Series: Darkness Rising #3
Published by Atom on April, 2013
Genres: Werewolves / Shifters
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Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the St. Clouds and a rival Cabal, theyâ€™re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, itâ€™s not like they can just go to the authorities for help.
All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why theyâ€™re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting out of control.
But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, sheâ€™ll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya canâ€™t keep running forever.
The Rising was a disappointment. Having liked â€“ but not been completely head over heels for – the rest of the series, I was hoping that the finale would really make Kelley Armstrongâ€™s Darkness Rising series a memorable one. Unfortunately the plot dragged, the relationships changed and I didnâ€™t feel like anything got a pleasing conclusion. Spoilers in the full review.
Â “Just my luck. Finally meet my twin brother and, turns out, he’s an ass.â€
My main problem with The Rising was that it felt like nothing happened. Iâ€™ve seen other readers complain about this series and how it doesnâ€™t feel like anythingâ€™s actually happening â€“ or that Kelley Armstrong didnâ€™t really have enough material for a trilogy. While I could understand that notion with the previous two books, they had been so enjoyable and fast-paced that I didnâ€™t find it in me much to care. With The Rising, however, it was clear that it was too little too late where plot was concerned. It was slow, even though a lot of plotlines had to be wrapped up in the 400-or-so pages.
New characters, such as Mayaâ€™s brother Ash, were introduced and I canâ€™t stress how much I hate when useless characters that contribute nothing to the plot are brought in to a series on the final book. Ash in particular was quite two-dimensional with the limited time and although we â€˜learntâ€™ a lot about him, I didnâ€™t feel like he became real on the page. What was his point other than for Maya to finally meet her â€˜long lost twinâ€™? Ash never really felt part of the gang, nor did he grow on me.
As for the Project Genesis kids, they were quite â€˜mehâ€™ apart from Chloe. Yes, they had more reason to be within The Rising than Ash did, but once again I just couldnâ€™t get behind the new introductions. I felt like Kelley Armstrong did such a great job fleshing out her characters after the long trial in The Calling â€“ and for her not to use characters such as Sam and Hayley more was something I didnâ€™t understand.
Â â€œI love you. I’m not sure if it’s the way you want me to. I think it might be. But I know that I love you. I absolutely love you.â€
While I was never a big fan of the Maya/Rafe relationship, I wasnâ€™t pleased with how it was so easily pushed aside in favour of Maya/Daniel. Yes, I had been hoping that Maya and Daniel would get togetherâ€¦ but for Maya to only realise her feelings for Daniel in a time of crisis â€“ after someone had mentioned he was in love with her â€“ felt a little contrived. Skip eight months into the future with the epilogue and Maya simply bats away her previous â€˜loveâ€™ for Rafe as a silly crush under extreme circumstances – I wish that so much emphasis hadnâ€™t been placed on it for three books if that was the case. Although I got my victory with Maya/Daniel, I wasnâ€™t able to revel in it.
The ending itself left a lot to be desired. How different was Badger Lake to Salmon Creek? The gang seemed to end up back where they started, with the only bonus being a bit of power of negotiation. Maya stated that they would use everything they were offered in order to get stronger, better and become better soldiers â€“ then they would finally be free of the Cabals once and for all. Fair enough, but I want to see that storyâ€¦ why wasnâ€™t that the series we got instead?
Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ Iâ€™m glad I finally finished this series after many years of it being on my TBR pile. I just wish things had been steered in a very different direction and not felt so disjoined and pointless at times. There were some great characters and aspects hidden within this series, but unfortunately I donâ€™t think they ever reached their full potential.