The Darkness Below by Sherri Lackey
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The Darkness Below
by Sherri Lackey
Twenty years have passed since Keeva killed her grandfather, Delius. She drank in his powers and became the Queen of the Vrykolakes, known by the ancient Greeks as the bloodless vampires.
She and Severin have settled into some semblance of a normal life, living in rural North America with their two kids, Connor and Kaie. Their neighbors would never suspect that they are anything more than a typical family.
Aside from keeping their true identity a secret, everything seems to be going well for the small family.
Until their twelve year old daughter, Kaie, goes missing.
Are monsters ever afraid of the dark?
When Kaie awakens from a prolonged sleep, she is no longer a child, and she is no longer in familiar surroundings. In a realm where no sunlight penetrates the dark cloud layers, a place called The Forbidding awaits. Echoes of madness surround her. Something lurking in the Belows warn of her doom. Legend holds that whatever is born or brought into the Belows must remain there.
Kaie vows to find a way to return to her family, but first she must learn to face her darkest fear, if she is ever to escape from the darkness below.
“Kaie, don’t be stupid. Come back!” called Sedge.
The closer she got to the Forbidding a chill set in. It startled her. It is always hot on Subtenna despite the cloud cover. Yet, she felt an arctic blast of air as she stood before it. It wasn’t as if a wind was blowing there. It was like when you open a freezer door on a hot day and feel the cold air hit your face. The temperature changed suddenly like that.
She tentatively put her hand up, slowly moving it toward the dark swirling mass. She heard Sedge screaming something at her. She ignored him. The next thing she remembered was looking up into Sedge’s face. Ziv was standing over her too. They both looked worried.
“Can you hear me?” Sedge said. His voice sounded like he was calling to her from a long distance away, like her ears were stuffed full of marshmallows. “Kaie, can you hear me?”
She moved her head to one side and felt a sharp pain course through her back.
“Don’t move. I think you broke…something,” said Sedge.
“What happened?” Kaie said.
“You touched it. I told you to get away from it. Why did you do that? What’s wrong with you, Kaie?”
“I remember touching it. It was…tingly. What happened after that?”
“There was this bright flash of light and you were thrown up into the air and backwards. That was so stupid, Kaie. I can’t believe you touched it.” He had a sour look on his face.
“You died. Your glow disappeared for a couple of minutes, but now it’s back,” said Ziv. Her voice quivered; her face was paler than usual. There were tracks of dried tears on her cheeks.
“She’s right. You weren’t breathing when we came over to you. We thought that was the end of you, but then a minute or two later you started breathing again.”
She sat up and felt a sharp pain course through her body. Despite that, she could feel her body healing – quickly. She seemed to be healing faster than she ever had before. Curious, she stood to her feet.
“I think you should lie still for a while,” cautioned Sedge.
She ignored him and walked toward the Forbidding.
“Kaie, come back!” called Ziv.
“Kaie, what are you doing? You’re spinning my head! Don’t! No!” said Sedge.
Twenty years after her mother, Keeva, killed her great grandfather, 12 year old Kaie (it rhymes with sky!)enters the streams after an argument with her parents, in an effort to prove to her parents she is longer a child. Only, she isnt strong enough in her Banshee or Vrykolake powers to control the streams and laspes into a never ending darkness. When she awakens, she is no longer a 12 year old girl, and a fully grown adult of approx 27 years. She lands not on Earth, but in Subtenna, the Dark Elf realm and humans are nothing but slaves here. The tale follows Kaie, and those she meets along the way, in her effort to get home.
long book! took some reading even for me! I’m not filing it under paranormal, although they use terms Fae, Banshee, Elf and Wraith, it felt more sci-fi/fantasy to me, especially in Subtenna with all the trials Kaie faces. And some trials she does face! The Forbidding, The Belows and such pain and suffering at the hands of the Dark Elves, it bought tears to my eyes. We follow Kaie as she escapes one Dark Elf city, meets man eating reptiles, gets captured by another Dark Elf city, and then faces her biggest battle, as a Battle Mage for the man she loves, but cant say so. Until he dies. Then its a game changer!
I cant go much into the plot, as it might spoil it. This is, however, the SECOND in this trilogy, and I have not read that one. Much that happened in this book, is explained in this one, and I did not feel I was missing anything, other than an insight into Poppy (as she calls him!), Kaie’s great grandfather, who her mother killed, only she didnt. He is a character I would like to have heard more of. We get to hear from most of the characters at or point or other, but not so much him.
I would also have liked a bit of a dictionary type list at the end/beginning, with pronunciations of some of the words, as they are a bit weird, and I wasnt sure if I was sounding them out correctly in my head!
The epilogue gives a start to book three, and I should like to read that, to find out what happens. I will also, at some point, read the first book.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherri Lackey lives in Montana where the cold northern climate inspires her to write foreboding tales. She writes the way she cooks, and that is by using dashes of speculative fiction, a pinch of steampunk here, and a touch of urban fantasy there. She lives with her husband, Paul, in a house on a hill that she prefers to think of as an island. She has a faithful dog named Raymond, who likes to sit by her side while she writes, and a vampire cat named Penny who likes to sit on her shoulder purring or trying to nip at her neck.
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