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and never in all his centuries has Archer found a woman who captivates him Seduced By Shadows: A Novel of the Marked Souls by Jessa Slade (October 6. Vowed in Shadows (The Marked Souls Novels, Book 3) (Library Edition) to free their souls.. she literally enthralls them and firmly believes that, that is all she is.
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Oh, and there's huge danger and possibly world domination at stake should they fail. This series focuses on the perpetual battle of good and evil. Specifically, these books deal with demons seeking redemption through possessing a person and molding them to be an immortal, damned warrior. The battle has always been on a small scale, fighting the evils of some lesser demonic creatures, but within the context of these books, the balance is changing. Where the ranks of the talya, the term used to describe the warriors, have always been male, they are acquiring female talya.
Not only that, but they have the audacity to bond with a male talya and form a new weapon. One the talya don't know how to handle anymore because female talya have been gone for ages. I was really excited when I learned that this book would be looking into the dark corners of the Marked Soul's world, and take a glimpse at the rouge talya. They've been mentioned in the previous books, but you didn't see any.
I love the heroines in this series. In book one you had Sela, who despite arguing so much I wanted someone to duct tape her mouth shut, is a take charge kind of heroine. In book two, you had Jilly, who kicked ass and took names. In book three, there was Nim, who accepted her new life and motored on better than the men. I didn't know what to expect from Alyce, but I was in love with her after the first ten pages. I always love a character who owns who they are, and Alyce does that. She sees what she wants, accepts that she can be better and goes after it.
She might be my new favorite heroine of the series. Read the first fight scene, and tell me if you aren't blown away by her bad self. Sidney, for all that he steps onto the scene as the league's new Bookkeeper, is a talya fighter. The book opens with him, and you get a real punch of his dry, English sense of humor. This isn't a story comment, but the way his POV was written came off to me, as so very British.
In a lot of ways Sid follows the mold of the heroes. He has some deep, dark guilt that holds him back, which inevitably makes him who he is for the story. He runs away from the relationship, doing perhaps irreversible harm to his intended woman, and blunders around a bit. I liked Sidney, maybe because I've been wanting a bookish kind of hero, that could also slay monsters. As with all of the Marked Souls books, they deal with the ongoing battle of Heaven vs Hell. This is the first book that faces a new antagonist, so I was curious about where this was going.
I'll say, I couldn't quite decide who the big bad guy was going to ultimately be. There are henchmen, a big boss trouble maker that might make everyone miserable in the future, and a villain the talya must vanquish. Unlike the other books, Darkness Undone didn't spend a lot of time explaining the terms and background like they what transpired in the first three books. The characters are already familiar with the world, but it is difficult to pick up all the nuances after not reading the other books for so long. So, reference the glossary if you need to. There are some events that you know will happen at certain points in the story, because that's where they've happened thereabouts in the other books, so there is some predictability there.
I think that's some of the beauty of these books. They're dark and gritty, and still cling to this idea that love is a weapon. I gave Darkness Undone 4 stars, because it's a great continuation of the series. I'm excited to see where it's going to go next. You get a heroine who is different, and a hero you swoon for. Darkness Undone is book four in Jessa Slade's Marked Souls series and she works her magic once again.
Leave it to Jessa Slade to draw us in, intrigue us with her gritty urban fantasy, get us addicted to those all powerful Alpha Males, tease us with little bits of Darkness Undone, then to give us this wonderful tilt. In Darkness we Meet Sidney Westerbrook a trained observer, one who knows how to put his emotion to the side, a geek, in short a bookkeeper. From the beginning we know Sid is not your average Alpha Male we see in the Talyans, for starters, he is human. Sent from London to work as Chicago's temporary bookkeeper and just a wee bit arrogant and condescending when it comes to the Talyans..
He knows his place and is all set to take over as London's bookkeeper as soon as his father steps down. He has come to Chicago with his own agenda, he wants to observe the bonding between male and female talyans. He wants to see what causes it and what it does to the talyans and most of all he wants to figure out why it is only happening in Chicago.
For all his superiority, the Chicago team really doesn't want him there.
They know he has his own agenda and feels they are the wild cards of the talyan nation.. On Sid's first night in Chicago, he is sent to his room like the good little bookkeeper they want him to be. After all, why should they trust a bookkeeper? There last one betrayed them, embezzled from them and destroyed archives.
Add that to his obvious attitude, why ever would they want him around? Sid of course has a curious mind, sitting alone in his room is not what he came for so off he goes, wandering the streets of Chicago. Typical overly intelligent person, smart as can be but the common sense of a turnip.
I mean face it, it's like the blond who goes into the basement in the spooky house when she hears something.. Then she discovered romances and the die was cast. Though a hopeless cynic, she secretly believes the flow of the universe can be positively altered by a well-told love story. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In a war against evil, the first casualty is the human heart. The war between Good and Evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle. Now two lost souls will tip the precarious balance. Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary, he endures immortality with nothing but a body for battle and a bent for retribution.
But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing, and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman. Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can't believe her wanton ways as the ''Naughty Nymphette'' enthralled a demon -- and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn't deserve deliverance.
But the touch of this good man's hand holds an unholy allure -- and she's never been any good at resisting temptation. As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters in one last assault. But first they must put aside their doubts and disbeliefs and let their passion for each other burn through the shadows to ignite a furious power. Read more Read less. Here's how restrictions apply. I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.
Showing of 10 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Jessa Slade has been very sneaky, slowly building her overall arc until finally in Vowed in Shadows the story bursts forth like a flamethrower what you thought I would say a rose in spring? This is Urban Fantasy it needs a flamethrower!
The first two books were compelling, sneaking into your consciousness and not letting go but Vowed is not so subtle. It smashes through with Liam's Hammer. Instantly compelling, fast paced and furious! Jonah Walker had it all, a man of God, with a mission, a wonderful wife and goal.. When death came knocking he lived for his wife, unknowingly inviting in his demon. Over the next 50 years he watched her die.. Upon her death he escaped the jungles of Africa and joined the league.
A somber, rigid man holding on to his self righteousness. A shell of a man, a mockery. Not just soulless but lifeless without hope. Determined to give his demon the redemption it desires, hoping that it brings his as well.