Fire in the Darkness
This book review contains minor spoilers!
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Series: #2 in Darkness
Audience: New Adult
Recap of the previous book
Please read the first book ‘Darkness of Light’ first! In the last book we met Ember Brycin, who makes everything explode every time she gets angry. After she causes an accident at her school, the Sheriff and her principal decide to send her to a school for troubled teens, where she meets the mysterious bad boy Eli Dragen. Besides seeing otherworldly creatures and having dreamscapes with another mysterious boy called Torin, she enjoys her new school until she has to teach a class with Eli. Before her stepdad leaves for Japan, Ember meets Eli’s dangerous brother Lorcan for the first time. When Eli and Ember share their first kiss, Eli gets hurt from touching Embers tattoo. The tattoo itself is one she had seen in a dream following her mom’s brutal murder. Eli is too shocked about the incident with the tattoo that he leaves her alone in the woods. After being slightly depressed about this whole situation with Eli, Ember moves on to the next day of school. Seeing him again stirs some anger in her and she turns into something unearthly with black eyes. Later that day Eli’s jealous to death “friend” Samantha starts a fight with Ember. To get into a better mood, because of the hot & cold relationship with Eli, Ember goes to a party in the woods with her friends Ryan, Kennedy and Ian, where Eli attends aswell. Lorcan attacks Ember in the woods after Eli leaves her alone again and she almost dies. Not only is the earth trying to heal her, but she also gets a blood donation from Eli thanks to the Doc of the compound – Owen. Ember wakes up in the compound of the Dark Dwellers – Elis Clan. Apparently the Dark Dwellers at the compound have a traitor and she gets kidnapped by Lorcan and his people. Chained in a little room, she learns that she is a Dae (Demon+Fae), who are outlawed in the Otherworld. Lorcan wants to trade her to the Seelie Queen, so the curse of the Dark Dwellers gets lifted and they can return home to the Otherworld again. When the Queen arrives at her cell, she learns that Torin is the first knight in command. The Queen wants Ember to destroy Seattle, home to the Unseelie King. To get Embers powers going the Queen uses a boy named Asim as an amplifier and Lorcan beats her until the demon in Ember is set free. Ember destroys Seattle completely, because they threaten to kill her stepfather Mark. Afterwards she is able to flee, because Torin helps her and wants her to find Lars.
It’s been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.
Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.
Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?
No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.
Plot / Storyline
After Ember destroyed Seattle and could escape the clutches of the Seelie Queen, she is constantly on the run in what’s left of the city. She is eventually rescued by the Dark Dwellers from Seelie Fae. She doesn’t spend a long time at the Dark Dwellers compound after that, but no more spoilers here 🙂
The plot was very well paced and action-packed and was in harmony with the beautiful world-building of the ‘Otherworld’. There are a lot of revelations, yet again more questions after. . Sadly we get another cliffhanger at the end, but the good news is that book three is out already.
Ember (main character)
Ember is still the independent girl from the first book. Although she is guilt-ridden about destroying Seattle and Mark being captured by the Seelie Queen, she picks herself up and keeps going. In Fire in the Darkness, Ember is put to the test whom to trust – people either want to have her as her weapon, want to trade her or have another motive which is yet to be revealed. Not only does she train her Dae powers but also her Dark Dweller side and she grows not only in power, but also in wisdom (one choice she makes is still very questionable but you will have to read for yourself).
Between the Light and Dark there was me – the Fire. Either I would light the way or burn it to ash. No pressure…
I can finally talk some more about our little Dark Dweller without giving away too many spoilers. What a pain in the ass this cocky guy has been. Full of self-confidence, yet evasive with his dark past, his character development is amazing and interesting.
Most of the characters from the previous book make an appearance and gets developed further or have atleast some role to play in furthering the plot, especially the crew of the Dark Dweller compound. We are also introduced to new characters and species from the Otherworld that had not been mentioned in the previous installment. If you think demons were only bad evil creatures you didn’t meet the ones in the Unseelie Kings mansion yet.
The romance is explosive and heartbreaking. The love triangle actually develops further and Ember warms up to Torin, because she feels like that he is the only one she can trust. Although no matter how many dreamscapes there are with Torin, Ember subconsciously makes sure that Eli is there as well.
“You’re asking for it. You do not mess with a man’s peanut butter.” – Eli
The constant banter between Ember and Eli goes up to a whole new level in this sequel and is frustrating and enjoying at the same time.
What I liked / hated the most
I forgot to point it out in the last book review, but I love West’s character! He reminds me of Cole from The Vampire Diaries.
Like in the previous book, I adore the relationship between Eli and Ember. All the tension and back and forth still makes me go crazy.
But the best additions to this book are the new characters Cal and Simmons. Those two are so adorable and they freshen up the series a little.
There’s one character I despise a lot, but I can’t say who because it’s a huge spoiler 🙁 She is a very annoying person, especially because she thinks she can decide anything even though she has NOTHING to say.
The second installment of the Darkness series was even better than the first one! You think you have everything figured out because of all the cliches, but Stacey Marie Brown executes her storyline so well, that you’ll be in for intriguing surprises and an addictive read. Fire in the Darkness is literally a fire igniting your emotions, the rollercoaster ride didn’t stop in book one, it got much worse in this; I cried, I laughed, I was mad and happy and I couldn’t put the book down – and that’s why my Rating is 5/5 🙂
On to book three!