22 Jul 2013


Apologies that there is no Media Monday post this week.

Today's review is my fourth book read in the WHAT'S IN A NAME 6:'A book with Up/Down (or equivalent) in the title' category. PW


SOURCE: Received for review from fellow blogger Dizzy C @ DIZZY C'S LITTLE BOOK BLOG.

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She feels disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she's had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He's handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself.

Thousands of years ago, eight creatures came to our world: the Deceiver to destroy it and seven to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on - and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realises that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver. Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago . . . Michael.
..... Outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Terror was the color of crimson.

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 111): She said aloud, "It's like all my life I've lived in some kind of painting. There was a lot of color and detail, and the painting seemed to make sense, but either somebody has smashed the frame or I've fallen out of it somehow. Now I'm in a totally different reality. The color and detail seem similar, but everything's changed. I can't go back into the painting. It's two-dimensional, and I don't fit. I don't even know how to try. But I don't understand this new reality either, or how to survive in it."

MY THOUGHTS: Part one in the Game Of Shadows series and as was perhaps to be expected a lot of time (way too much time in my opinion) was devoted to the creation of a world I found to be overly complex. 

Though described as a 'darkly romantic paranormal saga' it has to be said that much of the plot revolves around this 'world building' with any romantic aspect coming a poor second. That whilst hardly unique for this genre to feature an 'eternally mated couple' who have 'known' each other over the centuries I did think it intriguing that in Michael and Mary we had a couple whose souls seemly recognised each other despite the fact that they had not always been lovers. 

Full of a sense of paranoia that is almost palpable. As a concept Rising Darkness, essentially a tale of good versus evil, is interesting but full of characters I didn't connect with. I thought the plot plodding, the constant referring to characters as merely 'he' or 'she' confusing and the almost pantomime-like villain's quest for world domination verging on the laughable. Still, with at least another book to go (it's rumoured Rising Darkness is part one of a two book deal) and a mix of what I'd describe as Urban Fantasy combined with what is in effect a sci-fi element it has potential.

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So many books, so little time said...

Thanks for the review, think I will fence sit this one. I just need simple straight forward at the moment, finding it hard to concentrate on complex at the time.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Kelly said...

This one doesn't really appeal to me, though I do like that opening line.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sorry this didn't work for you! I think I'd get bored by all the world building in this one too.

Karen said...

I think I've read a book from another series by this author. As you can tell I can barely remember so it must not have stuck in my mind lol

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm curious about this one. I don't mind the romance taking a back seat to the world building. Hm.. might have to add it to the wishlist.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

I'm not sure that I want to add this one to my list either, although those memorable lines are really good and quite descriptively written.

We commenters will really have to put our heads together and try to find you a book which you can fall in love with, as the majority of your last few reviews, have commented on the mediocrity of the book and a 'take it, or leave it' rating! You deserve to have a blockbuster read next!


Cherie Reich said...

Thanks for the review! That cover is certainly eye-catching.

Barbara said...

I started reading your review thinking I’m going to want to read this book but ended by thinking ‘perhaps not’.
I think I will wait and see what you think of book 2 before buying book 1!

Gina R said...

Hmm. Actually sounds fairly interesting. I wonder if I'd encounter the same pitfalls though. Might have to consider it a bit more, but thanks for the share! Really liked your "memorable moment" as well. ^_^