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A Brush of Darkness

(Abby Sinclair #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,273 ratings  ·  454 reviews
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark,

Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 2011 by Simon & Schuster Inc (first published January 21st 2011)
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I hated Brystion the so called 'hero'.


-He was a wanker.
-He was a pig.
-He was a douche.
-He was a dick.
-He was a bastard.
-He lied to Abby and manipulated her.
-He handed Abby over to a psychotic killer knowing she'd be tortured and killed and then he didn't even feel all that bad about it.
-He told Abby the only reason he didn't let her die was because of her powers.
-He dumped Abby after telling her he loved her but he lied it was because he didn't need her anymore.
-He was a rubbish love
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Hmmm. I'm not really sure about this book because it has a lot going on and I'm not sure my brain was paying attention the whole time I was reading this. It happens, unintentionally clocking out mentally.

What I liked about this book was Abby being resilient. She's been left to tend to her Fae employer's bookshop and magical Midnight Market. She's Moira, the Fae Protectorate's Touchstone, her human anchor to this world/dimension. It's kind of an indentured servant kind of deal. Abby doesn't real
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
It’s easiest to cross between worlds at liminal times of the day. Angels travel most easily at dawn, faeries at twilight, and demons at midnight. As for noon… well, you’ll just have to read and find out!

When supernatural beings (“OtherFolk”) want to pass between worlds without these limitations, they can bond with humans, called TouchStones, who help anchor them to the mortal world. Abby Sinclair is contracted as the TouchStone to Moira, a powerful faerie, but she’s keeping a secret: Moira has
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Let's see... Another 3 star rating, so that means I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. It's like lukewarm water. It's nicer than cold water, but still not hot enough to be comfortable in.

Sadly, I didn't really get into the story. It's very likely my limited knowledge of the English language contributed to the fact that during some parts of the story, I had absolutely no idea what was going on, but I didn't care enough to read those pages again. The author didn't really seem to feel like explai
The first three quarters were 2.5 stars, the ending was definitely 3 fully-colored ones.

+ The story was not boring. I had no urge to stop. At no point. (But I wouldn't have searched for the book either, should I have mislaid it somehow.)
+ The heroine is likable, a bit clueless, yes, but intelligent enough and likable.
+ And the hero is hot and a bit self-loathing.
+ There were some very funny scenes woven in. Two or three times I even contemplated the possibility of extracting a quote, but my laz
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I feel deceived. LOL. A Brush of Darkness reviews suggested that I could expect hilarity and action from Allison Pang's debut, even a perverted unicorn. Absent any action, Darkness's protagonist Abby Sinclair delivers some funny lines, but the narrative lacks movement and life and labors under a clueless heroine.

Abby's apartment above Prospectus Intelligentsia Tabernus bookstore reminds me of Mac from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, only Abby's more helpless and inactive. One expects phys
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Holly said "horny miniature unicorn" and I said "OMG I have to read this." ...more
I had heard excellent things about this book and it turns out that everyone was right. I loved it! I was quite impressed with the fresh and complex world Pang created. The reader is dropped directly into the story and left to figure things out without any excessive infodumps. That style doesn't always work, leaving the reader too confused, but I think this author pulled it off nicely. The heroine, Abby, was relatively new to the OtherWorld, giving the author an easy way to pull the reader into t ...more
Carolyn  Storer
'A Brush of Darkness' is the debut novel by Allison Pang. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy (after adding it to my wishlist - mostly because of the awesome cover) and I'm happy to report it was a fun read. However, I did have a few issues...

Although this is marketed as an urban fantasy, it's a bit misleading in my opinion. This book is much more paranormal romance. Most of the book is taken up with the relationship between Abby and Brystion. Lots of sensual, heat filled pages. Although
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at

If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy books – even just a little – you HAVE to read this book! Yes, it’s THAT good.

End of review.

What, not enough? Okay then…if you want me to tell you more, I’ll tell you more.

I have a few blogging friends who are my Urban Fantasy go-to people. Our tastes are very similar when it comes to that genre, so whatever they like, I’ll like (usually anyway). All of them read and reviewed A Brush of Darkness
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at

Favorite Quote: ”If an incubus masturbates, does that make him an incu-bator?”

After spending the last six months trying to accept the fact her mother is dead and her dancing career is shattered, Abby finds herself locked in a contract as a Touchstone. When her Fae employer goes missing, Abby must rely on a mysterious and sexy incubus and a mini unicorn with an underwear fetish to guide her through the OtherWorldly.

As Abby‘s investiga
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I loved this book. So much so that I am going to ramble about it because you know that is what I do when I heart books. I am so happy to see this book take an urban fantasy and give it a real sex scene. I am so tired of other UFs teasing you with tiny bits of sensuality. It's like reading a YA book, no wait, most YAs have MORE SEX than most UFs. Anyway, I ramble, I appreciate the full sexy sex scenes.

I had to push myself through the beginning. I am still unsure if that is due to the beginning o
Jill Myles
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Just flat out loved this. Made me think of Kresley Cole's style of worldbuilding and the fun voice, but it's definitely urban fantasy (with a touch of romance).

Abby's a terrific character who has a great mixture of tough and vulnerable, and I loved the incubus Brystion, who tries very hard to be a bad guy but keeps letting his heart get in the way.

Of course I'd be remiss without mentioning the unicorn. I now want one of my own (though preferably not in my underwear drawer).

Great book with reall
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Review also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Allison Pang is one of the authors that is responsible for my addiction to paranormal reads. She has created a unique world of fae, demons, incubus/succubus, angels, and humping unicorns living amongst humans. This is a book to surely to bring emotions of lust, laughter, excitement and sadness.

There is a world of “OtherFolks” that exists in a linearplane, if you will, but none of the bei
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Another rambling review…. (Eventually, I will succumb to an organized review but until then…)




Non-essential (minor)-

Phineas (LOVED HIM)
And many, many more

UF terms-

Heart (yes capitalized)
and many, many more

I loved the story. I hated the world building. In fact, there really was not much world building. It was throw-you-in-this-new-world-and you-figure-it-out. I am not a UF wimp. I have read UF books befor
All Things Urban Fantasy
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I swear my narcissism had nothing to do with my loving A BRUSH OF DARKNESS. Even if the main character hadn’t shared my name, I’ve would have enjoyed this smart, irreverent, and super sexy urban fantasy.

There is so much to like in A BRUSH OF DARKNESS. Toping the list for me is Phineas (who graces the back cover). He’s an irrepressibly horny miniature unicorn who ends up moving in with Abby. He’s cranky and sarcastic and a huge pervert for such a little
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing read!
"A Brush of Darkness" is now on my top list.
When I received this in the mail, I was stoked. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Although I wasn't sure what the expect from it, I knew it sounded interesting. Soon in, I realized I would be hooked, and now I'm left begging for more!

It took me a few chapters to get relaxed and clued in to the history with the world Pang has written. Once I got use to it, everything started to unravel I couldn't get enough.

Abby Sinclair is a
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
TORN BETWEEN 3 and 4 STARS! ugh. I dunno. Can I just say the book probably deserves 4 but I just didn't LIKE the main character? She made SUCH BAD DECISIONS sometimes. That said, a sexy Incubus love interest (and setup for love triangle in book 2) is a GOOD thing, I loved the dirty-ass unicorn, I mean...yeah, that part was amazeballs. I felt like the beginning was kind of shaky, but it evened out. There was something just a WEE bit Gumbo-y about the world-building, like "throw all the UF shit in ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This book is really different and interesting. It focuses on "OtherWorld" people using mortals as touchstones to move between worlds. Abby is knee deep in this world without a lot of knowledge on what exactly is going on. She's not stupid though and the one thing I really liked about her was how she readily admitted that she was a screw up at times. She finds out that different beings are missing including the one she is the touchstone for. She's also very funny and snarky.

There are many paranor
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Full of snarky and sexy characters that leave you laughing at their antics and crying with them through their pain.

Opening Sentence: Cat piss and cabbages.

The Review:

A Brush of Darkness falls in a very small group for me: books I can’t get enough of. There is so much going on with this diverse set of characters that it leaves me looking for more. And it is the characters that make this story for me, not the world they are a part of. It’s Abby’s
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon, and a hard-on. And a unicorn bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.

As far as first books in a series go, this one was fantastic. Most of the less-than-popular UF series I've read that don't classify as erotica tend to be a bit on the emotionless side. The plot is usually great, but the heroine is always too stoic and serious to be likable and there's very little of the hero in the first
Yolanda Sfetsos
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Last week, I picked a group of UF books from my bookshelf... and this is one of them!

Abby works in a bookstore. She's also the TouchStone to the Protectorate.

The day a mysterious incubus--Brystion--drops in asking to see the Protectorate--Moira--because he needs her help, Abby's world gets turned upside down. Not only does she agree to help Brystion find his missing sister, but soon realises that something really horrible is going on, and it also explains why Moira's been missing for months...

Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Quickie: This was a fast and very enjoyable read with a few laughs thrown in at the expense of the World of Warcraft game. The world building around fae myths was quite interesting, curious to see what will come of it.

The characters make this story, hands down. Abby, the lead character, has a quick and snarky personalty. Loved the dialog between her and the other characters. Oh and there is a a pervy miniature unicorn, who almost stole the book for me. I'll definitely pick up the next book in t
Kelly Keaton
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this book from the first page to the last, and every one in between. Love finding great new authors!
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

What? I'm so sad. So confused. So....bereft.

How could you end it like that Ms. Pang!? How!!!!

Anyhoo. Though this book took me awhile to read, it had nothing to do with the story or the actual writing. I was just busy. I point this out to anyone who actually pays attention to how long it takes someone to read a book.

So while I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book, I did enjoy that the reader was sort of dropped into this world and learned along with Abby. For the pieces of informat
Jen Davis
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Allison Pang has created an interesting and unique world with the Abby Sinclair series. It's one dominated by the Fae, but features an array of supernatural species from angels to demons and everything in between.

Abby is a human, but she's special. She serves as a Touchstone to the Fae Protectorate, Moira. Her job is essentially to anchor Moira to the human plane, help her cross between worlds, and to assist with disputes and problems Moira helps settle. In exchange, Abby will not age for the se
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Abby Sinclair was a dancer and all of that changed when she was in a car accident so tragic she still is plagued with horrific nightmares. Six months later, she is the Touchstone to a powerful member of the Fae & manager of a magical marketplace.

Everything seems to be going well when Brystion (Ion for short) shows up in her store. It seems his sister (a succubus) is missing and she’s not the only one, together they have to figure out who is taking them & where they have them hidden. That all goe
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf-pnr, fae-angels, demons
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

A Brush of Darkness is dark, funny, plenty sexy and a little heartbreaking and surprisingly heartwarming. In short, it’s an urban fantasy must-read.

When I first read the back cover copy for A Brush of Darkness, I stopped at the words “miniature unicorn.” Let’s just say I fall firmly on “Team Zombie.” That’s still true, but the perverted magical creature in this novel is a complete delight. He’s tiny but ballsy and can’t seem to keep from pla
Abby Sinclair works in a smelly old bookstore, but that's as much normalcy as she gets. The Pit, as it's called, is a front for the Marketplace that caters to the Other-Folk. The Protectorate of this town, who is also Abby's boss and who she is TouchStoned to, has left on an errand 4 months ago and Abby is not sure when she will be back. Abby is new to this world and is feeling her way around and honestly has no idea what she is doing half the time. Almost a year since the accident that changed ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a snarky little story about Abby Sinclair, who after losing her mother to a drunken driver while she was driving, wakes up 2 months later from a coma with a metal plate in her head, tries to bring herself back to normality even with the seizures she suffers from as a result of said accident. Of course, she had to give up her one passion in life, dancing because of her severe injuries and seizures.

But what is normal when you sign a contract with a vampire named Jett who only wants to use
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