A MelanieM Review:Where the Night Reigns by Emilie Lucadamo

Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

The barrier between worlds has shattered. Demons wreak havoc across Earth; the dead are rising from their graves; psychics and witches are vanishing without a trace. The fate of the world rests in the hands of the enigmatic Tresser Corporation, a company of demon soldiers… and a kindergarten teacher.

In other words, humanity’s odds aren’t looking great.

When hunter, David Tresser, pairs up with a High Demon, he knows he’s in over his head. Of course, there are worse positions to be in, like Henry, whose girlfriend hasn’t been seen since the demonic attacks began, or the psychic Cassandra, who has become a target of those very demons herself. As this motley crew teams up, trust is slow to be gained…but they really have no choice when the world around them is falling apart at the seams. In the midst of it all, Tresser finds himself curiously drawn to the demon he’s not even sure he can trust.

After an exorcism gone terribly wrong, the team is left with no choice. To save their worlds, and themselves, they’ll have to travel into the darkest part of Hell: the Pits of Gehenna, from which no one has ever returned.

To defeat the odds and preserve humanity, they’ll all have to work together.

This was one of those books where I definitely needed to pay closer attention to the author’s notes and tour warnings.  Usually I’m better at that.  But in this case I missed several important flags.  One the title has two formats, I only saw one.  It’s the second I wish I’d seen and paid attention too.  The one that indicated that it was the last story in a trilogy.  As in Where the Night Reigns (In the Darkness Book 3).  The other flag?  Please note that the story contains a death of a major character.

Nope missed that.

Because honestly, I would not have read this story.

And it all starts off so promisingly.  Even without knowing about any other novels (remember I didn’t know this was a trilogy),Emilie Lucadamo sets the universe and premise for the story and then dives right in.  It doesn’t take long to start connecting emotionally to the characters, especially as they start to form this odd band of fighters/family up against incredible odds sort of thing… about to ride into Hell itself.  I mean … there’s humor, pathos, and great fantastical action scenes.

And even some of our fav characters start to pair up, ridiculously, wonderfully so as we get to know them better and our brave and supernatural Scooby gang prepare to save everyone in the world even as the odds rise up against them.  I mean the author has done a mean job of getting us to the point that we are engaged with the story and all the characters.  The huge world ending battle comes and it doesn’t disappoint.  Because with what happens to everyone …well, these are special beings with otherworldly gifts…and scenarios that could happen.

Until the epilogue.  Which you just don’t believe.

It sent me searching for other stories and reviews.  Which is how I found out this was in fact the series finale, the third story of a trilogy.  There won’t be any sequel, no hoped for change. This is it.  Huh.  How depressing.  And no won’t be reading the other stories either.  What’s the point?

I know there are fans out there for this type of bittersweet sort of storytelling.  I’m just not one of them. If you are, then yes, I believe you will like Where the Night Reigns (In the Darkness Book 3) by Emilie Lucadamo, all three stories.  The characters in the preceding novels get their resolutions here.  So obviously their stories were cliffhangers.  Just a FYI.  If it hadn’t been for that ending, I probably would have rated it higher.  But that ending still rings in my mind so no.  Not happening.  I’m just not that sort of ending gal.

Cover art: Natasha Snow.  Dark and murky.  Turns out it perfect after all.

Sales Links:  NineStar Press | Amazon

Book Details:ebook, 229 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 20191 by NineStar Press
Edition Language English


By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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