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 more 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.
©2014 Stacey Marie Brown (P)2016 Stacey Marie Brown
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"was not my favorite installment"
Dwellers of Darkness is the third book in the young adult/new adult paranormal fantasy series by Stacey Marie Brown. They really should be read in order. It is the story of Ember Brycin who has discovered that she is part fay and part demon and has unwillingly become embroiled in a battle between Light, the Seelie, and Dark, the Unseelie.
In this installment, Ember has returned from the Otherworld with her Mum Lily, who I found to be a rather unlikeable character for a mother, and with her best friend Kennedy, who is starting to play a significant role. Ember is back with the Dark Dwellers and moody, badass Eli who is marginally annoyed with her for having vanished for three years because time moves at a different pace on earth. I have to admit the repetitive arguing - sex - arguing - sex between Ember and Eli became a tad maddening at times. But Cal and Simmon, the two pixies, added some lovely humor to the story and have become my favorite characters alongside Eli, of course. For a while, there did not seem to be much happening plot-wise, but then the pace picked up and the plot moved forward and so, thankfully, did Ember and Eli's relationship. Ember is determined to rescue her Dad and captive friends from the Seelie Queen. Together with a diverse group of friends, family, and foe, she sets off to find a sword that can kill the Queen. Due to the obvious foreshadowing, the developments at the end of the book were not as surprising as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed listening to this, but it was not my favorite installment of the series. The story continues in "Blood Beyond Darkness", which is the final part of this series, and I will definitely pick it up in the future.
Michelle Sparks continues her excellent performance of this series. She really brings these characters to life and gets all the emotion across in a wonderful manner. Her pacing is superb and she is a great fit for Ember. Excellent narration. There were no issues with the production quality.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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"WHEN IS THIS GOING TO STOP"
WHEN IS SHE GOING TO STOP MAKING STUPID CHOICES?? THE BACK & FORTH & STUPIDITY IS OK IN THE FIRST BOOK cause we are learning the dynamic of the characters! However AFTER AT LEAST HALF THE SECOND BOOK THEY SHOULD GET SMARTER & STRONGER!!
"the saga continues!"
I love this story . The narrator distinguishes each character superbly. On to book four od Darkness.
"Can't wait for the last one"
A bit predictable at times and not quite as much forward momentum with the plot as I would have hoped, I still really enjoyed the book and will absolutely finish the series.
"Frustrating beyond belief."
Ember, you should have killed Josh. I am disappointed no one caught onto him; he was so suspiciously defensive and off kilter about, oh I don't know, everything. If Eli ends up having sex with the queen in the next book, I'm going to literally scream. Writers should want to make their readers feel something, of course, but not an everlasting runaround of telling and not showing. Can I get a detail or two about all of this "tension releasing sex" since it is discussed constantly, blinding and weakening the protagonist to the point of intolerance. Everyone pisses me off in this book except the pixies. I am always going to be rallying for Ember, however, if she does not crush the queen's friggin head soon, I'm going to punch a wall. Why is every book such a cliffhanger? It's like blue balls to the mind. I adore the narrator's voice very much. I hate to say this because I like all the characters and enjoyed the last two books... but I think if I were reading and not listening to this series, I would be really disconcerted and angry after this one. I am hopeful and anxious for some resolve in the next book. PLEASE.
"good book to keep the series going."
this was the typical middle book for the series to continue. no real excitement but some plots resolved and a good lead in to the next book.
"Laughed and loved this whole series!!"
Where is book 4?? I need it now!! Dying...... I need to know what happens. I'm a big team Eli fan and can't wait to listen to book #4.
"Twists and Turns"
Where does the heart, soul, loyalties, and duty lay? One resolve turns to another demise. Can't wait for the next book.
I loved books audiobooks 1-3 and cannot wait for four. Great series, you should give it a try!
"audio version even more enrapturing"
I've already spewed my love for this book and it's series in another review but have to add that Michelle Sparks is a brilliant narrator and does justice to this enthralling story. she has great voices for rhe characters, really encaptures emotions and noises, and her cadence is perfect for drawing me fully into the tale. I could listen to her read to me, even just this book on repeat, forever! Highly recommend, even if you're audio-wary like me.
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