A Visual Fest: Review of Stacey Marie Brown’s “Dwellers of Darkness”

Posted: January 19, 2015 in Book Review

Goodreads.com Description: “Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part Demon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak. Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences. Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever. But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.”

My Thoughts:

DWELLERS OF DARKNESS is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.

Another great installment in the Darkness Series! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this ‘not so typical’ paranormal romance. Brown’s storytelling style reminds me a lot of Bertice Small, an adult romance writer. I read Small’s Skye O’Malley series years ago. I never felt like I was reading a romance novel. Instead, it was just a well-crafted, visual tale. I’m finding those same qualities in Stacey Marie Brown’s series.

We rejoin Ember after she has spent time in Otherworld. She didn’t realize that time passes differently in the land of faes. Ember has been away for four years and Eli was not happy.

Ember continues to learn about her heritage and her destiny. But, now she has to help her friend, Kennedy, realize that she’s no ordinary human. Kennedy is a Druid! Talk about plot twists!

The young Dae is dealing with a lot in this book: a more complicated relationship with Eli, knowledge of her mother’s killer, a friend turned traitor (Josh), her pre-birth bond to Torin, an uncle who just happens to be the Unseelie King, a new Demon family and restless Dark Dweller traits. And, to add just a bit more spice to the mix, Lorcan is still tormenting everyone.

Despite Ember’s impulsiveness and stubbornness, she is a very likable character. And, Eli just continues to become a more well-rounded beast. These two are like gasoline and lighter fluid to flames, but, the relationship works.

I especially appreciated the humor that the Pixies, Cal and Simmons, bring to the story. There are ‘laugh out loud’ moments throughout the book. Pixies are major practical jokers and Eli tends to be the source of all their pranks.

Part of me hates that I’m reading the final book in this series. These are characters that you enjoy and hate to leave behind. And, much like Small’s Skye O’Malley series, I see myself re-reading Brown’s series. It’s great reading–intriguing plot, great visuals! The series should be a movie!

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