Dec 20, 2013
It’s been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.
Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.
Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?
No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.
For the typical teenager, discovering your true self and capabilities usually doesn’t include completely wiping out the power of the Seattle metropolis. But for Ember Brycin, self-discovery is exactly that. It has only been a few weeks since she found the truth of her existence as a Dae – half Fae and half Demon – and her life has changed completely. With both the Seelie and the Dark Dwellers on the lookout for her capture – both for completely different, yet still terrifying reasons – Ember needs to figure out a plan and who to trust. And fast, before the ones closest to her heart are put in danger.
This was a very solid follow up to the first book of the series, Darkness of Light. A lot more time is spent answering questions from book one, with a good amount of information being provided to us desperate readers about the Otherworld, the Fae, and the Dark Dwellers. Even with all of this, Brown makes a very action-packed story. As a reader, Fire in the Darkness was great. I was always kept on my toes, second-guessing the significance of every little dialogue and action, and plotting in my head all of the possible plot twists and outcomes that could have unraveled as I read on. But I was completely wrong. Brown brings in such a creative turn of events in the last quarter of the story. It was pretty awesome to read.
Witnessing Ember grow both in her capabilities and as a person was really great. I think she is definitely up there on my favourite YA heroines list, and book 2 just solidified my appreciation for her. She is strong and brave and stands on her own, and those are qualities that I’ve always admired. A big part of the book had me confused between the two love interests. With Torin, it’s very sweet and anyone can tell the depths of what he would go to in order to protect Ember. With Eli, it’s a lot of will-they-won’t-they… Lots of tension and attraction that both are desperately trying to ignore. The development of Ember’s heart and feelings was just as good as her character development. I also enjoyed the minor characters. I felt that they all added some depth to Ember’s story.
In short, Fire in the Darkness is a pretty good follow up in Stacey Marie Brown’s Darkness series. I loved seeing how much Ember has grown, and I look forward to what is to come next in her story. For readers of paranormal romance, The Darkness series is definitely worth a look.
1) Both books signed with a $10 Amazon gift card (US only)
2) Signed copy of either book 1 or 2 (US only)
3) 5 x ebook of either book 1 or 2 (INTL)