Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
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Can One Person Upend a Prophecy as Old as Time?
Hope Carmichael is on the run. The only question is, from whom?
The mark on her neck has branded her as part of an ancient prophecy, the Bearer of the Key. But the Fallen Angels have misunderstood and think Hope is their long-awaited way to regain Heaven by force. Now Hope is chasing down the artifact that could open Heaven’s Gates, while seeking to destroy it before the Fallen catch up with her. Will the Triad crime ring track Hope and exact their punishment before she gets the chance? Is the ragtag band of angels surrounding her now there to protect her, or imprison her? And will Michael, the Archangel sworn to defend Heaven at all costs, be forced to deny his love for Hope and take her life, instead, so that the artifact won’t fall into enemy hands?
The epic narrative introduced in Dark Hope continues in Dark Rising as Hope crisscrosses some of the most ancient sites in Europe and plumbs the depths of history in search of the truth about the Key, herself, and love. Exploring themes of identity, fate, jealousy, trust, and forgiveness, Dark Rising’s mythological scope and moral urgency deepen as we come to understand the choices and consequences faced by a young woman determined to follow her heart and chart her own destiny.
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This is the second installment in the series. I read the first one, but it has been quite awhile so I did feel slightly lost at some points. Parts would confuse me because I couldn’t remember all of the details of the first story, but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.
I would say the first third of the book was confusion for me – trying to remember from the first book, remember Hope’s past, why they were doing what they were doing. The next third of the book was following the journey and the last third of the book was edge of your seat tension.
I have to admit that some of the story line was “not for me” but I was still able to follow along and enjoy the book. There were a few twists that I wasn’t expecting and I cannot wait to read the third installment to see what becomes from where Dark Rising ended.
About the Author
Monica McGurk loves nothing better than to craft thought-provoking, multilayered stories, showcasing strong girls and women overcoming big challenges.
Already a fan favorite, she received the 2013 TwiFic Fandom Undiscovered Gem award for Morning Star, her alternate ending to the Twilight series, written before the release of Breaking Dawn.
Her first novel in The Archangel Prophecies trilogy, Dark Hope, was published in 2014. Dark Rising is the second novel in this series. The final installment, Dark Before Dawn, is expected in 2016.