Ride of the Darkyrie is magical. A dark and magical world filled with anti-heroes you can't help but root for and a heroine wh
Rating: A ... Heat: Warm
Ride of the Darkyrie is magical. A dark and magical world filled with anti-heroes you can't help but root for and a heroine who kicks more butt than any of the fellas. Each and every installment has drawn me in and wrapped me completely up in its twisted web. Unique and compelling, filled with blood and gore, murder and mystery, this is a must-read for all dark urban fantasy lovers.
When we last left Brynn in The Hunter, we found out exactly who the Capri killer is. Brynn now knows who it is and the hunt is on. The Capri killer might not be the biggest or baddest foe that she’s ever faced, but people she cares about are still in danger. Especially when the killer decides to take a hostage. In order to not repeat past mistakes, Brynn is going to have to use both sides of her: Brynn and Helreginn.
And, in The Capri Killer, she does. Brynn let's go of some of the shackles that bind her. Embraces both sides of her, the human and the darykrie. I like where her character is going, the way she's evolving. Brynn is, hands down, one of the most complicated and interesting heroines I've ever read. She's good and bad equally and, sometimes, letting the good win is a struggle for her. But it is her choice... She's the hunter and everyone else is they prey. It’s not easy for her to be from two different worlds, but she’s making it work the best that she can.
Also good and bad equally is Stavros, my lovely and brutal Siren. The small bits of him (although, ahem, from what Brynn could feel is not so small at all…) revealed in this installment had my full attention. Anything and everything Stavros, I gobble it up—greedy for more. It never feels like there is enough Stavros. And, after this installment, it’s clear that Brynn and him are spiraling toward something—tragic and painful or beautiful and surprising. Maybe both. I can't wait to experience it either way.
Even though things with the Capri killer may be resolved, Brynn has brought down a world of trouble upon herself. When one problem gets solved, two more spring up for her. I’m very anxiously awaiting the continuation of this series. The way that Miz DeWylde has written this cast of characters—from a heroine who, despite all her powers and immortality, is still an underdog, to a hero would would as soon kiss her as kill her, to demon and vampire gang leaders… I’m hooked! More, please!
I love this series. I really do. Every time a new installment is released, I do a little happy dance in my chair. My first lov
Rating: A ... Heat: Warm
I love this series. I really do. Every time a new installment is released, I do a little happy dance in my chair. My first loves are Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance but, lately, those genres have seen an influx of novels and (sorry!) the quality seems to be suffering for the quantity. I love my growling werewolves and my moody vampires as much as the next girl... but I really love when an author decides to do something completely new. Miz DeWylde has done that with Ride of the Darkyrie.
I am completely absorbed by this world and its unique mythos. Wrapped up in the characters, all of whom don't follow the usual rules. You have heroes that behave like bad guys. A heroine who can not only play with the big boys but beats them at their game. You never know what's going to happen next. What the characters are going to do or become. And, I’ve got to say, it’s all just pretty darn cool. Badass.
In The Hunter we finally get to see Brynn's powers. A peak at what the Queen of Hel can do and why she’s a formidable opponent. More of Brynn’s past is exposed—which reveals some game-changing truths. It also delves deeper into who Jason is and why he’s with Brynn. And, of course, the Cross is there doing what he does best: complicating Brynn’s life even further. Same as the Capri killer, who is also giving his A-game in this installment. And by A-game, I mean he really ramps up the creepy and continues ‘playing’ with Brynn.
We’re also introduced to other species and learn how they interact with each other. Demons, vampires, werewolves, demigods, gods... and they walk among us as cops and gang leaders and serial killers. All of which have a clear dark side to them. Because Ride of the Darkyrie doesn't just flirt with darkness but embraces it. Owns it. And doesn’t bother with trying to pretty it up.
If you haven’t yet tried this series, now is a perfect time! You’ll devour all three installments in one night.
Part two of Ride of the Darkyrie, A Siren’s Song, really ratchets up the action, drama, and intrigue. As well as the sex and g
Rating: A ... Heat: Warm
Part two of Ride of the Darkyrie, A Siren’s Song, really ratchets up the action, drama, and intrigue. As well as the sex and gore. It gives us a peak, a teasing reveal, into who Brynn is, who Jason and the Cross are, and how they all fit together.
This world and the mythos woven into it is so damn neat. Very Norse-inspired, with references to Hel, Ragnarok, Odin, and a few other key players and places. I’m not an expert in Norse mythology, by any means, and Miz DeWylde has done an excellent job of mixing what I know with what I don’t—and, of course, adding her own unique twists—into a mind melding mix of... awesome.
Brynn Hill is the once and future Queen of Hel, as well as a cop with the Kansas City Police Dept. As a Darkyrie, THE hunter of hunters, she is the top predator on the preyful food chain. Her quarry: serial killers, murderers, rapists, and any other bottom of the barrel scum. Calculating and driven, she is most certainly inhuman and it shows. Brynn’s thought process and emotions (or, often, lack thereof) are unique. The connection between her and her prey, the way she hears them and sees them—feels them—has me fascinated. Because even though she is otherworldly, and could be considered cold, there is also a vulnerability deep within her. It makes her a relatable heroine.
And then there is the Cross. The anti-hero. Scarred and with a voice that could make angels weep (he is a siren, after all), he is set on his course for revenge at all costs. Wicked and vengeful and even outright malicious, he is also somehow Brynn’s best source for information. Connected to a past Helreggin, the Cross can’t get even with Brynn until she once again resembles her former self. The Cross is... distinct. You haven’t read a hero (using that term loosely at this point) quite like him. He is beastly and boorish in all the right ways. And he trips my trigger in a big way.
Last but not least, we have Jason Grimes—the person who should be giving Brynn the answers she needs. Jason is moody and has a penchant for disappearing. Really. Where does that man, with his impeccable since of timing, go? One minute he’s there, the next he isn’t. And when he isn’t playing hide and seek, he’s demanding and forceful and… confusing! I can’t get a read on him. The small little tidbits we do learn in this installment have me torn.
The murder case that is the overall mystery has me riveted. Women’s bodies, seemingly being mummified over night, are turning up night after night in a seedy motel. With no clear M.O.—the woman are all ethnicities, social classes, etc.—Brynn and Jason have their work cut out for them. And Brynn has to be extra careful, as the murderer is now leaving her gifts and clues.
A Siren’s Song has murder and mystery and is chock full of blood and carnage. Very dark and ugly and twisted. I can’t wait to delve further into it as well as Brynn’s past, her future. Her father. These cliffhanger endings are pretty killer, but I’m loving it anyway! If you love your Urban Fantasy deliciously dark, if you like heroines who kick ass, heroes and anti-heroes who make your heart stutter—this serial series is for you!
“What are you doing?” I demanded. “You keep grabbing me like I belong to you. I don’t.” But I made no move to free myself. I didn’t want to, it felt too good. The way his knee fit between my thighs, his broad chest against my breasts, and the solid weight of him pinning me against the wall. He leaned closer. “You used to. And I belonged to you.”
Rating: A ... Heat: No Lovin' (in this installment)
Brynn Hill has dark needs and killer instincts. She is THE hunter of hunters. And, unlike her seria
Rating: A ... Heat: No Lovin' (in this installment)
Brynn Hill has dark needs and killer instincts. She is THE hunter of hunters. And, unlike her serial killer father, she can use her badge to cover her tracks. Which is quite convenient since her purpose, as a Darkyrie, is to kill the monsters of the world. And this world she inhabits is unapologetically dark and real and gruesome. Very not pretty.
Waking the Queen opens at a policeman’s ball on the night before Brynn’s birthday—a birthday that will herald in her ascension. During a dance with her partner Grimes, he tells her he has a surprise for her bright and early the next day at an abandoned warehouse. A surprise that involves a killer they’ve been trying to catch. But when Brynn shows up, the surprise quickly turns into a catastrophe when a disfigured man, known as The Cross, shows up to kill her.
I feel a bit perverse for thinking this, because there was strong dislike (hate, maybe?) from Cross towards Brynn, and yet... a tiny little niggle in my brain has me wishing Brynn and Cross eventually hook up. There was this moment, when his hand was on her chest and he's growling mad, and I could see it turning into some really hot, angry sex. Who knows. Could be way off base. I often root for the dark horse.
But I also can't ignore that there is something between Brynn and her partner, Grimes--who has been keeping secrets from her. There is more between them than meets the eye, more than even Brynn herself realizes.
I can’t wait for the next installment! I must know more about Brynn’s ascension, why Cross wants to kill her, and what Jason Grimes has been hiding. Waking the Queen was a fantastic beginning to what I’m sure will be a deliciously dark Urban Fantasy serial series. How can it not with a kickass heroine, two potential heroes, and a setting so violent and gritty that you know it will be full of drama and action?
His touch was like nothing else, not even his sinful voice was as terribly wonderful as his touch. I'd never understood the big deal about touching, fucking. It was all a mechanical exchange of fluids to me. Until now. I had no control over my body's reaction. This want. It intrigued me and pissed me off at the same time.
It took me a little while to get into it, as I had to adjust my mental palate from a) the-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review
This book was... fantastic.
It took me a little while to get into it, as I had to adjust my mental palate from a) the string of bad books I've unfortunately read recently and b) my usual romance-laden fare. (Not that this book is without any romance, it just isn't the focus).
Ms. Stevens writing is delightful and wordy and descriptive. And, thankfully, it didn't feel like a case of going overboard with a thesaurus. It matched the gothic feel of the novel perfectly. Added to the tone and atmosphere quite well.
The book has a slow beginning, but that's not to say it isn't interesting. There were a lot of things that needed explained and set up...
Amelia is a strange character, in a good way. Twenty-seven years old and quite the loner, she restores old cemeteries to their former glory. Oh, and the fact that she can see ghosts can be quite a hinderance to her job and her personal life (which she doesn't really have much of).
The knowledge and the insight into all things grave yards was phenomenal and just plain interesting. And the way in which Amelia gets dragged into the murders and mystery was fun to watch. It also brought into her life John Devlin, a man her father and his rules warned her away from... because he is a haunted man, and ghosts are to be avoided at all costs.
Which, naturally, means that Amelia is drawn to him like a moth to flame (as am I, as am I...sigh). With the introduction of his character, nothing in Amelia's life will ever be the same. Now she not only has to deal with bodies turning up in the cemetery she's trying to restore, she also has to deal with Devlin and his ghosts. Amelia is the proverbial curious cat.
Which leads me to the mystery aspect. It is so well thought out and there are so many layers to it... And the settings and places that it leads Amelia were a delight to imagine. Not to mention spooky. This book actually had me spooked like watching a horror movie. And on edge. And guessing.
I don't want to say too much about the mystery, as it is the focus of the book. And it would be a bummer to ruin it. But it truly is disturbing and entertaining... and while the larger mystery is wrapped up nicely at the book's end - there are plenty of small intrigues to weave into the next story. So many questions still to be answered.
I hope the next two books are as wonderful as this one!
Each book keeps getting better. I didn't want to put this one down. And boy am I thankful that I've just started this series, because I can't imagineEach book keeps getting better. I didn't want to put this one down. And boy am I thankful that I've just started this series, because I can't imagine having to wait two years for the next book. Twelve days is too long!
I love Chess and I love Terrible. And I love this series. 'Nuff said!...more
When things go bad for Chess, they seem to really go bad. Ms. Kane unrepentantly goes there - no holds barred.
I don't even know what to say without being spoilery. I suppose I could say that, as a person who's never imbibed, I felt like a complete junkie while reading this book. In one scene in particular, I even wanted to start scratching at my own skin... Powerful stuff. The things Chessie goes through to not feel...
I will also say, there is a part where Terrible opens up - says some things to Chess - and it might be one of the sweetest and most touching and then f'ed up dialogues EVER. He made my heart pound... And Chess made me want to pull my hair out.
And then the sh-t really hits the fan. I didn't know if I should cry or scream, or both. And I have a feeling it's only going to get worse before it gets better.
Needless to say, I've started the next book right away. And Sacrificial Magic can not come out soon enough!...more
Totally awesome world in this book-- dark, gritty, and magical. No werewolves or vampires, which was a refreshing cha-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review
Totally awesome world in this book-- dark, gritty, and magical. No werewolves or vampires, which was a refreshing change. Just ghosts and the witches who control them.
I love the heroine, Chess. And the hero (I hope) Terrible. They are two incredibly broken characters that are riddled with flaws - and yet you can't help caring for them and rooting for them. Even when you want to cringe at some of their choices. I'm starting the next book right away so I can read more of these two together. They are heartwrenchingly combustible.
And Downside, the world they inhabit. It's like this melding of post-apocalyptic survivors meets the ghetto meets a homeless shanty town meets some hip greaser slash punk hangout... Such a neat setting and it is written so well. I love imagining all the places they go in this book.
My only complaint has to do with the big action, bad guy take down at the end. It was a bit long winded and overly descriptive, IMO. It slowed down the pace a tad too much. Not a big deal, just a minor grumble.
Such a neat book. Unique to the n'th degree. There is no series I could compare it too - and I love that. ...more
Summary, in which Paula and I break our opinion down into this lovely gem:
PAULA: I do love it. A little disappointed with the lack of Raphael in the book. Wish we got more of him but I understand that this is Andrea’s book and it’s about her trying to figure herself out. And boy when she makes up her mind, she goes all the way. I love that she just runs around in her beast form for half the book. Go Andrea! I am happy with the book though. It’s definitely an “A” – I mean really – the dynamic duo puts so much into these books and it shows. The writing is extremely intelligent.
LETITIA: It has definitely been great to see Andrea grow to love and accept herself. She's a balls to the wall type of gal--goes from being a closet shifter to walking around with her furry boobies on display! LOL But I agree with you, I treasure and adore every scene with Raphael. I want more of him. He can scratch MINE into anything I own...
PAULA: He can tattoo MINE on my butt for all I care!
LETITIA: Hm. If I let Raphael tattoo MINE on my butt, there might not be any skin left showing. Running out of butt real estate for my book BFs to mark...
PAULA: Nice. You said “butt real estate” hee hee…
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