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Saturday 27 July 2019

Darklight On...My DarkSider Reading with Eleni Konstantine

In the last few years or so I've been trying to concentrate on reading those books in my TBR pile. I've been focusing on the series I've started (some way too long ago) but also reading releases by writers from groups I belong to. This includes the DarkSiders.

I have enjoyed delving into the worlds created by my fellow DarkSiders. I'm thrilled to say the stories have not disappointed in the least. Not all of them are spec fiction as our members write in more than one sub-genre, but they have all been of high quality.

I've read about goblins, half-demons, demons, magic, horror, vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, ghosts, space, djinn, magicians, kings, wizards, amateur detectives, guards, teenage ghost busters, princes, princesses, Druids, Romans, gargoyles, fae, angels, gods and goddesses, assassins, soldiers, zombies and more...

You can see the titles and reviews on my DarkSiders Goodreads shelf (you'll see former members on this list as well).

There are many more books on my waiting to be read, both in print and electronic forms. As the person who compiles the DarkSider News I seem to add to my To Be Read pile (faster than I can read! But it's a nice problem to have.

I'm trying to get back to the books that have been waiting patiently for so long (having chronic fatigue syndrome, my reading is not as fast as it once was) and I tend to like giving a break between books in a series. It means that I have been trying to read the older books first before starting newer series but I think I need to mix and match.

Here's a selection of my DarkSider reading focusing on speculative fiction...

Series finished 

The Anomaly - Anna Hackett
Paranormal Romance
I recently finished the fourth book in the series. This follows people with amazing paranormal abilities and those who want to exploit them. Each book focuses on a different couple. I really enjoyed the theme of second chances in Salvation. It was a nice surprise.

Myth & Magic - Nicola E. Sheridan
Paranormal Romance
A three book series magic, mayhem and mythical creatures focusing on djinn. The characters are not perfect in these books, which makes them more relatable. It's all about survival. Each book focuses on a different couple.

The Four-Sided Pentacle - Denise Rossetti
Fantasy Romance
A series following mages containing different powers that make up the Four-Sided Pentacle. The mages fight against a dark force called the Necromancer. Secondary characters feature in a couple of novellas (in between stories). Each book focuses on a different couple. Beautifully written prose with a lyrical rhythm. I also adore the covers by artist James Griffin.

Waiting on next publication

The Light Blade Kylie Griffin 
Fantasy Romance
I have read the three books released in the series but I believe there are more to come sometime in the future. I love the world-building featuring demons, humans and half-demons. It's about power, trust, suspicion, betrayal and love. Each story focuses on a different couple and furthers our knowledge about the history of this world. I have a cover crush on these books.

Midnight Reynolds - Catherine Holt (aka Amanda Ashby)
Middle Grade 
This series follows 12 year old Midnight Reynolds who finds herself being able to see spectral energy. Too bad all she wants to do is fit in. I enjoyed reading these as an adult and would have loved as to read as a tween. Waiting on the release of book 3 in September.

Series nearly finished

The Druid Chronicles - Christina Phillips 
Ancient historical erotic romance (with fantasy elements)
I'm on the final story of this series where druids fall in love with Romans and all the mayhem that goes with it. Each story can be read as  a stand-alone though there is a some information from other books. And these books are hot, hot, hot so for readers who like their books sizzling.

Shadowlands - Shona Husk 
Paranormal Romance
One more book to go in this fascinating series about men who have been cursed to the Shadowlands where they could succumb to becoming part of the goblin horde. Each book focuses on a different couple and problem (except the prequel).

Dream of Asarlai - Nicole Murphy
Paranormal Romance
The Gadda are a secret society of magical people who exist in the modern world. There are those who want to take control and change the way the exist. Each story focuses on a different couple. I've read the first two books on the series and looking for book 3 on my TBR piles - literally looking because after painting my office, the books were not put back in the same boxes they came from. Sigh.

series I'm enjoying

Dark Child - Adina West 
Urban fantasy with romantic elements
Kat has always felt different to everyone else and she discovers she's part of a secret paranormal world. The world building has a different edge with the word vampire never being uttered. It's fascinating as is the changes we see in Kat. I read this in episodic form but an omnibus of all of the episodes for each book is available also. I've only read The Awakening so far and looking forward to book 2, Covens Rising, which I have in omnibus form.


Dark Angels - Keri Arthur
Urban fantasy with romantic elements
This series follows from the Riley Genson Guardian series. Years later, Risa Jones has all grown up. She's the daughter of a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father. and can talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next. Unlike her aunt, Riley, while she's in shape and passably defend herself, she's not a warrior, though rides a killer motorbike. Characters from the previous series make an appearance and it's great to see where they have ended up. I'm up to book 3 of the series,  Darkness Devours, but that is another book hiding from me. Hopefully I can get to it soon because I have other Keri Arthur series calling me.

King Rolen's Kin -  Rowena Corey Daniells
Follows the story of King Rolen's children as they move in a world where magic is mistrusted and isolated, there is political intrigue, and betrayal lurks around every corner. Fabulous classic fantasy and the covers are so intriguing. I'm up to book 3, The Usurper.

ebook set in the same world

Currently Reading
I always try to have a DarkSider book on the go. At the moment, it's:

Who Needs Enemies - Keri Arthur
Urban Fantasy 

This is just the tip of what's on offer from our DarkSiers as we number over 70 members so there's lots of love to be shared around. Check out our website  for the list of members and see what we're up to.

You can catch up with my reading on Goodreads or on my Eleni's Library's blog.

Happy reading!
~Eleni x

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