"An interesting addtion to the Crimson series"
Claudia Donavan is a human woman just trying to survive in
the Crimson City. Life is chaotic enough, but with demons
infiltrating the police force, no one can be trusted. When
her daughter is kidnapped, Claudia goes after her and finds
herself thrust into the demon world of Orcus. Her only
ally, Tiberiu Korzha cannot be trusted and isn't very
popular amongst the vampire - his own kind.
Carolyn Jewel has written a very interesting novel built on
the determination of what a mother would go through for the
love of her child. Claudia, like the rest of the humans on
the police force from Crimson City, is way out of her
element; plus she is getting used by the demons and doesn't
know it yet.
What surprised me the most about this story is that the
pace was not as frantic as I expected. Claudia is very
afraid of what is happening and what will happen to her
daughter if she doesn't rescue her; but, even though she
and Tiberiu are running for their lives and trying to
escape the demons while on Orcus the pace of the book was
very slow. Because the events transpiring and the pace of
the book were at odds it was a struggle for me to continue
reading the middle of the book.
What I did really like about A DARKER CRIMSON is that you
do get to see the "enemy" - the demons from Orcus. I really
liked this because while the humans are fighting to survive
on Earth, they are doing the same on Orcus. You have
innocent lives on both sides just like you have the extreme
radicals that want to infiltrate the other world to destroy
it. Reading this book is almost like getting to see the
fight for survival from the eyes of the other camp, even
though both Claudia and Tiberiu are from Earth.
Something else I think is note worthy about A DARKER
CRIMSON that may be a deterrent for some readers: Carolyn
is forcibly taken as a mate by one of the demons. While he
seduces her, it is still against her will. I mention this
only because I've heard so many readers not wanting to read
this type of story. The demon is a main character in
Claudia's life and serves as both a protagonist and an
antagonist which I also found very interesting about this
All in all, this is a very unique addition to the multi-
author Crimson series as it has plenty of its own merits to
offer. I kind of look at A DARKER CRIMSON like a classic
novel: a struggle to read but overall, a good book.
Posted July 20, 2006
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 3, 2006