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Darkness Unchained

Sky Brooks Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Just survive. That's been Sky's goal since uncovering a dangerous secret: she had died at birth and became host to a very powerful spirit shade. Now Skylar has the rare ability to manipulate magic - an ability some would kill for. Needing to lie low, she declines membership in the Midwest Pack, the most powerful pack in the country. Sky thinks she can return to a normal life. She's wrong.

When a pack member is brutally assaulted, Sky saves her. The Midwest Pack and their rivals, the Northern Seethe, are under attack, and the pack wants Sky to help find the person responsible. Drawn reluctantly back into the otherworld, Sky must work with the Seethe's hunter, Chris, to finish the job. Chris should be a welcome asset with her connections and extensive knowledge of the otherworld, but her turbulent history with the Seethe and Midwest Pack only causes more conflict between the enemies-turned-allies.

Once again, Sky must negotiate the lies, secrets, and strange politics that govern the otherworld while struggling not to draw attention to her abilities. Now she wonders if she will be able to find the killer - and get out alive.

©2014 McKenzie Hunter (P)2017 Tantor

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Is this a book about Chris or Sky. More SKY!!!!!!!

Next time how about you do a short story about CHRIS!!!!!!!! MORE SKY LESS CHRIS!!!!!!!!!

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Dissappointing.

First book was from Skylar's point of view. Nearly half of this 2nd book was from Kris's point of view. Kris was a character of little redeeming value at the start, and even at the end of this book I am asking myself why am I supposed to care about her. It took away from Skylar's character development and felt like filler. Skylar is still naive, reactionary and a hypocrit. I'm not sure I'll continue with book 3.

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Sigh

I'm so very on the fence about these books. They have a chance to be good, great even. I like many of the characters and their backgrounds. I like the thought that seems to have gone in to the world of supernatural beings and how it works. The work done to create an interesting and diverse world is clear. However I can't stand Sky. I don't even have a love-to-hate feeling for her, I simple can't stomach her.

Sky is supposed to be 24 and I always forget that. I find myself shaking my head and remembering she's not 14. She comes off as petulant, ungrateful and annoyingly naive. I get she doesn't like what she is and she is confused about her place in the world. But she is careless, does what she wants and causes more harm than she does help. As the lead character she does the least work.

I like Josh, Steven, Qwell and even Gavin. Ethan is likable in his own way. He can be overbearing and a control freak but that seems to be ingrained in all werewolves. Every fiber of my being wants Ethan to find someone better and not end up with Sky. But even I can see where the author is heading with them. As for Winter, she is a true badass and tough as nails. I like Winter, who is a self admitted bitch and yet I can't bring myself to like Sky.

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Another Great Book by this author

This is the second book in the sky book series. It did not let me down. I love how we learn even more about the characters in this book. the narrator isn't my favorite but the book is so good it doesn't matter. I highly recommend

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I want to like this story, but...

This is the second book in the series but the characters are the same characters as we met in the first book. What I mean is, they do not evolve. There is no growth and the relationships are mostly stagnant as well. The leaders of the super groups do not inspire loyalty or reflect strength or any quality that would make them relatable. And I guess that's it for me, right there. I cannot relate to any of the characters in this book, least of all the protagonist.

The story isn't bad, but I find that without that growth of character, and evolution of relationships, without the rounding out of the full three dimensions of at least the important characters, I don't believe any of it. I can't relate to them, and ultimately spend more time hoping they will die off in the hope that they will be replaced by more interesting characters.

I can see good bones here, but like I said there's just no connection to any of the characters for me. More than that, I don't feel that the characters are connected to one another, either. They are just people who happen to all be in the same place for some reason. Like robots. It doesn't feel... real, for lack of a better word.

I think I will put this author's stories down for now and try back again in a few years.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 03-15-17

Action and Character Development

I really enjoy the writing style of Mackenzie Hunter. She crafts a well developed story that allows the listener/reader to get to the characters so that their actions are understood. This is an entertaining series and I look forward to the next book.

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  • Millsy
  • 01-08-18

Even better

I criticised the narrator for sounding like she had a blocked nose while reading the previous book, fortunately it’s no longer an issue for this narration. The book itself was really enjoyable and better than the last, I look forward to listening to the next in the series.

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  • Vicki Hurley
  • 05-18-17

Hurls Review

The storyline is buildig to something epic! Strong characters interesting plot. looking foward to reading the next book.

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