Darkness Unmasked (Dark Angels, #5)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  1,635 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Keri Arthur's explosive Dark Angels series is packed with everything you could want: a fiesty heroine, witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, angels of death, suspense and a whole lot of sexy action.

The sexy, exciting, suspenseful adventures continue in New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur's Dark Angels series, starring Risa Jones, a half-Aedh/half-werewolf. She c...more
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Signet Select (first published January 1st 2013)
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Stacy
I am so pissed off at this book, I can barely think coherently. In fact, if I'd written this last night immediately after finishing it, I think this review would have consisted entirely of, "Are you freaking kidding me??" Here's the thing--this series is dragging on interminably. Risa's got to find 3 keys to put the world's (and our) suffering to an end, and yet we're lucky if she spends even 1/4 of her time looking for them. And then it always just ends in, "Whoops! Missed it by that much!" At...more
Nykyrian
UPDATED WITH AN IN-DEPTH REVIEW

I won an early ARC of this book, so I'll write a more in-depth review after it's released. For now I will say that all those fans that have been upset about the Risa/Azriel saga...this is the book you don't want to miss. The tension finally explodes between them, and it's a spectacular display of fireworks. I'm not a crier, romances usually make me roll my eyes, but this book had me sobbing at the end. This book has it all, joy, hope, despair, darkness, it delivers...more
Steph
Per Author's newsletter:
Not only have NAL purchased books 6 and 7 in the Dark Angels series, but they've bought the first two books of my new series, which features a phoenix heroine. Big yay!

Darkness Unmasked, the 5th of the Dark Angels series, is slotted in for June 2013 release, and, at this stage, Darkness Splintered (book 6) will be available November 2013.

I'm also working on a secret project, that I should be able to tell you more about next newsletter :)
Ferdy
Spoilers

-Much more enjoyable than the previous installment (Darkness Hunts). I still had a lot of issues with it, but the development of certain story arcs, relationships and characters were enough to keep me engaged.

-I wasn't impressed with the inclusion of yet another "case of the week" type plot — it took up a good chunk of the book and added little to the series overall. The most it did was make me hate Madeline Hunter more, she was such a cow to Risa - Hunter's vampire lover was murdered,...more
Ally
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Marissa
4.25-4.50 stars

If it wasn't for the creepy as all fu@k spiders(shudders), Risa's ridiculous and perpetual inability to see what is right in front of her, and Azriel's unique and deliberate obtuseness about almost everything, this would have been an easy 5 stars. However, it still effortlessly goes on my favorites shelf because I immensely enjoyed it, and I know without a doubt what Azriel was saying, or at least trying to say, at the end to be naked truth, and will come to fruition in the end.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

*** THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ***

Keri Author’s talent as an author is undeniable but after the last two Dark Angels books I’ve kind of felt like she’s been stretching this series’ story arc past its breaking point in order to sell more installments. There’s nothing I hate more than feeling like I’m being taken advantage of as a reader. I seriously contemplated quitting these novels altogether but that’s always easier said than done. At least Darkness Unmasked sets the...more
Beth
This story begins right after Risa’s battle on the astral plane. Madeline Hunter, vampire leader, wants Risa to track down a mysterious killer…a killer that has taken one of Madeline’s friends as a victim. When Risa investigates, she discovers that it is some kind of spider demon, coating her victims in a web and leaving only a husk behind.

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As more people die, the pressure is on for Risa to discover who or what is behind these killings…without failing prey to the spider demon type creature herse...more
Feminista
Rating: 3 out of 5.

Before I start this review, I want to get some things across:

1. I love Keri Arthur. I really do. As one of the only Australian UF writers, she goes out of the norm characteristics of a UF heroine and creates a truly kick-ass, strong-headed and independent one!

2. This book was good. It was a good addition. The reason for this rating was because it fell short of my expectations and there were some things that I didn't like. But having said that, other readers might be okay with
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Ronda
I cannot believe the ending that this book has left me!

I have to say that I was over joyed to have Riley Jenson (Risa's aunt) play a role, although short, it was great to see her and Quinn involved. Rhoan is always on the sidelines in Risa's books so he keeps me tied to Riley regardless...

Darkness unmasked takes us on a couple of journeys here, one of them has continued throughout with the search of the Keys - we all know Lucian wasn't the guy we knew he was trying to be, however, the shock that...more
Danyel
I'm fairly tolerant of the fact that it's taken 5 books to find 1 and 1/2 keys to have them swiped out from under Risa. The secondary plot with Hunter was fine and I enjoyed it. If we're not going to be key hunting at least there's something for Risa to be doing other than sitting around waiting for more key information.

Her relationships in this book are what drop the rating from 3 to 2 stars for me.

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Rachel
Ok sometimes I just want to punch Risa. These books are good but they suffer from stupid character syndrome. A lot of the action is instigated by Risa being stupid. Actually, this book has left me angry and frustrated with her. Add that to the entire lack of good sex between her and Azriel and this is the worst book on the series so far.
At least we only have to wait 6 months for the next installment.
Laura
OMG I could not put this book down! Fantastically written I can't wait to find out how this series will end.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Keri Arthur’s DARKNESS UNMASKED, the fifth book in the Dark Angels series, is a well written, thrilling urban fantasy, likely to be enjoyed most by readers already familiar with the series. A little confusing to those just jumping in, it was still a fun read, with sleuthing, sexy moments and lots of spiders!

I first want to caution those of you who may be arachnophobes- this book is not for you. The main villain of the book is a spider spirit, who happen...more
Jessie Potts
What it's about: This is the fifth installment of Keri Arthur's Dark Angel series, and I find myself loving Risa as much as I loved Riley. In DU, Madeline Hunter (head of the vampire council) assigns Risa to investigate the death of a close friend of Hunter. Risa also has her feelings and quasi relationship with Azriel to contend with, and let me tell you, those two need someone to slap them upside their heads to get it together.

Why you should read it: It's fun, it's urban fantasy at it's finest...more
Jessica
Yay! All caught up now!! Keri Arthur's Darkness Unmasked is probably the most exciting in the series so far! I am sure the next one will top it though! This one was so action packed and emotionally driven that it makes for a wild read!

When Risa is told by Hunter to find the person who killed her lover, Wolfgang Schmidt, Risa knows she better get on it asap or risk her wrath. Her quest for the remaining keys will once again have to be placed on hold, although she does make attempts at doing both...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*ARC received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Keri Arthur has woven another compelling web of action, intrigue, mystery and suspense with Darkness Unmasked!

Being a chronic reader, it is my personal opinion that one of the highest compliments a book can receive is when it doesn't matter what you should be doing, you'd rather be reading. And an even greater testament to the utter captivating nature of the tale whe...more
Michelle
I hate to say that I was disappointed in this book...but I was. I was really looking forward to seeing where Risa & Azriel's relationship was going, and how they would deal with their decision to try to be together. Azriel made such a statement at the end of the last book about his feelings for her, but we never truly got to see her deal with that. What we actually see is more of the same "it's never about me" "it's only about the keys" blah blah blah. It doesn't seem like the two track toge...more
Hannah Pole
I have been champing at the bit to get my hands on this book. Having been thoroughly engrossed in Arthur's Reily Jenson series, only to have that end, and then BAM, get hit with this awesome series... I had extraordinarily high hopes!
Now let me say, Arthur is one of my most favourite authors of all time, each and every one of her books, I pick up and then don't put down again. Thats it. I'm gone. I disappear into her world, and resurface in tears once the book is over.
With Darkness Unmasked how...more
Cindyg
Damn...Damn...Damn...one hell of a story. I love Risa, she is one of my favorite heroines. She's intelligent, sexual, strong and loyal. My heart aches for her, but I think all her trials and pain and the shits she endures makes her the woman she is.
One word to describe Lucian...PRICK!!!
I love Azriel...please don't turn out to be like Lucian...it will break my heart.
I can't figure out who the dark sorcerer is...but from the hint we get from Ilianna's mom, it's going to be someone who we never exp...more
Vannessa
I am totally loving this series now! This book was just fantastic - probably the best so far in this series. Risa has really grown as a character and is a much stronger, better person for it, although she doesn't seem to like herself nor her life much. I understand why she dislikes her life - I would too with everything going on in it, but she does eventually realise that people need her and are willing to help her even if she doesn't really want them to.

As always with this series, the underlyin...more
Valérie
Keri Arthur est une excellente auteure, elle possède un talent indéniable et sa série Riley Jenson en est un exemple parfait, j’ai adoré chaque tome même si certains étaient d’un niveau moindre, principalement à cause d’une overdose de scènes de sexe. Cette série parallèle, Risa Jones ne souffre pas du même défaut, par contre depuis le tome 3 j’y avais trouvé une certaine baisse due à l’intrigue elle-même. J’avais le sentiment de tourner en rond, trop de questions en suspens, une quête de clés q...more
Melliane
Mon avis en Français

My English review

Et voilà un nouveau tome mettant en scène notre chère Risa. Je prends toujours énormément de plaisir à me plonger dans chaque roman, et cette fois n’a pas été une exception.

Donc comme je le disais, nous retrouvons notre héroïne qui doit gérer de nouveaux problèmes. L’amant de Hunter, un vampire assez âgé et puissant, est retrouvé tué de la plus étrange des manières. Oh oui ! Vous allez très vite comprendre pourquoi…. Des toiles, une morsure, une coquille vid...more
Erica
WOW! Keri Arthur has done it yet again. Kept me on the edge of my seat. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that is came out to far ahead of Darkness Splintered. I don't want to wait until November to continue this story! LOL! I absolutely love this series. I have gotten lost reading just as I did with Rileys series. You are awesome Keri Arthur!
Julie
Wow! This book was fantastic! Seriously just might be my favorite book in the series so far. I dont know if I can talk about it w/o giving something away and I hate writing spoilers. Waiting till November is gonna be awful. Im sure it will be worth the wait. Thank you Keri Arthur for a wonderful series.
April
This book was fabulous. It closed up a few things from the previous books! I had a hard time putting it down!
Jennifer  Ivy
This recently installment to Keri Arthur's Dark Angels saga is downright my favourite in the series thus far. We get a few answers to some lingering questions, but there was progression in terms of the romantic entanglement with Azriel.
But Risa herself gets caught up time and time again in another adventure.

Just when Risa was recovering from her latest near death experience, she is then called pretty much right away to deal with another important case, and this time it's Hunter's lover who has b...more
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Dark Angels urban fantasy melodrama series and revolving around Risa Jones, drama queen.

My Take
The usual melodrama and whining about she wants him, she can't have him, as she constantly pushes at him for more, Gimme, gimme, gimme. All this horrible stuff keeps happening. Oh, woe is me… *MAJOR eye roll*

(view spoiler) *Arm across the brow* It's al...more
Vanessa
It's Risa Jones' fault that the first key to the portal of hell was found and used, and why dark energies are beginning to leach into the world. OK, maybe it's not all her fault, but she's convinced that none of it would have happened without her interference. Or her existence.

Guilt, however, doesn't stop her from continuing her search for the second key with the hopes of keeping it out of the wrong hands. But it seems everyone has their eye on her and are always trying to pull her strings. Such...more
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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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