***THIS IS A SERIES BOOK PLEASE READ THE GATHERING FIRST***
Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.
Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the last page.
While I had issues with the first book of this series, I found that its follow up was much cleaner. This book was well thought out and depicted. The action was palpable, which is what was lacking in the first book, and I found myself feeling for the characters. Armstrong really amped it up in this book with not only drama-strings dangling back and forth between the characters and their love interests, but also in the complete differences between who you thought someone was and who they turned out to be.
I rate this book with 4 hearts. I was impressed with the detail work laid into Mya's character, in the first book you are given a carbon copy cut out piece that you're meant to know instantly is a heroine but you never see it, this time you get to feel with her. You get an in-depth sense for the characters as they struggle to deal with changes in their lives, as well as an inside knowledge of how the "bad guys" are thinking. I also was thrilled to see that she has interlaced this spin-off series with her Darkest Powers Series bringing Chloe back up on our radar and making that series a Must Read before you return to the next installment of the Darness Rising Series.
Thanks for listening to my opinion!