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Hearts of Darkness

(Deadglass #1)

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  128 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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Jun 12, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-edited
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 ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
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Jen Davis
Sep 23, 2012 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
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 02, 2012 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
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
Apr 30, 2012 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
Aug 25, 2013 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
Jun 18, 2012 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 ...more
Melissa Cutler
Jul 29, 2012 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
Apr 18, 2013 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 ...more
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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
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am not a "warewolf" or a supernatural love story fan. Though the plots were good, I did not enjoy reading.
Breanne Edwards
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy books with a good love story, and chemistry. The storyline was unique rest characters and interesting, I do feel like some of the story line could have been better explained, or developed by may come out in the sequels.
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Aug 06, 2012 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 ...more
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
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 ...more
Ashley Chen
May 08, 2012 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
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
Jun 22, 2012 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 ...more
Jul 04, 2012 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
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
Nov 12, 2014 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
Oct 20, 2012 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 ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a slog, and I don't think I'll be seeking out the rest of the trilogy.

Thus far it feels very much like a riff on Darkfever (with much more progress in the overall plot just in book 1 of this series). We have the dead sister, creepy netherworld takeover of an established urban center, special inherited abilities including paranormal double-vision, gratuitous sexy scenes, diabolical otherworldly plot...

Problems with this book:
1) Obsession with female "purity". All the cultures in the book
This is more 3.5 stars than 3, but because of a couple of gripes, I just couldn't bring myself to rate it a 4 star read. I liked it, but it had irritants.

First and foremost, I really loved the world building in this. It was unique and incorporated different pantheons of paranormals [Norse and Babylonian - you don't see THOSE in most paranormal stories!] that the usual one sees in this genre. I was very engaged in the complex, dangerous world the characters were involved in.

The pacing was great -
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-fantasy
As with most stories, there were aspects of this novel I truly enjoyed and some that I enjoyed a bit less. The world was very intriguing to me. I appreciated the interweaving of different mythologies to create a unique setting that wasn't entirely predictable.

Kayla - I have mixed feelings about. She is alternatively innocent and shockingly bold. She is mourning her sister, lusting after Hart, scared of her shadow, and suddenly fearless. I'm not certain she was convincing in any of these roles.
P. Kirby
Confession. This book did something right because I immediately bought the next in the series, Hearts of Shadow (Deadglass). My willingness to spend cashy-money on the follow-up to Hearts of Darkness happened despite my feelings for the hero and heroine in Hearts of Darkness.

Wazz-her-name (leaving this to show how little the character resonated with me) and Hart are stock characters from paranormal romance. The innocent, saintly woman whose magical vagina tames the muscle-bound, hirsute, rage
Deanna (OnceUponADee)
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I was expecting at all. When I first started listening to the audiobook, I was like oh this is just a romance novel about supernatural beings....then BAM....nope erotic romance novel, but more subtle than most. The sex scenes were well written and the story unfolded well. You feel for the characters and even at times put yourself in the story trying to figure out clues. Trying to help Kayla or Heart as you knew they would eventually figure things out. Definitely going to ...more
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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

Other books in the series

Deadglass (4 books)
  • Hearts of Fire (Deadglass, #0.5)
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