Sunday, January 6, 2013

When Forever Died by Mia Darien review

Forever is a long time.

The life of a hunter is a lonely one. Perhaps more for Dakota than others in her line of work. Not only is she better than anyone else at chasing down the things that go bump in the night, but her past chases her with the same tenacity.

She's built walls around her solitary existence and that's the way she likes it, but the past never sleeps. When she's hired to hunt an ex-lover for murder, it's just the first in a string of memories that will bring Dakota's past, present and future into a collision course.

And when she agrees to take on a second case and hunt down an Ancient, a vampire over one thousand years old, it unleashes circumstances onto that collision that will shake the foundation of everything she's built and force her, for the first time in a long while, to look to others.

Can she survive it, like she's survived these past four centuries? Or will the weight of it all finally crush her?

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Author website: From Mia's Desk

4 stars

When Forever Died is the second book in the Adelheid series.  It primarily focuses on the hunter that was introduced in the first book, Cameron's Law, Dakota.  Even in the world that Mia has developed which has given the recently revealed supernatural beings the same rights as normal people Dakota is a rarity.  She has the ability to take multiple animal forms and can even shift into other human forms.

The best thing about the fact that Dakota is so unique and powerful is that she doesn't miraculously develop new skills that allow her to escape any situation.  That is something that I find fairly often in books and it drives me crazy.  Despite the fact that she has such a greater kind of power than most of the other preternatural citizens she is still flawed and bad things still happen to her.  Another nice aspect of this book is that it works pretty well as a standalone novel.  You can have a greater appreciation for the book if you have read Cameron's Law (and at the time of this review it's free so why wouldn't you?), but this would still be an enjoyable book if you hadn't.

The pacing of the book is done well with some occasional flashbacks to enrich the backstory of the main character.  Since she has been alive for around two thousand years there is a lot of story to cover.

Mia has done an excellent job once again of making her characters into people first and creatures with amazing powers second.  Dakota is haunted by her family past as well as a past relationship in this book and struggles to deal with both them as a normal person would.  There is a hint of romance in this book once again, but it weaves into the story without overpowering or slowing anything down.  This is one of the best paranormal series I have found this year.

2 comments:

  1. I've just got the Welcome To Adelheid book bundle based on this review - & the first page which had me grinning. Yet another Must Read author, thanks Scott! (To be fair, the short story Descent had me hooked already, but this series looks like it's hitting it out the ball park).

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  2. The series is a bit out of my normal comfort zone, but Mia really did an excellent job with it. I think you'll enjoy it Janet.

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