After an unjustified two-century stint in purgatory, Scimitar Magus Dakar returns to the human realm, renewing his eons-old curse. Once again he must murder the woman he loves. To break the vicious cycle, he must kill her before she strikes her deathblow, something he’s never done in the past.
Archaeology grad student, Shay McGinnis, suffers a near-death attack in pursuit of a piece of Scimitar Magi lore. But did the magnificent warrior who pinned her to the wall injure her or the daemon he fought? In her search for answers, she draws the attention of both an ancient evil sorcerer and the warrior Dakar. The attraction between her and Dakar is instant, and for Shay confusing. She wants to be with him, but intuition equates him with death. Not random death. Hers.
Will this be the lifetime they break the curse before they are murdered by an age old enemy or worse kill each other yet again?
Zoe Forward lives in the South with her supportive family and an assortment of pets. She has a special love for archaeology, especially anything Egyptian. A deep part of her wishes she had a career that would have her at a dig site in a sandy country. But she is a small animal veterinarian, caring for everything from chinchillas to dogs…and there was even one hermit crab in there.
I do read an unhealthy amount of paranormal romance – and, after a while, vampires, demon hunters and shifters can all start to get a bit samey – fortunately Forgotten in Darkness gives us a whole new world to look at and introduces us to a very imaginative concept of heroes that are the descendants of the Egyptian Gods.
The romance between the two main characters was a little too overdone for my tastes, although it was very tastefully brought forward as a plot point and I couldn’t fault the prose. To be fair to the author though, this was book 2 in a series and without reading book 1 first, I perhaps missed some of the crucial build-up between them that might have explained the relationship better. Once again, Shay falls into the scatty female leads that seem to crop up time and again with paranormal romance and several times I wished I could slap some sense into her!
From a writer’s perspective, there were a lot of new terminology thrown in and I felt a little jolted every time I had to skip to the glossary at the back to figure something out. I’m not a big fan of this, as it tends to dissect the dialogue or action or even the flow of the book for the reader, leaving them feeling that that they need a text book and notes to make it through and understand everything that is going on. That said, I am well aware that when building a fantasy world for your characters a certain amount of new/ or unfamiliar words must be used to create the feeling in the reader that they are somewhere different; the classic example I can give here is Harry Potter – massive world building that transported the reader into an entirely different world and created an almost unheard of vocabulary to go with it. I mean, I think people actually now try to play Quidditch!
The front cover is nice, but doesn’t give much away. Surely a little nod to the Egyptian lore in the book would have set it apart from the millions of other books in this genre. Still, I’ve seen a hell of a lot worse!
Overall I’d give Forgotten in Darkness 4 out of 5 stars. I perhaps should have read the first book, but even though I didn’t, it was still an imaginative and enjoyable read for fans of the PR genre.