Dark Alpha’s Awakening

Reaper, Book #7

By Donna Grant

Author’s Website:  http://www.donnagrant.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Erith aka Death has made mistakes in her life.  She regrets her past as the Mistress of War when her bloodlust caused her to destroy realms.  Since that time she is in constant fear of reverting back to that vicious creature.  And after a night with the man she’s lusted for since the moment she saw him, hundreds of years ago, one of her biggest regrets is waiting so long to be with him.  However, her most recent mistake may be her most detrimental.  Instead of killing Bran like her Reapers wanted after he killed Theo, she imprisoned him.  He escaped and now has found a way to drain her of her powers and life source.  She is slowly dying and she won’t be able to defeat Bran until they can figure out how he’s siphoning off her power and put an end to it!

Cael is over the moon to finally have Erith in his arms.  However, it all may be short-lived when his Reapers fall into one of Bran’s traps.  Cael offers himself in exchange for Neve and Talin, and Bran greedily accepts.  He tortures Cael with a poisonous magic that Cael has never seen, but causes him unimaginable pain.

Erith gathers her Reapers, embraces her Mistress of War side, and starts to form a plan to save Cael and end Bran’s reign of terror once and for all.  But will they make it in time to save him?

I’ve really struggled with all these interconnecting series for some time now.  So, I didn’t have high expectations for this book.  And, the storyline did drag quite a bit.  However, by the end, it was slightly better than the last several books have been.  That may not be a glowing endorsement, but I suppose it’s progress.

I did find it odd that they kept putting off looking for Xaneth.  They were supposedly going to look for him after the battle, but it didn’t cross Erith’s mind until three days later.  Then, she starts gathering everyone to search for him only to be distracted by another big event and nobody went looking for him.  I actually enjoyed Xaneth and I would be interested in reading his story.  This book also brought me back to Balladyn a bit.  After I wrote him off a book or two ago, Grant keeps pulling me back to him.  Hopefully he will eventually be able to find his happily ever after, even if it’s not with the one he loves currently.

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