Darkness on Fire by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness #9
Kalith Jora b’Larth knows it’s a huge risk to contact the Paladins but she has no choice — someone is messing with the barrier in Yellowstone and they could bring the whole thing down if they’re not careful. When Penn Sebastian shows up, Jora is surprised to find he’s nothing like the stories her parents told her about Paladins. Penn has struggled ever since an injury to his sword hand took him out of commission and he finally feels like this mission is a chance to prove he’s still a Paladin. We’ve seen a lot of growth in Penn over the course of this series so I was happy to see him get his own story in Darkness on Fire.
After being injured, Penn was filled with anger and aggression and this wasn’t helped when his sister gets involved with a Kalith warrior (In Darkness Reborn). A lot of Penn’s progress happens prior to this book so he’s mostly settled by the time he meets Jora though he’s still reconciling his worth has a Paladin. I liked both Penn and Jora and felt they had pretty good chemistry though most of it’s based on insta-love. Jora comes across as very sweet and innocent but she also clearly has a backbone so I liked that about her character. Things move quickly through the book but overall it’s a shorter read then prior books in the series.
I’m not sure if I’m getting fatigued on the series but I feel that the later books just aren’t as good as the earlier ones. While the world is still growing and developing the Paladins themselves are getting a bit two dimensional. I would have loved more on Penn’s history to really bring him to life; we get more with Jora but it’s still pretty surface level.
3 out of 5 stars
Tags: Forbidden Love | Immortal | Injury | Scientist
When Kalith geologist Jora b’Larth notices strange seismic activity occurring around the underground energy barrier in Yellowstone National Park, she realizes someone otherworldly has been siphoning off energy. Keeping her identity under wraps, she reaches out to the enemy Paladins for help. When Paladin Penn Sebastian shows up, ready to investigate her allegations, Jora is unexpectedly attracted by his handsome face and intense blue eyes. And as they work together to solve the rift between their two worlds, something surprising happens: the two sworn enemies begin to fall in love.
Published by Pocket Books on September 13, 2011