Jan 072013

Review: Legends of Darkness

Review: Legends of DarknessLegends of Darkness (Remnants of Life #1) by Georgia L. Jones
Published by BlackWyrm Publishing on Mar 13, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Dangerous Saviors… What would you do if your life rested in the hands of something that really wanted to eat you? Come journey through the realms of the next world where everything you know about Good and Evil are put to the test.

Samantha Garrett lives and dies a good life in the human world. She awakens a new creature, Samoda, a vampire-like warrior in the army of Nuem. She is forced to realize that she has become a part of a world that humans believe to be only “Legends of Darkness.” Samoda finds her new life is entwined with the age old story of greed, love, betrayal, and vengeance.

Join our heroine as she battles not just for her own existence, but for the entire human race’s future.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a very unique take on vampires and life after dead. In the first chapter, Samantha dies and awakens as a vampire-like creature named Samoda. She can remember all of her old memories, and has a few new gifts, such as incredible speed and strength, as well as the unique ability to read thoughts.

As she travels through the new land that she finds herself in, she runs into another creature like, a male named Drake. Drake’s character seems a bit one-dimensional, almost like a cartoon as he doesn’t really seem to have a personality or thoughts beyond how much he likes Samoda and wants to mate with her for eternity. In contrast, Samoda’s character is vibrant and alive and very well developed. The story is told from her point of view, and seems very coherent.

I was a bit disappointed with the second half of the story. The battles and action happen quickly with few details. There were a few big scenes that I didn’t realize were big until after they passed because they didn’t stand out as special as I was reading. It was only after they were over that I realized they were supposed to be important.

I also found the focus of the story for the second half was more of Drake and sex than it was on the actual plot. There wasn’t a lit of details, but there was enough to be distracting.

The book ended quite neatly, with a few subtle openings left for the next book. The main storyline was wrapped up and complete though.

Overall, the first half of the story impressed me while the second half was quite disappointing. The story was overall unique, although it could have used a bit more focus on the plot and action. I’ll likely check out the next book in the series.

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