Saranna DeWylde's urban fantasy serial in one edition. Described by readers as Anita Blake meets Dexter, Ride of the Darkyrie is a glimpse into a world where humanity is relative.
Waking the Queen (1)
Detective Brynn Hill is on the hunt for an angel of mercy killer who’s been targeting war veterans. Once Brynn has a killer in her sites, there’s no escape. She’s a hunter of hunters: Judge, jury and executioner for those who slip through the cracks in the system. But her angel of mercy killer isn’t what she seems. She’s a Valkyrie sent to bring fallen warriors home and trigger Brynn’s journey to ascension.
Brynn is more than just a cop, more than just the screwed up daughter of an infamous serial killer. She is the Darkyrie Helreggin. The Queen of Hel born again to cage the evil that no other power can. It’s her destiny to lead the armies of the damned and fulfill a birthright that will change the nine worlds forever.
If a mysterious, scarred assassin doesn’t kill her first.
A Siren’s Song (2)
A new serial killer is hunting in Kansas City. He’s brutal and prolific, leaving two victims at a time. Detective Brynn Hill is on the case, but it’s not business as usual for the hunter of hunters. For the first time since becoming a cop, Brynn is out of her depth. The murders pull her deeper into a supernatural society where street gangs are run by demons and nothing is what it seems. Her world crumbles, the foundations smashed by her failure to save a fellow officer and the siren assassin who blames Helreggin for his scars and his mother’s death.
Brynn’s partner is there to pick up the pieces, but even Jason can’t keep her safe from the dark forces that want to stop her from reclaiming her throne as the Queen of Hel.
The Hunter (3)
The Capri Killer's silence has given Brynn a chance to clean up her mess, but she finds her every action pulls her deeper into a web of myths and half-truths. No one is what they seem and even the one man she made the mistake of trusting has an endgame.
The Capri Killer (4)
The darkness that allows Detective Brynn Hill to hunt the hunters is a ticking bomb. Only the human connection her father demanded she shun keeps her beast in its cage and slows the countdown to detonation.
When the Capri Killer targets the two people who represent her humanity, Brynn is faced with a terrible choice. Surrender her body to Helreggin and save them knowing it's the first taste of her death--or unleash the monster and save herself.
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Folks who follow my reviews know I am not a huge fan of serials, I hate having one story doled out piece by piece. I love series but I really do not like their counterparts that are episode based. That is why this one caught me off guard. This book is the first four episodes, which flow rather nicely and felt like a more complete story.
I do not know a great deal about Norse Mythology, so this story fascinated me. I loved the way it mixed modern times and paranormal elements into an old world myth. Everything felt fresh and new, at least it was that way for me.
Brynn is a tough chick but has a heart. It is her compassion that sets her apart from her counterpart, Helreggin. She works to find a balance between who she is as a human and who she is supposed to be as a Darkyrie. It all worked beautifully, an engaging story that had my attention from beginning to end. I am a big fan of sassy independent gals!
The men in the book at interesting but not typical romantic leads. Each has flaws and issues in their interactions with Brynn. She has the added problem of having to figure out if she is the one they want or her past incarnation.
Things get smexy a couple times. There is a touch of detail but not full on erotic. There is loads of sexual tension to steam things up all over the story!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson, who has a great read. She kept the story moving along with her energetic and sarcastic tone. She had a real feel for the characters and made them come to life with each phrase. I am definitely going to look for more of her work.
Overall, I really enjoyed this quick listen but hate that I have to wait for the rest of the series. I hope the author decides to put the rest in one audiobook as well. It helps relieve the feeling of something missing that you get when reading an episode at a time. This set of four ends at a place that felt natural, no cliffhanger moments. There are still plot points to address but they are not burning questions. I can't wait to see what happens next for this Urban Fantasy!
This was my first book by Saranna DeWylde, and I liked it very much! My version was an Audible I received from the author earlier this year that I listened to as I worked out on the elliptical. This one of the first books on audio I've used so it took some getting used to, namely her sweet voice that for me didn't quite fit Brynn Hill, or at least the version in my head, plus it goes slower when someone physically reads it to you than it would when I read it myself in my head.
Brynn Hill is a detective for the Kansas City Police Dept. specializing in profiling. She's also the daughter of a serial killer and the best officer on the force, what they don't know is the reason she's the best is because she can connect with the killers and hear their thoughts. She is a hunter and they are the prey. Her latest case deals with a serial killer who kills two at a time and threads their hair with jasmine flowers. She has to solve it before it claims the lives of people she knows. But between that she must also embrace her true self, Helriggan (I hope that how you spell it... since my version was audio I never saw it written) the Queen of Hell... but not wanting to give herself over to Helriggan she finds herself being hunted by a Siren, a serial killer, and her partner Jason (the God she claimed as Helriggan). Fast paced and intriguing to the end, with more of the story unfolding up until a cliffhanger... (which I don't like cliffhangers, lol)wondering when the conclusion of this story will be released!!!
Hollie has a very sweet soothing voice but at times I felt it was too sweet to be so snarky, but it got better and better as the character devoloped.
What is there to say. I have a dirty little secret ... I'm a closet heterosexual!
The story picks you up, drops you into Bryn Hill's life and never stops. You don't take a minute to catch your breath and you sure as heck don't pause long enough for the story to get ahead of you!
Original storyline with great characters who pop off the page. The realism of the story, even through the fictitious telling, grabs hold of the reader. There's a palpable connection between reader/author/characters that you don't want to see end.
I cannot say enough about Ms Jackson. Her voice enhances the story without making the listener hear only her voice. This is now the 3rd book I've listened to that she's narrated and each time her voice punctuates the emotion without overtaking the story.
The character relationships ... each connection drawing you in and wanting to immerse yourself in their lives.
This is now my 3rd novel by Saranna DeWylde. Each story has been unique with it's own set of characters and each with a different voice. This novel has the intrigue of a "whodunit" along with the romance of a woman finding who she is as a sexual being. The protagonist, Bryn Hill/ The Darkyrie, should be a complete badass ... and she is. But she also has a vulnerability that you can't help but respond to.
Finding her way through her Ascension, her path blocked at so many levels by the people she trusts or eased by people she shouldn't trust ... her story is one of heartache, suffering, breaking through and finally acceptance.
The story carries you along at a breathless pace, giving you just enough time to feel your heart slamming in your chest before dragging you along to the next moment. But there's no feeling of being "rushed" ... the story blossoms, much as Bryn matures, and encourages you to remain through to the end.
You won't regret stepping foot inside the Darkyrie's world ...
I love good paranormal novels, I took a chance on this one from the reviews and I happen to love the narrator. So glad I got the book. Really did some dark and some funny moments in the story but never stopped action for a single moment. Saranna DeWylde really pulled this off beautifully. Some of the villains are not really villains.......or just o the edge, the good guys aren't always good. So many twists and turns made the story very enjoyable.
When Brynn discovers who The Capri Killer really is and what she has to do to get him.
This book had lots of BLACK HUMOR, and some very dark paranormal things that can make some people cringe. However the story was fast paced and you really get to like the kick butt heroine.
I hope a second book about Brynn comes out. I think it could be a great series.
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