Thursday 5 November 2015

Book review - Dark Rising by Monica McGurk

Can One Person Upend a Prophecy as Old as Time?

Hope Carmichael is on the run. The only question is, from whom?

The mark on her neck has branded her as part of an ancient prophecy, the Bearer of the Key. But the Fallen Angels have misunderstood and think Hope is their long-awaited way to regain Heaven by force. Now Hope is chasing down the artifact that could open Heaven’s Gates, while seeking to destroy it before the Fallen catch up with her. Will the Triad crime ring track Hope and exact their punishment before she gets the chance? Is the ragtag band of angels surrounding her now there to protect her, or imprison her? And will Michael, the Archangel sworn to defend Heaven at all costs, be forced to deny his love for Hope and take her life, instead, so that the artifact won’t fall into enemy hands?

The epic narrative introduced in Dark Hope continues in Dark Rising as Hope crisscrosses some of the most ancient sites in Europe and plumbs the depths of history in search of the truth about the Key, herself, and love. Exploring themes of identity, fate, jealousy, trust, and forgiveness, Dark Rising’s mythological scope and moral urgency deepen as we come to understand the choices and consequences faced by a young woman determined to follow her heart and chart her own destiny.

(I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

Once again, I enjoyed the 2nd book of the Archangel Prophecies.

Dark Rising takes us to Turkey, Ireland and France. For me, it was always full of action and I love reading the description of the places and architecture of these places.

We get to read more about Hope and Michael as well as some of the other angels. I liked it when Hope and Michael are together, and hated reading the parts when they were avoiding each other.

It was also nice to get to know more about Hope's parents Mona and Don, and I loved that they got closer near the end.

Hope figured out the puzzle to the Key last time and now she figured out the puzzle to the Gate. It was devastating for her once she realised it but she kept going on and never giving up.

I'm quite happy with the ending and look forward to the next book. There was a teaser chapter at the end for the 3rd book and it got me really excited for "Dark Before Dawn", the next book in the Archangel Prophecies.

I would highly recommend this series for anyone who loves angel stories.

Goodreads link to Dark Rising

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