Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: The Darkly Luminous Fight For Persephone Parker - 2nd in the Strangely Beautiful series
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Year/Setting: London, England- 1888
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Leanna's Website/Blog: www.leannareneehieber.com
When we left The Guard in The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, Percy had just proved herself to indeed be the true Prophecy. The long awaited mysterious seventh member that would help them through what is going to be the toughest job all of them have ever had to face.
Now, this book is fast paced which is good. Something is always happening and it keeps you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out if you have time for just one more page or one more chapter before you absolutely have to get up to cook supper.
The first big event is Alexi (the leader of The Guard) asking Percy to marry him. You get to start the book by attending a very beautiful wedding that only took a day to prepare. But of course after the honeymoon is when things really start to pick up.
Percy is the only member of The Guard that can hear the ghosts when they talk. The main ghost she has been hearing and talking to is Beatrice Tipton, she was the previous leader of The Guard. What Beatrice has to tell Percy is not something that Alexi is happy with. You see The Guard is on the cusp of the biggest battle they will ever have to fight, a battle with The Underworld. This battle can only be won if Percy goes into The Underworld, on her own, to obtain a key. A key that will open the floodgates of the former Guard members that Darkness, or the ruler of the Underworld has been keeping held prisoner. These former members of The Guard are also a major factor in whether the good guys or bad guys will win this final battle.
Sadly, this is the only other book about The Guard, since it was such a fantastic read. Throughout this book, you start to see things fall into place. Like romances for instance. The other members of The Guard are finally stepping up and claiming whom they have loved all of these years. This is mostly thanks to Percy, who from the very start has known whom in The Guard has been in love with whom. With a little encouraging you finally get to see the other members blossom and grow!
I, for one, loved this book and the first one. The group chemistry all throughout is a very good example on how a team should work together. Alexi and Percy's relationship is the one that I was most intrigued by. The way they came together and made it work even through the very, very tough stage they endured at the beginning with the doubt of her being the Prophecy is what a true relationship and what a real love is supposed to be like!
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