Dec 31, 2013

Forgotten In Darkness *Review*

After an unjustified two-century stint in purgatory, Scimitar Magus Dakar returns to the human realm, renewing his eons-old curse. Either he or the woman he loves must murder the other within days of meeting in each new lifetime. To break the vicious cycle, he must kill her before she strikes her deathblow, something he's never done in the past.
Archaeology grad student Shay McGinnis suffers a near-death attack in pursuit of a piece of Scimitar Magi lore. But did the magnificent warrior who pinned her to the wall injure her or the daemon he fought? In her search for answers, she draws the attention of both an ancient evil sorcerer and the warrior Dakar. The attraction between her and Dakar is instant, and for Shay confusing. She wants to be with him, but intuition equates him with death. Not random death. Hers. 

Will this be the lifetime they break the curse before they are murdered by an age-old enemy or worse kill each other yet again?

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

For two centuries Scimitar Magus Dakar has toiled in the treacherous Middle Realm battling daemons. 
When the Gods pull Dakar back into the real world, he knows it’s only a matter of time before the curse that has plagued him across time restarts. The curse, to find his reincarnated soul-mate, fall madly in love/lust, and then have one kill the other within two weeks of their first meeting.

Archeology student Shay has turned the childhood stories of the Scimitar Magi, immortal warriors for the Egyptian Gods, which her mother used to tell her into her PhD thesis. In a desperate attempt to confirm their existence and make her thesis legit, Shay travels to a church in South America. What she finds instead is a flesh and blood Magus mid battle with a very nasty daemon. When that Magus turns his attention to Shay, the familiarity he radiates is anything but comforting.

“He still didn’t meet her gaze. Nor did he make any effort to explain why she remained immobilized between him and the wall. His profiled lips thinned. Situation status: Deep shit.”

Will Dakar be able to jog Shay’s memories of their lives together without ending up dead by her hands?  Can the existing Magi brotherhood convince Dakar to rejoin their ranks and serve out his purpose in the protection of the Gods? Will the evil Djoser come to power and claim Shay for his queen?

Straight up, if you are not a solid paranormal fan you may find this a challenging read. Author Zoe Forward throws lore fast and furious including some terms that if you don’t review the glossary at the end of the story before jumping in, you may find yourself scratching your head. Hashishin, akhrian, 
bochnori, seichim, sesen… these are just a few terms that made me pause and recheck the glossary.

“Djoser wanted what he always sought when in the Human Realm – the Trifecta: the Necherophes wesekh, Anukarati amulet, and the sword of Neith. Three items each with unique qualities that, if brought together and wielded by one user, would grant him power equal only to the gods.”

That said, I am a paranormal fan girl and once I locked down the glossary and found my groove with the story I really started to enjoy it. The concept of a tragic couple toyed with by the Gods, forced to fall in love only to have kill each other than reincarnate and repeat the cycle over hundreds and thousands 

of years – it’s actually pretty cool. The author jumps straight into action sequences on page one and does not let up for the entire read. The contrast between Dakar’s ancient warrior and Shay’s modern independent woman make them great foils. There are teams of interesting secondary characters from Dakar’s fellow Magi, to a demonic reincarnated pharaohs, mercenaries for hire, and more. All in all I really enjoyed checking this story out and think other paranormal fans would have fun with it too. 

Forgotten In Darkness is a follow-up to Dawn of a Dark Knight, which is the story of Prime Magus Ashor and doctor/healer Kira. Though Forgotten in Darkness can be read as a stand-alone story, I think I would have appreciated checking out Dawn of a Dark Knight first. I will be picking that story up and I’ll be on the lookout for any follow-up Scimitar Magus books.

Happy reading.

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