Dark Alpha’s Awakening (Reaper #7) by Donna Grant
Read: 1st – 4th January 2019
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
Quote from Dark Alpha’s Awakening
“At first, she [Death] grouped the Fae into Light and Dark. But the more time she spent with them, the more she realized it wasn’t so straightforward.”
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
So what’s this book about?
Dark Alpha’s Awakening is a paranormal romance novel and the seventh tale in Donna Grant’s hugely popular Reaper series – a spin off within her Dark World universe that includes; Dark King series, Dark Warrior series and Dark Sword series – featuring supernatural/mythological beings including; dark and light fae, fae Reapers (who work for Death herself), dragon shifters and magic welding druids (the mies who use light magic, dark magic users the droughs and the druid Warriors who have the powers of the old gods). These various species can be found inhabiting our world as well as in their own magical realms hidden from the knowledge of humans.
This series centres around Death (Erith) and her group of Reapers. Death is the judge and jury of the Fae world and her Reapers are the ones who carry out the executions when she’s passed sentence on those most deserving of Fae. The Reapers are mixed bunch of seven Light and Dark Fae – Baylon, Kyran, Talin, Fintan, Eoghan and their leader Cael – and each book follows the romance of one of these impressive males and the woman who brings him to his knees and claims his heart.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…
Serving Death and the Reapers has been my life for centuries. I’ve always put my duty before everything, even my yearning for Death. But now, she’s fading – our foe is bent on destroying her and he will stop at nothing until he does. Death holds the key to our survival. I will do everything in my power to stop her from disappearing. For her, I will ensure we have the best fighting chance. For her…I will cross the divide keeping us apart.
This is a full length Reaper novel.
I have only read a handful of books within Ms Grant’s Dark universe, see my reviews of Heat (Dark Kings #12) here, Dragonfire (Dark Kings #14) here, Dark Alpha’s Night (Reapers #5) here and Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Reapers #6) here. Dark Alpha’s Awakening features many of the characters from the previous books, has multiple continuing story arcs that carry on through this story and beyond as well as references to many of the past adventures of our hero Cael and his team of Reapers but Ms Grant tries to ensure her newer readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this story. Having said that, as with most long standing series, I would suggest that reading this book without having read a least a couple of the previous novellas will mean that you will miss some of the finer nuances to this story.
So, what did I like about it?
I think I can now class myself as a fan of Ms Grant’s books as I’ve read a few of them. I find her writing style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. I love the fantasy world that Ms Grant has created and that her characters are not black or white, good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits.
I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself; I wasn’t disappointed here. Erith is an amazing character and I loved learning about her history and how she found her purpose. I liked the way that all of the characters in this story were written – even the villain of the tale – none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real.
Based on the books that I’ve read so far, I realise that Ms Grant loves the romantic aspect between her lead couple to be concluded by the end of each book; I love Happy Ever After endings too. Woop! Woop!
This book isn’t just about the romance between our main couple, there are various aspects weaved together in this book and I liked that we were a fly on so many walls, getting to learn what drives the characters to do what they do while trying to piece together the mystery before Cael and Erith.
Dark Alpha’s Awakening managed to surprise me a few times, had me reaching for a tissue or two *sniff*, growling in anger and holding my breath on the edge of my seat worried what would happen next but fear not dear reader there was also plenty of banter to put a smile on my face and enough building passion to titillate anyone’s fancy. I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next, staying up late to finish just one more chapter, in other words I was gripped!
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I really loved Dark Alpha’s Awakening but here’s where I have to be completely honest and tell you why my rating was 4 stars rather than 5.
You may think I’m being mean, but it’s mainly because of how the epilogue ended. Dark Alpha’s Awakening features a few existing background story arcs that have been ongoing through the series and continues through this story and beyond and that’s OK because I feel that the current situation was concluded to my satisfaction – the girl got her man and the villain was thwarted but what I hate is life-or-death cliffhangers, hooks yes but cliffhangers like the one here, even those relating to supporting characters, is a big no-no for me!
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this novel; it was a tale that kept me reading from start to finish – I was hooked! Dark Alpha’s Awakening has everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, mystery, action, great characters, some humour, romance and a sprinkling of passion.
Due to the graphic nature of the violence and sex scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. If you enjoy paranormal romance tales with a multi-layered “against-the-clock” backstory that keeps you turning the pages from start to finish with honourable alpha heroes and heroines with plenty of gumption, lots of action alongside beautiful romance, oh and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus, then this novel is definitely one for you.
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