Monday, January 19, 2015

Alexandra Ivy - Darkness Avenged

As the demon world celebrates the defeat of the Dark Lord, the vampire Santiago’s mood remains bleak. He still yearns for the sensual, raven-haired Nefri, who has inexplicably disappeared. But brooding for Nefri is a luxury that Santiago does not have. His traitorous sire, Gaius, is unleashing a violent scourge upon the mortal world, and Santiago must stop him before it’s too late...
To her dismay, the all-powerful Oracles have sent Nefri on her own mission to find Gaius, and failure is not an option. Nefri’s search leads her to the vampire’s abandoned lair—and straight into Santiago’s path. It’s clear Santiago intends to seduce her, but then an ancient, banished evil reappears, threatening to thrust the world into a madness it cannot survive...

Comment: It's been ages since I've read a book by this author. Actually since 2013. However, I do feel happy I can still remember several facts and names despite not everything important.
This is the 10th installment in a series that has seen many years, and like the author herself said, that was quite the surprise.

This is Nefri and Santiago's story which, if memory isn't failing me, were important in the previous book as well, where their story was set up.
Nefri is a vampire who lived for centuries and after a rime she went with her family, community to another sort of dimension or place where emotions were ruled out so the vampires couldn't fall prey to feelings, maintaining control of their powers that way.
However, problems came up in the form of some villains, one of them Gaius, a vampire who should live with Nefri in their society apart from others. Since the previous book Nefri joined forces with Santiago, Gaius' adopted son, to catch him and save the world, sort of.

Well, I was amazed by how much I still remembered after two years of not reading anything by the author. Still, I can't say I was immensely happy about this book because, to be honest, it wasn't as good as some others I liked better. In this story, not only is the romance too boring, but the plot isn't very appealing to em either.

Truthfully, like some other readers, whose reviews I've seen, the best thing about this installment ended up being the setting up for the next book in the series. It will feature Sally the witch and Roke, the vampire and I'm actually interested in reading that one.

Apart from this, I can't say much about a story that really was boring and where not even the characters gave any strength to carry it over either.
The plot followed the same things we've seen in all books, the battle against enemies who want to kill the good guys or expose the paranormal world to humans or some other catastrophe. But the beauty in the books is how the couple usually bonds over their common goals and the feelings between them.
In this book, the plot was more of the same but there wasn't any other elements to support it through out so many pages where everything was boring.

The romance didn't appeal to me. Nefri is reluctant to admit she likes Santiago and I do understand her reasons, practicality, age, trying to keep things separate, not having to deal with it, it can be anything but if she were to be believable in her options all would be well. But Nefri gives in despite her actions and behavior and this, instead of telling me, she had feelings she didn't want to share - which is the reason behind her reluctance, only shows me she can be persuaded to gave up her ideas to be with someone. Sure he never forces her to anything but I wonder if she didn't feel more pity than love for him somehow. Of course this is never said, it's just my reading of their behavior. 

In the end they get their HEA but it's weird, a bit unlike the majority and the idea they go to be together where Nefri lives sounds annoying after so much time with him trying to show her she deserves to experience feelings again and so on...
Anyway, this story seemed to focus more on the romance, which I didn't think was that great, but even this didn't make the book a winner for me.
I do have hopes for the next one and will be reading it soon.
Grade: 5/10

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