~Review~ Into Darkness by J.T. Geissinger


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Synopsis:

In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past?but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He's determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.


5 Night Prowling Stars*****

What a fantastic finale to this series and definitely not what I expected! The story jumps ahead into the future a couple of decades where the world has been forever changed. It was a nice trick by the author because I was totally sucked into the story and wondering... What in the heck happened that everything ended up in the way it did?!?!
The twins, Hope and Honor, are now all grown up but the focus of the story is primarily on Hope who grows up not knowing who or what she is and always in hiding.
The Ikati are being hunted, captured and studied and are on the verge of extinction. Humanity is now under the rule of Sebastian Thorne who was quick to take advantage of an event that took place in the Rain Forrest at the end of book five which we come to know as the Flash. The world is much like you would envision out of a Dystopian novel. Since I am a fan of Dystopian themed books this made the story so much more engaging and interesting.
At first I didn't like that we stepped so far into the future. I wanted to know what happened in the Rain Forrest that led to the world's almost destruction. But these events are slowly revealed as the story progresses.
It was interesting seeing some of our favorite characters from previous books now decades older. And, seeing the twins find their soul mates was so touching. I "loved" their love matches. The book focuses primarily on Hope finding her soul mate Magnus with Honor's love match as kind of a side note story.
I felt like this book was some of Geissinger's best writing in the series... the emotions were so real and I was definitely fully engaged in the story from beginning to end. She definitely gave this last installment her all and it showed.
I'm so sad to see this series ending... I've loved it from the first. But, it's also nice to have closure for a few of my favorite Night Prowler characters. And, the good news is that it is quite open for future books if the author really wanted to pick up with the series again. But, for now, I think the story wrapped up in a good place.
I'm not going to say anything too specific about the plot because part of the excitement of this book is wondering who survived the war and I don't want to ruin that for anyone else. But, I think fans of this series will be pleased with how it ended. Well, at least "this" fan was pleased...
Can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us in the future! But, for now... Bon Voyage!!

ARC provided by Montlake Romance Publishing


EXCERPT
 
Don’t.”
 
It was all he said, but Lu felt the pathos behind it, the years and years of suffering and self-hatred. She felt it, and her heart wept for him, for whatever burden he carried, and wouldn’t share.
“Please let me touch you,” she begged.
The fury in his eyes was matched in his voice, though he kept it low. “You’ve touched me more than any other living thing in the last twenty years. That should be enough.”
Was he talking about physically touching, or something else? She couldn’t tell. She didn’t care. “It’s not enough, Magnus. I want more. I want more of you.”
Her words affected him. His eyes flashed, the hand around her wrist began to shake. He said hoarsely, “Why would you want me? I’ve got half a face!”
“That doesn’t make you half a man!”
He loomed over her, pressing her back against the bed, capturing her other wrist now and pinning both over her head against the pillow. He was angry and his anger was shaking him, sending tremors through his chest and arms, flooding his face and neck with color.
“You don’t know what you’re saying! You have no idea what kind of man I am, or the things I’ve done, or the things I’m capable of! You don’t know anything about me at all!”
He made a sound that was part growl, part wretched cry, his teeth bared, his eyes wild. He looked for a moment like an animal, and Lu remembered that Morgan had wisely advised her how to treat a wild animal: Gently.
So as gently as she could, Lu told him the truth.
She looked deep into his eyes and said, “I know that underneath all your sharp bristles, you’re kind, loyal, and honorable. You’re smart, and capable, and there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to protect the colony, including sacrificing your own life. So that makes you selfless, and the most courageous person I’ve ever known. And I know that even though you’re all these wonderful things, you don’t think you deserve even the smallest happiness. You punish yourself as much as you can, you deny yourself any kind of pleasure, even smiling, and whatever it was that happened to make you that way, you can’t forgive yourself. Or you won’t. Either way, you hate yourself, Magnus. And knowing that breaks my heart.”
His expression was stunned; his eyes registered the depth of his anguish. He turned his face away and moved as if to withdraw, his grip loosening on her wrists, but Lu reached out and gently placed her hands on either side of his face, turning him back to her and holding him there.
 “I won’t bring it up again. Not because I don’t want to know, but because it’s obvious you don’t want to talk about it, and I don’t want to have anything to do with giving you more pain than you already have.” Her voice grew smaller. “And I won’t say this again either, but you should know that I think you’re beautiful, Magnus. I’ve always thought you were the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”
Look at me! I’m not beautiful!” he hissed, his voice strangled, his body frozen above her.
“You are to me.”
About the Author

J.T. Geissinger is an award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance featuring dark and twisted plots, kick-ass heroines, and alpha heroes whose hearts are even bigger than their muscles. Her debut fantasy romance Shadow’s Edge was a #1 bestseller on Amazon US and UK and won the Prism award for Best First Book. Her follow-up novel, Edge of Oblivion, was a RITA Award finalist for Paranormal Romance from the Romance Writers of America, and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.

She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

 

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