When I got the second book in the series, I immediately had to read the first one since this is my usual way to do things. And it was certainly worth it! Dark Touch is great! I won’t do a total review, but just say a bit. Sloan is our heroine and, of course, there is something special about her that no one knows what it is. She is stopped at a light on the way home from work and is approached by a homeless guy. She hands him some money. He grabs hold of her hand and holds on. She feels pain, incredible pain. The pain increases over time and she keeps seeing this guy fleetingly as she tries to go about her days. One thing leads to another and she finally meets James, and learns that she’s the only person who’s been touched by someone like this homeless guy and lived. That’s at about 60% into the book, so there’s lots more for them to do together with bad guys and good guys before the end of book one. And it’s worth taking the journey with them. Recommended.
Now for the second book; the one I was provided with to review:
Black Rose Writing, Mar 19, 2020
Provided by pub via NetGalley
The cover of book one is stark white with black. The wings stretched full. Book two, Genesis Rising, is a dark taupe background with white lettering and the wings are a brassy gold accented with black this time. It is a much more sophisticated look and it speaks a much deeper message of what happens in this book. Of good and evil mixing. Of dark warriors with black wings lurking in the shadows and Warriors of the Guild with their gold wings shielding from above.
The story is about how Sloan and the Warriors of the Guild attempt to preserve just what it is that is special about Sloan. The element that only she carries that is the last of it on earth, Genesis. If the dark warriors manage to get her and convert her Genesis, then “the entire Milky Way could be destroyed”. The pain that Sloan had felt from the homeless guy grabbing her has spread throughout her body and it is evil. The Warriors of the Guild are helping her learn to control it and to learn to fight with it, to use it against the dark warriors when they attack.
The tension is kept high throughout this whole book as each character interacts with Sloan, good and bad. Sloan has to learn to control her body and her power as her body and what she carries changes. The characters are well-developed. Each of the Guild Warriors is an individual and some do and some don’t get along with Sloan and they wrangle and work their way around to the point that Sloan and James can be together again. Some of the wrangling gets a tiny bit tedious. They’ve put a guard on this universe for now. And what Sloan carries is protected for now. But she is still hiding so much from James, like what she really is, what she carries, and the fact that she now has wings and speaks telepathically with dark warriors and Guild Warriors beyond the universe. She has ten days to be with him and then she has to leave with the Warriors. Somehow she will have to find a way to tell him all that has happened and all that needs to happen. Recommended and waiting for Book Three!