Author: Kelly Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Publication Date: April 12th 2011
Format: library e-book
As a fan of Firefly, and just about everything else Joss Whedon, I loved that this story takes place in space. Since Rico is a vampire this allows the reader to share a lot of idioms and colloquialisms that are totally foreign to the rest of the characters. It was a nice little chuckle everything Rico said something and the rest of the crew was clueless. He also speaks Spanish, which is a lost language in the year 3048, who knew? All of these little phrases and things are just nicely woven into this adventure.
Since a good part of the story takes place on a ship, you really learn about the world through the different crew members. It’s a great way to learn about this intergalactic universe and really made for some very interesting characters that I cannot wait to read about in the other books. The world building is wonderful. Having the crew in space and on different planets is really fun to read about because each place is different, especially compared to their ship.
The romance between Rico and Skylar in almost immediately intense but still manages to build as the story moves along. Partly because Skylar has a job to do and isn’t trying extremely hard not to let the lines blur. Mostly because Rico wants Skylar and he is very well known for getting what he wants from women, but there is something different about Skylar that makes him step back when he would usually charge forward. The latter keeps the story intriguing and doesn’t let the relationship between the two of them take away from the adventure they find themselves on together.
If you like the sound of an action- adventure, supernatural, sci-fi, romance then this is the book for you