Monday, August 20, 2012

Descendant of Darkness

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Author:   Melanie Nowak        
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
My Rating: 4
Pages: 446

The saga continues...

Heartbroken and soul searching, the vampire Cain believes he has finally found his purpose. He is mentoring Allie, who is grudgingly coming to terms with the fact that she is unique among vampires... The United One. Together with Allie's husband Mattie, they are working to discover her powers, when the vampiress Sindy returns with some new tricks of her own.

Ben and Felicity have tried to leave their past involvements with vampires behind them, settling into human life together, despite having to deal with Ben's vampire hunting father - but is mundane love strong enough to supersede the supernatural?

The vampire Elric has sabotaged his master's plans to control The United One more times than for which he can expect to safely escape the consequences. Coven Master Arif knows what he wants, and the guiding forces behind his plan know how to help him get it... If Elric rebels, he could lose his love, but thwart disaster for the human race. Is staying true to the coven in order to save his love, worth the price the world will pay?

When you are descended from darkness, is it still possible to reach for the light? In times of peace, prepare for war.

I could rant on and on about how I HATE waiting on books to be released, but you've already heard that...

I started reading this series late November 2010.  At that time 3 of the books were out and I zipped right through them and even got to read the 4th that had just come out.  Due to personal stuff in the author's life, the publishing of this book was set back MANY times.  I was hesitant to read it not knowing when the next one would be out. but as always I caved.  I missed Cain too much to wait any longer!

He is a tortured soul that has been "alive" close to 400 years.  His goal in the "afterlife" is to help other vampires learn a civil way to lead their life without harm to others.  After making the decision to leave the love of his life, Felicity, so that she could have a chance at a normal human life, he suffers daily.  He knows that he made the right decision, but it is painful for him.  He spends his days mentoring Allie and her new found powers.  I still hold out hope for Felicity and Cain. 

She is moving on with her life.  Cain is often on her thoughts,but she is sure that he has forgotten all about her by now.  Ben and Felicity are still together and hope for something more some day.  She has graduated college and is now an elementary school teacher and Ben is in law school. 

The United One.  Cain has figured out that Allie is the only one of her kind and is VERY special.  She has the abilities of all the vampire breeds, but she has to figure them out and control them.  She has been living off of animal blood alone and has no thoughts to change that until a certain someone enters their lives again and starts telling her of all the benefits of human blood.

He is soft spoken as always and stands behind Allie 100%.  He starts feeling left out and doesn't know what to say.  With the help of Allie he finds his hidden ability that he had no clue that he had.  He is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in.

In and out of every one's lives.  She returns for a great while for what seems like harmless companionship, but that is not what she is known for.  Does she have a hidden agenda?  Cain finally warms up to her and they begin to build a relationship. But is it over before it even began?

He is still in denial about Allie and will not let her be part of his life.  He is in law school during a portion of the book, then graduates and joins a firm.  He has Felicity and is happy, until vampires start showing up again and catch him off guard.

Overall Thoughts
I really liked this book.  I will have to say that I am not 100% thrilled with how somethings are turning out (Hence the 4 instead of 5). I will just have to wait for the next book to see if things shift back the way that I hope for.  There is a lot of detail in this book that was missing in the others.  It is also a lot longer.  Allie is quickly becoming one of my favorites, I look forward to reading more of her story.  I hope that Cain can find happiness.  The ending of the book with Arif discussion how to lead Allie to join their coven was disturbing!  I hope their plans are not successful!  Since Ben had that emotional break thinking that Allie was dead, maybe he will find a way to let her be part of his life again.  I will be anxiously waiting for the next book! 


  1. Thank you so much for this thoughtful review! I'm really glad that you are enjoying the series!
    I know there was a long wait between books (an unavoidable drawback to being an Indie Author - I'm doing everything all on my own here!), but I've got some plans in the works to allow readers more time with Cain & Co sooner than expected, so they can have a quick fix of vampire venom between novels! I'll give details on my website when I can.
    Thanks for the review and for reading!

    ~ Melanie

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog Melanie! I know that the wait is unavoidable. Thanks for all the hard work that you put into your books. They are great and I would read them no matter the wait! I am excited to hear about your plans to give your readers more between books. I will be checking your site often for more information. Your welcome for the review, I love your books and sharing them with other readers!