Review: The Dark Rising

Posted: August 2, 2011 by Valerie in Book Review
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When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars.  But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her.  Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him.
Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them.  Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories.
The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand.  Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires?
Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

My Thoughts:

First off, the Of Witches and Warlocks series is one of my favorite paranormal series. Lacey has a way of making you fall in love with the characters and the story. Another thing I love about the series is that although Lacey loves leaving you hanging at the end of each book, the next book picks up right where the one before it left off. So instead of rereading an entire book to remember what happened before you start the new one, the last few pages are fine.

This book had some drama along with the ordering and shipping. I periodically checked Amazon for the paperback version and once they had it listed, it said “currently unavailable” for at least two days after posting it. Once I was finally able to order it, I picked the cheaper shipping, and it turned out that the delivery date was set for the day I flew out to California. When I told Lacey the irony, she told me she would hope it arrives before I went to the airport. Usually, UPS shows up at my house around 6 or 7 PM, so I doubted that I will get it before I left. However, once we left our house to head to the airport, I saw a UPS truck at the end of my street. I KNEW my book was on that truck. But my dad did not want us to be late to the airport and miss our flight, so we did not turn around to grab the book.

This book has a special spot in my heart. Why? Because the shoulder length brown hair with rectangular glasses that Vance stalks down the alley is me! Yes, you read correctly, I am written into a few scenes with Vance and Portia. How? I was the Grand Prize Winner for the Demon Kiss Blog Tour and the prize included all four books and being written into a scene with Vance!

I was excited to read my part in the book. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but feel how stupid my character is. Bringing back-up to confront Vance? Did I really think that would work? But it was a great laugh and made me wonder if I were in that situation, what would I do. So HUGE thanks Lacey for writing me into the book and to Belinda for sponsoring the tour!

The Dark Rising has twists you do not see coming. The one downer about this book is that the once loveable Vance Mangum is no longer that loveable and goes down a path you wish he never would. But one of the twists really makes you think about what you just read. Is Vance still loveable? Or is he lost to the dark side?

Another thing I love about the series is the powers that Portia and Vance possess. Who wouldn’t love to paint their house with a simple touch of the wall? Or heal something while passing your hands over someone’s body? In The Dark Rising, Portia gets a new power that would be quite fun and could save a lot on travel expenses. Her new power could come in handy when you want to meet your favorite celebrity or any other mayhem one may think of.

I cannot wait for the fifth installment of the Of Witches and Warlocks series, Possession of Souls. Can it be February already?


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