off women. To make things even more drastic is the fact that this kil
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 02, 2012 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I thoroughly enjoyed the fourth installment in Keri Arthur's Dark Angels series. The fact that Risa's in a race against time for most of this book definitely amps up the intensity level. Plus, her love life undergoes quite the upheaval; Lucian's real motives are finally revealed (I never liked him) and Azriel throws caution into the wind (about time!). As a stand alone story this novel delivers on all fronts but as part of this series' bigger picture it falls short. Again
Nov 08, 2012 Kt rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

For the most part, Risa Jones' mixed werewolf and Aedh heritage gives her a large advantage over most of her opponents. However, even her ability to see the dead and turn into a being of pure energy can't seem to help her stop a malicious killer that is preying on women. Even worse, he knows who she is, and has turned his attentions to ensnaring Risa into a nasty game of a race between life and death. Meanwhile she's still being targeted fro
Oct 31, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 4.5/5

Risa can’t even catch a good night’s sleep with all the trouble and danger that finds her. She’s still the key to finding the keys that many different people and beings want to get their hands on. The keys control the gates to heaven and hell and in the wrong hands those gates can be closed permanently, not allowing souls to cross and causing devastation when you consider babies being born without souls. Needless to say, the keys needs t
Nov 11, 2012 Ronda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Paranormal Fan
Shelves: 2012-favourites
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Keri Arthur for a cliff hanger that is going to last around 7 months!!!!! (Not!) Boy, what an ending to another fantastic Dark Angel Story!!!

I think most of my friends know that Keri Arthur is on my favourite shelf and has been for a long time. Having read all of her books, this lady never fails to disappoint me, I can't see that she ever will!

With Darkness Hunts, it seems a lot of the mystery has crawled out of the wood work and is now staring us in th
Once again, Keri Arthur has written an action packed novel ripe with romantic tension and imagination! Risa and Azriel may seem to have taken a step back from their romance, but have cranked up the tension until the electricity in the air is smoking hot!

Risa, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, is once again fighting for her life, this time against an unknown killer who is taunting her by forcing her to try and figure out clues he leaves leading to some of his victims, offering to allow her to save them if
Krystal Johnson
Dec 09, 2012 Krystal Johnson rated it really liked it
I get asked a lot who my favorite authors are. The list is a long one but, Keri Arthur makes it everytime. As urban-fantasy writers go she is one of the best. Her writing comes across as fearless and authentic. She is willing to follow the storylines anywhere and I love that.
Darkness Hunts is book 4 of the Risa Jones dark angels series. It is a spinoff of the much loved Riley Jenson series. The heroine, Risa Jones, is in demand and pulled in multiple directions in this installment. Many charact
Sep 27, 2014 Sara rated it did not like it
Risa is one of those painful characters who is written with the illusion of intelligence but she's really very dumb. She runs head long into danger she knows she can't handle, she trusts a man who is a template for an evil doer minus the handlebar moustache and black cape and her mind is constantly on sex. I love female characters who are comfortable with their sexuality but she is just one giant hormone. I swear the author started the series with Risa as a hormonal teenage boy and during the fi ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
When this series started, it had us all fired up for this hunt for the keys to the gates of heaven/hell/death/whatever. Since then, that BIG HUNT seems to have been relegated to a plot device that allows Risa to be tortured at will and that gives the main characters fodder to endlessly snipe at each other, without Ever. Actually. Doing. ANYTHING. In the meantime, Risa gets sent off on some random mystery of the week that does absolutely nothing to advance the supposed real story. At this point, ...more
Dark Matter
Jun 21, 2014 Dark Matter rated it really liked it
Evie Kendal reviewed this book; for more reviews by Evie, see Evie Kendal on Dark Matter Zine. To see all reviews on Dark Matter Zine, go to Dark Matter Zine's reviews.

Darkness Hunts is the fourth book of the Dark Angels series by Melbourne-based paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, Keri Arthur. The series focuses on Risa Jones, a half-Aedh, half-werewolf born of a lab-created female clone and an Aedh priest. Aedhs are reminiscent of angels in the series (due to their appearance), howe
Nov 06, 2015 Clarke rated it liked it
3.7 Stars. Public Library 11/5/15.

Risa gets into trouble no matter where she goes...

Learning how to seek out and speak to the souls of lost ones should've been a simple task. Unfortunately nothing is ever that simple and she catches the eye of a serial killer the Directorate has been chasing. As the killer stalks her more trouble from her father and the Raziq pop up.

Risa is being pulled in many different directions and something has to give. She still refuses to ask for help from those best pr
Saiyuki Recca
Oct 10, 2014 Saiyuki Recca rated it really liked it
Risa Jones, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, can enter the realm between life and death. She can speak to the dying and the dead, and she can see the reapers, collectors of souls. What she cannot yet see is the identity of a stranger murdering women and draining their blood. Now Risa must summon her gifts to find him, even if it means putting her own life in danger. But Risa needn’t look far. The killer knows who she is. He tells her his victims are infected by darkness and he’s fated to destroy them. F ...more
Oh me what an ending! June needs to get here like NOW! The romantic tension between Risa and her reaper is killing me! This one had a Riley feel to it also. Lots of different sub plots going on throughout the book. I can't imagine how Ms. Arthur will conclude this mess with the keys and Risa's dad. Just when you think you might have a handle on what's going on you uncover new info. And let me tell you I do not like Lucien at all, never really did and this book just proved why I don't.
Jan 02, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
A fast paced, paranormal story with lots of action and an intriguing mystery. I was riveted from the first few pages till the end. Treachery is discovered in one of Risa's friends. Lots of twist and turns, Risa once again is fighting for her life. Excellent addition to Keri Arthur's Dark Angels Series.
Mar 05, 2016 Doris rated it liked it
This is the first of this series I have read, and it has whetted my appetite for the rest. We have Risa Jones, half werewolf, half something akin to angels, who is searching for lost keys. The keys were created to lock, or unlock, the gates of hell, and now Risa is the only one who can find them. Helping and hurting her are several friends and lovers, and to some extent her father.

I thought this story was well written, logically laid out, with a believable character cast and backstory to make a
Alana Byers-crawford
Apr 02, 2014 Alana Byers-crawford rated it really liked it
Ahhhh this series just got all the more better when Risa finally started seeing what everyone else could: Lucian is no good at all.
While yes, Azriels' hate for him was questionable, I still can't believe she was so stupid to put up with him and his lies for four books. But finally, she's kicked him, maybe somewhat, to the curb and finally not seeing him anymore.
Now Azriel needs to man up and claim her properly instead of constantly being jealous
Kat Klein
Jan 15, 2014 Kat Klein rated it it was ok
Risa is Astral walking for the first time when she hears screaming. Someone is being killed on the Astral Plain, by a man with no face. And this man now wants to hunt.

This storyline wasn't bad, but had almost nothing to do with the main plot-line. In fact, there was little at all to do with the main storyline through most of this book. I don't mind if there is other story plots going through the main plot like in the first couple but this one pretty much halted the main story completely.

In fact
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Curious how other's would like to see this series end. 11 21 Sep 10, 2013 07:07AM  
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 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 in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Angels (7 books)
  • Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels, #1)
  • Darkness Rising (Dark Angels, #2)
  • Darkness Devours (Dark Angels, #3)
  • Darkness Unmasked (Dark Angels, #5)
  • Darkness Splintered (Dark Angels, #6)
  • Darkness Falls (Dark Angels, #7)

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