Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review: Beyond the Darkness by Leonard D. Hilley II

It's hard to review a second book in a series without giving away some of the details of how the first book ends, namely who lives and where they end up. I've tried to only mention two names, but if you haven't read Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, proceed with caution when it comes to reading this review. I have tried very hard to be a bit vague while also providing a review and opinion on the book.

Beyond the Darkness picks up three years after the last book ended. The survivors of the last book have moved on with their lives, finding a place for themselves within the society in which they now live. But Daniel has had a hard time adapting to this new life. He continues to look around corners and wait for the shifters to return. His friends say he's being too paranoid, but he can't help it. He feels like something is going to happen. Then he gets a call from Lucas, who has been arrested for murder. He insists his clone has come back and framed him for the crime, and he wants Daniel to help him.

While Beyond the Darkness takes place in an environment that is more modern than distopian, it is still filled with plenty of sci-fi aspects, including more shifters, and lots of action. This time, though, there's more at stake as Daniel has a family to protect.

Once again, it's hard to figure out who is good and who is bad ~ even some of the "bad" guys have some redeeming qualities and understandable reasons for doing the things they do. There's also a lot more reflection on the part of the different characters about decisions they've made and the direction of their lives. We get to know some of the characters more deeply in this novel, and now I want to know what happens to them in the third novel of the series: A Game of Pawns. Beyond the Darkness end with plenty of loose ends that will need to be tied up in that book.

If you like sci-fi novels, I highly recommend the Darkness series by Leonard D. Hilley II. This second book wasn't quite as amazing as I found the first, but I'm loving the series in general, and looking forward to reading the third book!

My Rating: 4/5

My review of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath
My interview with Leonard D. Hilley II

Read an excerpt of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath
Read an excerpt of Beyond the Darkness

This review was written based on an ebook copy of Beyond the Darkness that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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