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The Darkest Gate (The Descent Series Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

SM Reine

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When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she’s trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural.

Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He’s enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality, and an old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise’s territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn’t the goal, but it’s a definite perk.

A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise’s loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she’s sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals—and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there’s no turning back.

Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth…

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 460 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1937733076
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  • Editeur : Red Iris Books; Édition : 1 (4 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0080RED3U
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Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It's a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and never a dull moment...... 7 juillet 2012
Par Nereid - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
These books just keep getting better, where do I start as so much is happening all the time. Elise and James are trying to enjoy their retirement but life seems to keep getting in the way. Bringing James back from the dead has caused serious repercussions and now the secret is out and Elise is in more danger than before. She is having money problems as it is hard to squeeze cash out of demon clients. Apart from that her boyfriend Anthony wants marriage and kids and a picket fence but that is so not going to happen if Elise has anything to say about it. James is spending a lot of his time with Stephanie and Elise is feeling jealous and does not understand why she is not "enough" any more and then Mr Black is back on their trail. The old saying that you should "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is true but I think this could be well and truly pushing the boundaries. The Night Hag has employed Elise because they both want the same thing or so she says but Elise is starting to wonder if that is the case. Huge Demon spiders are hunting her and her friends, huge venom dripping, scary, monstrous spiders, you can't tell I don't like them can you? Apart from all the hiding out, Someone powerful is searching for her, the question is who and why? Her enemies are trying to build a gate that will open the angel city and that can't be good. Why are her hands always kept hidden away by wearing gloves, who is the powerful deity hunting her? What is it about Elise that people either want to kill her or own her? Can't wait to find out so do yourself a favour and read this series, you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed it even more than the first book 10 août 2012
Par BookY - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This sequel to Death's Hand did not disappoint. Reine's writing style continues to grip me and not let go until the last page is read. Like the first book, it's hard to give any sort of substantive summary without giving things away. The gradual unfolding of the story is fantastic - really, the intrigue is a huge part of what kept me reading.

The whole atmosphere of the book is just so intense. The flashbacks are effective in building up to the climax, and for me, it worked well with the pacing of the story.

Things I loved: Elise's eerie relationship with the angels. The introduction of Thom (who/what IS he??) The relationship between James and Elise (strained now, but still intense). And finally -finally!- we get a real glimpse of Him (the descriptions in that chapter were absolutely amazing).

Definitely do not read this without reading book 1. It won't make any sense, and you'll lose a lot of character background.

In order:
Death's Hand (The Descent Series) (book 1)
Death's Avatar (The Descent Series) (short story - reveals events that were alluded to in book 1. Actually, I'm not sure if you're supposed to read this before or after book 1. Maybe before. But I read it after and I kinda liked learning about this full story after the fact.)
Darkest Gate (book 2)
Dark Union (The Descent Series) (another short story)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 ARGH! I wanted so much to like this one! 29 juillet 2012
Par Anna - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Let me start off by saying I dont write a lot of reviews and I tend to keep them to indie/smaller authors who dont have a ton of reviews. If Im writing one, it means I loved it, or I was really disappointed. You'll find a ton of reviews on the latest Patricia Briggs or Karen Chance, but if Im going to spend time writing something, I like to do it for an author who doesnt already have a bunch of reviews (Personally when Im looking for unknown authors, I take a long hard look at the reviews of specific things people liked or didnt like.)

After reading the first book and the prequel novella, I had fairly high expectations and I'm sad to say it failed me. By no means was this a *bad* book, my issues are more personal preferences, so take the review with a grain of salt.

I really liked the novella (Death's Avatar) and while I didnt like the first book (Death's Hand) quite as much, I feel that was really my issue that the author shouldnt be blamed for. I will say that if you havent read either yet, go for book #1 first before hitting the prequel (It goes without saying that if you try to jump into this book (#2) before #1, you'll be utterly lost). I read the prequel first because I wanted a shorter taste of the series before I spent the time on the full length novel, and I think I took a lot away from #1 by doing that. As I said, that was my fault and not the author's, so Id give Death's Hand (#1) a good 4 stars, maybe 4.5.

Back to this one :) SM Reine has set up a strong world that isnt an obvious piggyback off any more well known authors. In a review on Death's Hand, one of the people mentioned that she sometimes named the class of demon but didnt really explain how it was different. I only recall a few times, and she always explained the important ones. I kind of liked the touch of flavor brought by having Elise note a 'abne' (or whatnot) demon sitting at the bar without lingering on what that was. It's not important, she never interacts with it, it just gives you a little bit of unique. The world is very strongly established without needing an appendix at the end keeping track of terms you didnt need anyway. The demons and characters are well described without being overwhelming or repetitive and you understand their motivation without having it spelled out in excruciating detail. Also, the author works in flashes of background instead of just having the character 'think' it, in regards to personality and motivation, which I find under-utilized in some books.

Which brings me to what I didnt like. If this would have been the first book, in terms of attitude and character action, it wouldnt have bothered me as much. >>Spoilers ahead!<< The main character, Elise, has had a difficult life. From the flashes of background you get, it's clear that she was trained from a small child to be logical to the point of unfeeling, in order to keep her sanity and not burn out immediately. She has to have some way of coping with a life where everyone you know _will_ die sooner rather than later, you'll be required to make extreme sacrifices and keep going, and there will be more people that you cant save than the ones you can. In that sense, she's a little like Kate Daniels (from the "Magic Bites/Bleeds etc series). But in the first book, and more expressly the novella, she shows that as hard as she tries, sometimes emotion wins. She's close to and cares for her partner, she cares about the people she cant save, a few friends (a very few) have crept into her life and she's not as cold as she would like to be (It doesnt hurt as much when people die, after all, if you kept them at a distance). She's warming up, not a lot, but enough to make the reader care about *her*, if she lives or dies. And then in the second book, she completely regresses. She walls herself off (completely, not just "tries to") and she's cold to the point I found myself asking why the people in her life would keep coming back to be kicked in the face or ignored. In fact, this shows up in the fact that her partner, who she's lived or died by for the past 10 years, is drawing away from her. She's completely shut off from the two newer people in her life who are trying to help her, and the author cant even justify it by having them not know about the "hidden world", because they're violently and completely enmeshed in it by the end of the first book. That's where the author lost me. The standard M.O. for this character archetype is for the cracks to show in their armor as they learn that it's better to have loved and lost than to never loved at all, so to speak. And the author established that that *was* happening by the end of the first book, so to have Elise return to the cold, hard, B is.. frustrating? It kind of makes me feel like I wasted my time coming to like and respect her through her strength.

I have the third book but I think I'm going to end up skipping it. Which frustrates me even more, because I *wanted* to like the series. I looked forward to finding out more about the mysteries in Elise's background and how she'd turn out. It's even worse, for me personally, because I believe this series was a trilogy so I was only a book and a half away! I wasnt able to finish the second book, Elise had me to the point of disinterest, I found I just didnt care enough whether she lived or died to invest the interest when there are other books out there. It saddens me because, like I said at the start, I really wanted to like this book and had high hopes for it.

Anyway. My issues with the book are subjective and not technical, so perhaps people who dont mind the cold, hard, B archetype will have more patience than I. I encourage you to try it out if that's something that doesnt bother because the author certainly deserves the chance.

Pros: Excellent setting, interesting characters.
Cons: Poor character development.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Little To No Sense Here 29 juillet 2014
Par Francis W. Porretto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This series is not going well.

Elise gets less and less likable with every installment. Worse, we have the introduction of a plot motif that couldn't be more off-putting: that God and the angels are in some way enemies to be feared by humans. But wait, there's more! Humans...well, at least Elise...are capable of accessing the "ethereal dimension," of killing "immortal" angels, and of somehow binding God to serve a mortal's will! Exactly where does Mankind stand in this fictional universe? Against everyone and everything else? Enemies all around? No succor from any side? With adversaries that many and fearsome, how did Man manage to survive and rise to dominion over Earth?

The plot is beyond rational comprehension. The conception of God as a threatening figure is particularly irritating, to say nothing of the lunacy of demoting him from Supreme Being to a sort of super-angel capable of being manipulated by magical means. Only two characters show any sort of humanity: James and Betty. But as Supporting Cast, they're insufficient to give the reader anyone to bond to -- and as icing on a bitter cake, Betty gets killed and James and Elise end up at odds with one another. At least it's written competently.

What the author had in mind with these tales is utterly unclear. Someone must think well of them from all the 5-star reviews, but my ability to tolerate incoherent plot, two-dimensional characterization, the lack of an overarching set of rules for this fictional universe, and the absence of any sort of moral theme comes to an end with this volume.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 action-packed, exciting, and surprisingly human 18 juillet 2014
Par elfshanx - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Darkest Gate read much faster for me than Death's Hand, and even though it's exploding with action, the quiet human moments hit a lot harder. The time spent in James and Elise's past felt like it informed and fleshed-out this storyline even more than it did in the previous book.

*POTENTIAL SPOILERS* Especially the scene where Elise asked James why she wasn't enough for him when he had always been enough for her. I mean, I know James is just human and he had a life before Elise, but reading that felt like getting gut-punched. And poor Anthony, getting caught in the crossfire of this with no idea why he isn't enough for Elise. I guess I should feel that way about Stephanie, too, but I don't really care about her. I'm not even sure why James moved in with her unless it's to try to get back some semblance of normalcy. Stephanie seems to be wearing her bitch-pants all the time. And not the same way Elise does; with Stephanie it's more like she's just a jerk. *END OF POTENTIAL SPOILERS*
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