The Dark Storm - Dark Storm, Bk 1 Author:Kris Greene Gabriel is a New York City college kid who loves to bury his nose in books, looking up stories of long-dead cultures, lost languages, and forgotten legends. He never imagined one of those legends would come looking for him -- until a tough-talking girl named De Mona Sanchez thrusts an ancient weapon into his hands...and recruits Gabriel i... more »n a dark epic war he was born to fight.
Banished centuries ago by warrior knights, a demonic army is storming through a dimensional rift into our world. Stalkers are prowling the streets. Corpses are rising up to fight. And Gabriel -- a descendant of one of the original warriors -- has no choice but to drop his textbooks and start kicking demon butt alongside his new friend De Mona…who has a few secrets of her own. If Gabriel fails, humanity loses. If war is hell, this is hell on earth…« less
There were a lot of characters introduced in this book and it got a little dizzying when it went back and forth between them all. I figured there was a reason for all of this, so I stuck with the story. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the book, even though the author can use some "seasoning". Looking forward to the next in the series.
The first things I noticed about this book were two [obviously] minority characters on the cover and a really cool description in the back that told me the book was set in New York. All right! a fantasy set in the most etnically diverse city on the face of the Earth and the main characters are minorities? Yay! and Finally! Although I also was interested in the description, I must be honest and say I probably would have bought the book anyway.
Then I started reading it; did I like it? yes. But, my God, the copy editor of this book needs to go back to English class. The errors annoyed me so much, I started to edit the book as I was reading it. I intend to send my edited copy to St. Martins, maybe I'll get a credit for a new book [who knows?]. That aside, this is a book you have to read very carefully; there are alot of characters and alot of subplots. Magic, religion, and mythology are blended and expanded in really interesting ways and a new New York emerges from that fusion that frankly explains quite a bit about my daily commute.
The book is densely populated and you may have to go back a few times just to make sure you know who the players are, but I think ultimately the book is worth it. I have read the second book in the series and I think the series will be worth it (although, yes, sadly, I had to edit it too). I gave the book 3.5 stars because I really liked the story. I give the copy editor one (1) star, a dictionary, and a copy of Strunk and White.
**SPOILER** One main quibble I have with the book (and most books and movies in this genre) is that when friends of the hero are killed due to his circumstances -if not direct actions - he seems to feel really bad and guilty... for about two pages. Drives me out of my mind! **End**
If you like urban fantasy, and would like it even more with less romance and more adventure, try this book. Just realize the issues going in and then put them aside to enjoy the story.
DeMona Sanchez is on a mission. She wants to find the people who murdered her father and wreak vengeance. To do this, she needs to find Redfeather, the name upon her father's dying lips.
Gabriel Redfeather is a normal college kid who likes to study languages, old legends, and long dead cultures. Imagine his surprise when DeMona crashes into him in the library with an object wrapped in hemp paper.
The twisted fork (the item in the hemp paper) has foreign letters on it that only the moonlight reveals and that only Gabriel can translate. But Gabriel isn't sure what it means and convinces DeMona to go with him to seek out his grandfather, one who may be able to help them.
But before they can get to their destination, they are attacked by seekers, demons, and the fork Gabriel uses to defend himself transforms itself into a trident. The trident speaks to him in his mind, and it fills him with power and confidence.
When the legend is revealed by Gabriel's grandfather, he knows he must put his books aside and start to fight. If he fails, humanity loses. With DeMona by his side, Gabriel's about to lose his geeky persona and take on a whole new super hero complex.
THE DARK STORM is the first in a new urban fantasy series. It has great potential, as the first book is usually the world-building. The legend behind THE DARK STORM plot is fascinating. The characters are gritty with many interesting conflicts. Paranormal and urban fantasy readers will enjoy this new take on an old legend.
This book was a recommendation for Amazon based on other books I had read. Since it was a new author, I decided to give it a try.
The story was slow to get going and occasionally I had to go back and reread portions in order to get characters straight. But this was mainly because as the beginning book in a new universe, there was a lot of world building and characters being introduced and background being explained. By the time I got about half way through the book, I had become invested in the story and was eagerly awaiting to see what happened next.
I gave the book 3 stars, because I did like the story, even when it was a little slow. I am hopeful that the second and third books in the series will pick up the pace and I can up the rating. This author shows true promise, and I am willing to give her the opportunity to show me what she can do with this unique storyline.