Series: The Darkling Trilogy #2
Published by Twenty Four Publishing on April 24, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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When the newly married Reverend Avery Wentworth embarks on a journey to the Americas to begin a new life, he foresees only joy ahead of him. But along with the shocking evils prevalent in a world of slavery, he comes against a much older, darker evil that steals his soul and turns him into a creature of the night. Cut off from humanity, he wanders through a wilderness of despair. A nameless, faceless creature forced to exist in the shadows, his only hope for salvation is the vision of a beautiful Negro and three words: Wait for me.
Rising Dark is the long awaited sequel to Dark Genesis and takes us from London 1757 to present day America in a love story that defies, time, death and the all-too-human flaws inherent in mortals and immortals alike.
(SPOILER FREE) After Dark Genesis, I had to read Rising Dark ASAP. After only two days, I finished the book and was left with another stunned moment. How the hell does author A.D. Koboah hit every damn button I have for a solid, amazing, page turner? Whatever she’s doing works for me.
Rising Dark is Avery’s story. We learn about his life before the events of Dark Genesis, which heightened the sense of love, redemption, and loss apparent in the first book. Avery was a good, faithful man before he was forcibly made into a vampire. Oh how my heart bled for him. What he suffered? Damn. Just…damn.
The story eventually includes how Avery and Luna met, and we see several scenes from Dark Genesis from his point of view. I worried this wouldn’t give me the same “oh wow” moments since I’d already read the scene in Luna’s book. Nope. Not to worry. Koboah layered those scenes so well they felt fresh.
Oh, Luna. What a complicated and surprising heroine. I won’t lie. I almost sent the author several emails of WHY DO YOU HATE ME? WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY SOUL? Yes, without spoilers, I can only say Luna as seen through Avery’s POV is heartbreaking. I had to stop and hug my child after a few chapters in the middle left me an emotional, frantic, broken woman. Love hurts, but DAMNNNNN.
The story brings us full circle. We now know why Avery’s encounter in the previous book went the way it did (if you didn’t read that one, I’m not spilling it for you).
The mystery of the entity in the chapel works so well, but I’m going to lose my mind waiting for the final book in the trilogy. What is it? WHO IS IT? Again, the author is a master crafter, and she’s clearly possessing an evil entity of her own for making me wait for who knows how long for the conclusion.
Sigh. I’ve forgiven Koboah already. She’s good. Really good.