Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Darkness Rising - Sequel to Between Light and Dark
Author: Elissa Wilds
Publisher: Love Spell
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Contemporary Florida, Wisconsin, and the Light Realm
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Elissa's Website: elissawilds.com
Mobius, a light god and Director of the Divine Council, travels from the Light Realm to Earth and takes human form, because he must aid Aurora, the Earth Balancer, in her fight against the Umbrae, an evil which is trying to take over the Earth. Because the Umbrae are infecting humans, it is causing some of the gods and goddesses of the Light Realm to fall ill. Mobius must find a way to stop the Umbrae and save the Earth and his Realm, as well. Aurora, who is part gray goddess and part witch, has been chosen to fight for her ability to neutralize the Umbrae, but the evil seems to be slowly infecting her. Aurora needs Mobius' help to fight off that evil. Unfortunately, Mobius is conflicted, because he believes that Aurora is his reincarnated true love, and it seems impossible for them to be together.
Darkness Rising is an enjoyable, paranormal romance with interesting characters and unique world-building. This book has a battle of good versus evil, but everything isn't black and white-- sometimes the lines are blurred into gray. Mobius is a light god with many issues, that cause him to be brooding. While I understand Mobius' hesitancy to tell Aurora the truth, I wish that he had come clean sooner. Aurora is a strong heroine, who has a bit of a chip on her shoulder and doubts that she will ever have a long-term relationship, because of her mission. While the world contained in DARKNESS RISING is interesting, I feel that I may have benefited by reading the previous work.
All in all, Darkness Rising is an entertaining, paranormal romance, which I recommend.
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