Title: Dwellers of Darkness
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Genre: New Adult fantasy/paranormal romance
Series: Darkness #3
Publication: February 27th, 2014 by Twisted Fairy Publishing
Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth's realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.
**I received a copy of Dwellers of Darkness in exchange for an honest review**
Dwellers of Darkness is book three in this series and it picks up right where book two left off. And since time passed differently for Ember and her friends, it is now three years later and many things have changed. Including Eli. When Ember last saw Eli, they shared a passionate and tender moment and seemed to finally be opening up to one another. When Ember returns, she finds Eli even more volatile than before, with a major chip on his shoulder. But, despite his distant attitude, Ember is able to find some comfort in her new dark dweller family.
Kennedy finds out the truth about her family's history and has to come to terms with the fact that nothing in her life was as it seemed. Ember and her mother have a rough go of things as they try to build a new relationship, after being separated for so long. Lily definitely has her share of secrets and I was more than anxious to have them finally be revealed. Lorcan and Samantha are still causing problems, and Eli and Ember need to quickly work out their issues if they have any hopes of working together successfully. They alternate between jumping each other's bones and biting each other's heads off. The back and forth was definitely frustrating and I hoped that they would eventually get it together and go all in.
The Seelie Queen has sent her soldiers to capture Ember at any cost. Ember also finds herself on the Unseelie King's most wanted list. He didn't take kindly to her breaking their contract. But, finally, his role in Ember's life is more defined. I had my suspicions, but things were not quite as I had expected. Of course, the search for the infamous and much needed sword of light continues and finding it proves to be a difficult journey for all involved. We find out if the dark dwellers, demons, and fairies are able to put their differences aside in order to accomplish their common goal of defeating the Seelie Queen.
Cal and Simmons are still such cute, entertaining characters! I absolutely loved them in this book just as much as the last. Seeing some of the other characters grow and come into their own was also something I enjoyed. Especially seeing Kennedy grow more confident in herself and her history, as well as learning to use her newly discovered powers. Ember is still snarky and feisty, still a really strong heroine. One of my favorites. And of course Eli is still as dreamy as ever.
This third installment in this series was just as action packed, suspenseful and fast paced as the previous books! It had me frustrated, wanting to throw my Kindle, but loving every second of it anyway. The ending was super frustrating, but the next book promises to be out of control in the best way. This series continues to be one of my absolute favorites and I'm so glad to have discovered this story and especially this amazing author. The writing is fantastic and flows perfectly, I'm in love. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves a character driven, emotional story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time!
Other books in the Darkness series:
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Darkness of Light (book #1)
Fire in the Darkness (book #2)
Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.
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