Saturday, December 8, 2018

*Review* An Echo of Darkness by Kristen Banet

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: November 15, 2018
Pages: 281

Sawyer Matthews is a retired and presumed-dead assassin. Ripped from her life of shadows and secrets, she’s decided to gamble it all and accept a new chapter in her life—one that may lead to a brighter future. 

With the Amazon far behind them, Sawyer and her team have settled in for what should have been a relaxing time to themselves, in the privacy of their home. Their trust in each other has grown, and she’s finally accepted that they hold her secrets in confidence. As winter blows in over them, though, Sawyer finds herself confronted by darker thoughts. When she asks her guys for help, they jump at the opportunity to bond more deeply with her. 

Unfortunately, their plans are quickly overshadowed by a dangerous conspiracy that could spell the end of not just Sawyer and her team, but the Magi community at large. Sawyer’s identity is exposed. Her life is at risk. Politicians are dead. The thrill of danger comes crashing down on the team once again. This time, though, the threat comes from a world Sawyer knows all too well. She’s the expert, and she intends on playing the game to the very best of her ability. 

The person behind this has made a fatal mistake. 
They didn’t kill her the first time. 

*This is an Urban Fantasy reverse harem series of full length novels where the leading lady doesn’t have to choose from her romantic interests. This series will have M/M content. 
These books are rated for mature audiences, 18+ due to violence, language, and sexual themes. 
This series deals with several triggering topics including, but not limited to, suicide, child abuse, rape, and PTSD.*

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of this book that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the story makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I went into this book at least a little bit familiar with Sawyer and her gang, although I am still missing the background information from the first two books in the series as I haven't had time to read them yet. Since I had read the book immediately preceding this one, though, I felt pretty much caught up with their lives.

This story got off to a slow start, because the unit was supposed to be on a long vacation, something that they very much deserved after their hazardous trip to the Amazon. But what was supposed to be a fun night out for Sawyer and Elijah goes terribly wrong, and they are thrown right back into the action, but this time the threat is coming from a place they least expect it.

I felt like Sawyer's skills as an assassin were really able to shine through in this story and I loved how she was given a position of power in spite of the objections of others because of it. At least some of the Magi in power are able to recognize what she could bring to the table.

Overall I give An Echo of Darkness 4.6978 stars. - Katie 

Kristen Banet has a Diet Coke problem and smokes too much. She curses like a sailor (though, she used to be one, so she uses that as an excuse) and finds that many people don’t know how to handle that. She loves to read, and before finally sitting to try her hand at writing, she had your normal kind of work history. From tattoo parlors, to the U.S. Navy, and freelance illustration, she’s stumbled through her adult years and somehow, is still kicking.

She loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections—trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.

She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.

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