Book Review: Darkness Reigns by L.M. Justus


New York City is a wasteland. More than eight million people are dead or worse…infected.

After their failed attempt to stop the spread of a virus that turns people into zombie-like, human-vampire hybrids, Reed Hennessy and his ragtag crew are scrambling to stay alive. To make matters worse, the human authorities are close to proving the existence of vampires and blaming them for the disaster in New York.

Their storm of trouble is already spinning out of control when an old enemy reappears to issue a challenge–an ultimatum that will mean certain death for at least one member of Reed’s group. With their mountain of problems growing exponentially and a host of enemies closing in, they flee for their lives, desperate for a miracle. Will they survive and avoid the world’s scrutiny, or will darkness prevail?


About the Author:

Lisa Justus’ path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger. Welcome to the Darkness and Darkness Reigns are the first two books of the Darkness Trilogy, a YA paranormal (1)

These days Lisa is busy writing her next novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.


My Review:

There are two books so far in this series, and thankfully I was given both to review – you really do need to read them in order to truly appreciate the story and the characters.

Both books are well paced and gives us some interesting characters – vampires can be a little old hat these days, I’m not sure there’s much more we can do to them to make them interesting, but this series really adds to the vampire mythos, rather than just borrow from every other book.

From a writer’s perspective, it was hard for me to initially get into as the view points varied between three characters and how they were written. It’s no secret that I prefer first person narrative, I find it more emotional and much more interesting to go on a literary journey with a character as my guide. It was a gamble to switch characters and flit from 1st to 3rd person. Personally I’d have preferred one view point to keep the story linear – but that’s just my opinion.

The front covers are okay – but don’t really give the feel of the books and I’m not sure how well they’ll fare against more colourful and obvious book covers (maybe some fangs?)

Overall, I’d give both books 4 out of 5 stars, a solid supernatural read that will feed your need for vampires.

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