Now that I've listened to all three books in this series, I can easily say that I enjoyed Moonglow the most. Kudos to Kristen Callihan for originality..Show More » and imagination in a saturated PNR market. It's a helluva thing to have to note that she didn't steal bits and pieces from the other eleventy-million series out there and that I'm grateful that I don't have to use the word "derivative." And while I'm at it, let me say that this series is NOT dumbed down. Too bad that has to be said as well.
The oldest Ellis sister, Poppy, and her husband of 15 years, Win, have been estranged as a result of the secrets each is keeping from the other, ..Show More »but also due to the guilt they feel as a result of the choices they each made in the past. One of them has sold their soul to a demon so they could be together, but now it's time to pay up. Ms. Callahan writes the interaction between these characters so well that it feels like a real marriage. These are two very strong and stubborn individuals who are deeply in love with each other, but who have no illusions about the obstacles they'll have to overcome in order to have a future together.
For me, this was an unusual book for the PR genre, mainly because we very rarely see the story of an established married couple struggling in their marriage within a supernatural context. I thought it was very well done. Moira Quirk was good, as usual, and this book is one I will listen to it again.
All three books in this series fit together beautifully, but if I have one complaint it's that the three sisters don't come together to help each other when one of them gets in trouble. The author stays within the industry standard that each book deals with different main characters, and the previously introduced characters, however related, are only peripheral to the story. I think this standard is getting a bit tired, and this book would have benefited by having all the sisters get together to battle the baddies. (Otherwise, what's the point of their special powers?) I kept waiting for Miranda to come in and burn the place down, but nope. No love.
I don't know if there will be another book or not, but if there is another I wish it would allow all the characters to work together. This is one of those books I'd love to join a discussion group to talk about.
NOTE to PR fans: There is a great new series (Night Prowler) by J. T. Geissinger, currently available on Amazon, but not yet on Audible. Give it a look. It's pretty amazing.
Setting 1880's England This the 4th in The Darkest London series, and the best so far. Yes, there is at least one that hangs from this one that co..Show More »mes out in 2014. There wasn't too much foreshadowing of this book in book 3, but the characters were there. In fact, the hero has been a secondary figure since book 2, and it's nice for him to get his own book at last. The hero is one of those dark brooding types. He had a seriously horrible past he has never dealt with fully, and a more recent incident that tortures his soul. I guess they don't have psychiatrists in that world. Oops, sorry for the levity, but there isn't much in the entire series, though the dialog can be entertaining. Anyway, back to the hero. He's a beautifully handsome shapeshifter who works for the paranormal Society for the Suppression of the Supernatural. It's a regulatory agency that keeps "normal" people from knowing about the supernatural world. He has secrets in his past he doesn't want known, especially by the heroine. The heroine is a GIM, which stands for ghost in the machine. Kind of convoluted. Listen to the books for an explanation. She is quite beautiful, and until recently, she was apparently the lover of Lucien, who creates the GIMs. Now she works for the agency. She has secrets as well that she doesn't want anyone to know. So, the heroine has just been assigned to work with the hero and is he ever ticked off! Their relationship is cold at best, and downright nasty at worst. But he has not had success in finding a serial killer, though he has the best record of any regulator in the agency. Their supervisor feels he needs assistance. So the plot revolves around their hunt for the killer. And their relationship. I don't know the time frame in how long has passed between books, because I'm terrible about paying attention to that kind of thing, but I do know that 3 and 4 are immediately sequential. One of the reasons I liked this book best is the push-pull, hot-cold in the relationship. The mystery isn't difficult to solve. Well, part of the mystery. Anyway, the evolution of the relationship as well as the personal growth of the characters was what kept me listening. And Moira Quirk. She is so very good.
Genre: Paranormal, steampunk, romance Setting: London 1880s This is the 5th in the Darkest London series, and my favorite. In the 4th book Hol..Show More »ly Evernight, an Elemental with an affinity for metals, was kidnapped by a demon and forced to make a clockwork heart to keep him alive. Because gold had failed in his previous testing, she made the heart of platinum. Then the demon decided Holly needed to test it on a living subject, so he captured Will Thorn, a vampire and an important secondary character in the series. Will was totally aware of what was going on, and feeling every bit of pain, up to the point when his living heart was removed for Holly to replace. Even though she was under threat, Will hated her and her emotional detachment from what she was doing to him. In Evernight, it is almost a year after her rescue, and Holly still hasn't gone back to work. In fact, she hasn't left her home. One night there is a break-in and Holly finds Will, almost totally turned to platinum, trying to kill her. He is in horrible pain as the metal takes over his body, and crazed as it invades his brain. He hates her. I know I mentioned that, but really, he hates her. She is cold and aloof, seemingly detached from the messiness of emotion. At her touch, Holly is able to relieve Will's pain and reverse the change, but only temporarily. In exchange for his not killing her, Holly agrees to research ways to reverse the change permanently. Over the course of the book, the relationship between Will and Holly develops from antipathy and fear, to desire and love. Will manages to get Holly to leave the house as they try to find out who is trying to kill her. They grow as individuals as well as in a partnership.The author did such a good job of making Holly and Will multidimensional, with strengths and weaknesses. The plot was well-rounded, though a bit scattershot at times with a fair number of secondary characters. There was a continuation of a secondary plot that began in, I think, the first or second book. At any rate, the author manages to make all the action move the plot forward and come together. There is a bit of a cliff-hanger, but it isn't the type that will worry away at you until #6 comes out (which I hope is soon anyway). The narration by Moira Quirk is great. While the timbre of male and female voices didn't vary much, her use of accents and pacing to differentiate characters was excellent. Holly is from Ireland, and the accent was true - an appropriately upper class Irish accent. Will is described as being from the north of England, and Ms Quirk gives him a wonderful Yorkshire accent. One of the secondary characters is from the American South and the accent is perfect for him. This narrator is just wonderful. You could listen to the entire series back to back without finding a difference in character voices from one book to the next.