Mary has felt different her whole life. She married Justin in an attempt at normalcy and when he admitted he was gay and their marriage was dissolved, all she felt was relief that she didn’t have to pretend anymore. Now the chaos in her life is coming to a head. Dropping weight she can’t afford, losing sleep because of dreams she can’t understand, and suddenly hearing voices in the wind, Mary is on the edge. To avoid a doctor’s appointment Justin insists on, she takes off for a drive, not knowing that one decision will save her life and change everything she thought she knew.
After a day filled with visions, kidnap attempts, and murder, Mary is found by Michael who starts to explain to her why she has felt different. They are from an alien race that came to Earth over 6,000 years ago in search of a criminal, The Deceiver. They are born to humans and their souls are reincarnated after death then reborn, where it takes years for them to recover their memories. Each of their members have a partner, a counterbalance to their soul that they aren’t complete without and Mary is Michael’s. But this is the first time in 900 years that Mary’s soul has been reborn as Michael has searched each life for her. Now Mary must adjust quickly to her new reality and old memories that are flooding in because she is on The Deceiver’s radar and that is the only hope Mary and Michael have of surviving this life with their souls intact.
Rising Darkness has a much different feel than Harrison’s Elder Races series. It’s dark, it’s sinister, and while it is definitely a romance, it has a very strong urban fantasy vibe. Intense and tightly woven, it drew me in from the beginning and kept me reading late. This is also a two-parter. Mary and Michael’s journey will continue in Falling Light next February. I was a little torn on what to say in this review because I can’t recommend Rising Darkness unequivocally to everyone. If you prefer the more traditional romance with the HEA tied up in a neat bow at the end, you may not love this book as much as I did. If you are looking for a unique, intense paranormal romance with strong world-building, then I’d recommend giving Rising Darkness a shot.
“You’re a miracle,” he said. “I didn’t think I knew how to feel anymore. I thought I was half dead.” He covered her mouth with his and whispered against her lips, “My miracle. My home.”
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Format: Print and digital