Saturday, June 4, 2011

Review: The Darkness Beyond by Alexis Morgan

The Darkness Beyond
Paladins #8
by: Alexis Morgan
$7.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Star Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: May 2011

For months, D.J. has been taunted by a fellow hacker, one whose skills match his own.  It's all fun and games until the hacker manages to break into the Paladin database and steal classified information.  Now D.J. has to fix the problem before his boss finds out what happened.  He finds out where the hacker lives and drives out to confront them and demand the info back.  What he doesn't expect is the gorgeous woman who answers the door.

Reggie has been tracking down a mysterious hacker known only as the Knightwalker.  Too bad she found out months ago his real name is D.J., and she's been secretly taunting him since then.  But her job demands that she bring the Knightwalker down, so that's exactly what she's going to do.  While following his trail, she comes across a file filled with legends of sword-wielding men who repeatedly die to keep our world safe from invaders.  She doesn't think anything of it until D.J. shows up at her door with a message--forget everything she's learned about the Paladins or else.  She knows she should be terrified he's found her, but she can't help but feel attracted to this kindred spirit.

When Reggie is kidnapped after poking her nose where it doesn't belong, she thinks that maybe she should have listened to D.J.  Her only hope now is he'll follow the trail of clues she's left behind, and manage to reach her before it's too late.

The idea of the Paladins is new and creative, and I love the story behind the books.  Paladins keep the world safe from alien invasion, to put it bluntly.  There's another world that is separated only by a thin barrier.  The barrier is located in several caves along the major fault lines.  When the barrier goes down, Others come through, bloodthirsty and insane.  It's up to the Paladins to kill them before they make their way to the surface and start killing people.  Through some strange genetic twist, Paladins don't stay dead, but come back to life over and over. 

This is book 8 in the series, and each one paints a little more of the big picture.  Basically the Paladins don't enjoy all the killing, but that's what they're born and raised to do, so they do it.  Over the series, they realize that the Others aren't so different from us, and not all of them are crazy.  They're driven insane because their sun is dying, leaving them in perpetual twilight. 

Back to this story, I've been waiting a long time for D.J. to have his own story, and I was thrilled to see him get paired with a woman who can hold her own, not to mention give him a run for his money with hacking.  I would strongly recommend you read this series in order, though.  It makes way more sense that way.

Carla gives this book a


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