Darkness Torn Asunder by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness #9.5
After spending 15 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Emmett Stone has no idea he’s a Paladin. When two men visit Emmett just before his release and spin a tale of energy barriers, other worlds, and crazy aliens he doesn’t believe it for a second. But as Emmett adjusts to life outside of prison he can’t deny his ability to heal quickly and the strange restlessness that comes and goes for no apparent reason. After a minor injury, Emmett meets Dr. Jana York and he’s immediately taken in by her compassion and inner strength. But Emmett’s afraid that if Jana knows about his history or odd abilities she’ll want nothing to do with him.
Darkness Torn Asunder was a brief return to the Paladin universe though most of the story stays on the fringes of the Seattle Paladins since Emmett does not initially believe Devlin and Trahern when they visit him. Unfortunately, I found this one to be fairly average and I don’t think that it really added anything to the overall series other than the introduction of two new characters, Emmett and Jana. After getting out of prison Emmett is just trying to keep his head down and move on with his life so meeting Jana is a pleasant surprise. While Emmett’s protective nature is very clear, the rest of his personality is fairly stoic and I never really felt we truly got to know who Emmett really is. As for Jana I did enjoy her and felt like she was the stronger developed character; she even reminded me of Dr. Laurel Young from the first book, Dark Protector. She sees the good in everyone and is dedicated to helping those who need it.
Because this book is shorter, Emmett and Jana’s relationship develops pretty quickly and for the most part it’s smooth sailing. But I never really understood Emmett’s worry that Jana would leave him if she found out his secrets, because he reveals them almost immediately. The first night they meet, when Emmett cuts his hand, he tells Jana that he just got out of prison (also, way to blurt that out awkwardly) and then several days later he tells her that he heals really quickly. Jana takes both these things in stride and doesn’t seem bothered by them at all so Emmett’s worry that she wouldn’t accept him seemed a little unfounded. Overall I’ve really enjoyed this series and though the last few books have not been as strong as the beginning ones I very much look forward to the spin-off series of The Paladin Strike Team.
3 out of 5 stars
Tags: Doctor | Immortal
Fifteen years after Emmett Stone was unjustly imprisoned for a brutal attack, the true aggressor came forward to tell the truth about that fatal night. Shortly before Emmett’s release from prison, he’s visited by two men who understand his strange ability to rapidly heal from anything, and why he’s driven to protect those around him. And they have a very unusual job offer for him…
When Emmett cuts his hand at work, his boss insists he go to get stitched up. To keep up the charade of normalcy, Emmett goes to the free clinic, where he meets Jana. Instantly drawn to her quiet beauty and caring nature, he vows to protect her at all costs. But will his fierce protectiveness and hidden secrets cause Jana to run?
Published by Pocket Star on August 17, 2015