I usually don’t rage against endings. I usually can see where the author is coming from. But with this one, I have to get this off my chest. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME!? This book was published 2 years ago. There is no sequel out, yet. I REALLY NEED TO KNOW THINGS. Things like–Why is Roberta important? What happens to Lucifer? What about the Earth? What about Kai and Te and all the other characters?! THERE IS ZERO RESOLUTION TO THIS BOOK. NONE. I seriously don’t even know what to think. I’ve been raving about this book while I read it, and now…I don’t even know.
That being said, I do want to say that this book is an amazing spin on mythologies, twisting Christian with fantasy and I love the way it was done. I love Terry’s version of the creation of Earth. She really delves deep into the beliefs and the myths and drags forth this amazing story entwining weres and vampires with angels and demons. It’s been an amazing journey to a world where angels are revered by all and magic is real. The creatures created by Terry to populate The City are horrifying and amazing. There are new creatures imagined mixed with standards, but all are described in amazing detail that really bring them to life.
The characters are well-written and believable. Terry’s ability to plumb the depths of the brain and coping mechanisms we employ to maintain sanity is wonderful. She really brings the characters to life and seems to have a good grasp on realistic reactions for all the circumstances. Roberta and Kai both tied for my favorite characters, their emotions and situations are engrossing, which made lack of ending all the more upsetting.
Overall, this book was amazingly well-written. I’m pretty sure I just used “amazing” at least 5 times in a 3 paragraph review, but that’s truly how I feel about Coming Darkness by Susan-Alia Terry. I’ve read so many books that fall flat, and this one does not. However, the ending is beyond upsetting in that it doesn’t exist. I like books to have at least some resolution at the end, and there was nothing to this one. I’ve stalked Terry’s website and it appears that the second book is possibly going to release soon. I will tell you my response: Thank. Fucking. God. It’s going on my “purchase immediately” list. I’ll be following her on Amazon to get the notice, for sure.
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Archangel Lucifer lives a comfortable life of self-imposed exile with his vampire lover, Kai. When the other Archangels come to him with a problem — Heaven is gone and their Father is missing — he refuses to get involved because not only is it not his problem, but it’s probably some elaborate ruse they’ve cooked up to lure him back into the fold. When he’s personally attacked, he finds that he’s wrong on both counts. There are other powerful gods at work, gods who believe the current creation is flawed and must be destroyed.
Kai is thrown off balance when Lucifer disappears, and his life begins to spiral out of control. In the past, he never cared that he was looked down upon and called Lucifer’s pet. But with Lucifer absent, he’s left to navigate a world that doesn’t respect him. Since the only true currency is respect, he must gain it the only way his enemies will understand, through blood.
They say it’s never too late to find and pursue your passion. Turns out they’re right. Although Susan loved to read, she didn’t start writing until she was in her late 40’s. A stint in grad school helped her hone her craft, and now she happily spends her days making up stories and figuring out how best to emotionally (and sometimes physically) torture her characters.