Welcome to my stop for In The Dark by Jen Colly, a unique view of the underground cities in many European capitals, we start with Paris. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read my excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of 5 iBook copies of In The Dark, The Cities Below # 1 by Jen Colly.
I’ve read several historical fiction titles that use the underground ossuaries in European cities, this is the first that incorporates the Catacombes de Paris while using them as the highlight and hidden world for a setting. Jen Colly incorporates the slightly ominous, spooky and endlessly fascinating catacombs.
A slow-growing story, most of the action is concentrated at the end, with Faith’s decisions and choices after all she has learned. She never expected a getaway vacation to Paris would result in such life-changing events. Wandering the streets, Faith is taking in the scenery, and not paying attention. When she realizes she is in trouble, she is being attacked by demons, and her fate seems set.
Enter Soren, an aged vampire who hears Faith’s cry and comes to her aid. An irresistible urge to feed comes over him and he bites her: leaving her with tons of new revelations and him with a choice, kill her or claim her in accordance with vampire law. From here, Soren claims her: treating her with deference and consideration, allowing her entrée into his world and the city of Balinese, an offshoot of the Catacombes but entirely a complete world in and of itself.
The world-building and character development is smooth and sufficient: giving plenty of information and imagery to allow readers the ability to participate and see the setting. Soren and Faith have some understandable hiccups considering everything she has learned and needs to wrap her brain around. A bit darker than one would first expect, Faith’s disassociation with her former life and her own feelings of isolation seem to push her closer to Soren, although the attraction is palpable and understandable and it keeps readers glued to the pages waiting to see if Faith has found a place and recognizes what she has.
This was a wonderfully engaging read with a slow and steady pace to an action-packed ending. Plenty of intriguing characters, situations and a relationship to get your teeth into, this story is an intriguing start to a new series.
Title: In The Dark
Author: Jen Colly
Published by: Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness.
Faith’s spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her.
When Soren hears Faith’s terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she’s a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his people...love him?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.