“Her name… is Alexandria Stone.”These are some of the last words Xavier Delacroix hears from his beloved Eleanor Black… just before she bursts into a Lycan Creature. And if this wasn’t enough to rattle Xavier’s brilliant mind, other Vampires – namely Dracula – are becoming elusive and speaking only in vague air about Xavier’s supposedly brilliant blood.
But with a human to find, Lycans to kill, and a World to protect, Xavier is not so sure what to believe anymore… or who.
Christmas present from my fiance
I’m here again with another Books and Tea read-a-long book! This month was dedicated to one of our author members, S. C. Parris, because she’s a lovely person and we like her a lot, so we all either picked up The Dark World, which is the first book in her series, or continued the series if we had read the first book already.
The Dark World is a fantasy with vampires as the main characters, and they’re not the nice sexy sparkly kind which is always nice and refreshing. They’re the type who will casually snack on their human servants if they happen to be hungry and probably won’t even feel bad about it. Really nice guys basically. They’re not the only creatures introduced in the book though. There are also Lycans (good old werewolves), elves, centaurs… Oh and dragons!
All the lore of the world is really well thought out and the characters are interesting. My personal favorites were the main character Xavier’s brother Christian (the worst casual servant snacker) and the human girl Alexandria. I was actually kinda hoping she would get more page time because I was really curious about her and the fact that she kind of decided Christian was good company despite murders happening in his room was funny. The back cover and the first chapters gave the impression that she would be more important in the first book anyway. Everything Xavier was doing was interesting too though, especially once he actually started questioning why everyone was keeping secrets from him. Bless Eleanor Black for pretty much forcing all the secrets out. I expect Xavier is in for a lot of cool stuff in the next books.
My one issue with the book was that whenever the point of view changed to another character it felt like it often took really long for me to figure out which character is in the spotlight now. It was probably meant to keep up the air of mystery in the book but since there could be multiple different point of views in one chapter and I’m slow it got a little confusing sometimes.
If you’re into darker fantasy and vampires you should definitely check The Dark World series out!
I just wanna high-five Parris a lot because she’s the same age as me and already has four books out and fifth one coming out later this year.