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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Book Review: Dark Illusions (Relic Keeper Book 2) by D.D. Miers

Dark Illusions (Relic Keeper Book 2)
by D.D. Miers
July 12, 2018
189 pages
They say a war brews in the unseen world—and I’m the only one who can stop it.

Eight weeks ago, a woman sacrificed herself for me. She believed with such certainty I would save this world, she used the last of her powers to protect me. But not everyone shares her conviction. The Council has turned to devious methods to force out my magic, and as nightmarish visions fill my head, I’m no longer sure I can trust myself.

Attacks from the Necros grow bolder every day. To keep me hidden, the fiercely irresistible sorcerer at my side will take me to his underworld, a place no sane person would dare to follow. But the whispers stalk me everywhere . . . hunting me, wanting me. And the more I run, the more I realize safety may be just another dark illusion.

Dark Illusions, the second book in D.D. Miers’ Relic Keeper Series, is a new, edgy, urban fantasy sizzling with tension. Readers who like The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, The Elemental Series, and The Baine Chronicles will fall in love with Miers’ paranormal universe and those fighting to defend it.

Abby Davenport is the supposed saviour of the human and magical realms. But with no magic to speak of, and no real plan, she’s forced to rely on the training and protection of her newfound friends. Further complicating matters is Abby’s mystical soul-mate connection to dark Lord Kieron Blake, an immensely powerful figure in the magical First Realm. Kieron is surly and enigmatic, and as much as Abby would like to slap his darkly handsome face, she is undeniably drawn to him.

I devoured this book in a single day. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and tantalizing romantic tension. Abby begins to come into her own in this installment and tries to gain control of her own fate so she may actively fulfill her destiny. Much of what I read in the first book came back, but my reading experience was disjointed, to say the least.

My journey with the Relic Keeper series began in 2015 with book one, Dark Summoner. My impressions of Dark Summoner were mixed; I had a hard time initially connecting with the plot and characters. In the end, I was hooked. Miers did an excellent job building tension and interest during the second half of the first installment. I was anxious to dive into book two. For years I waited. And waited. After reading a holiday-themed anthology featuring Miers, I decided to look up an old friend. Lo and behold book two was finally out, and available, on Kindle Unlimited.

I am looking forward to book three, but probably shouldn’t hold my breath. Unfortunately, I was left wholly unsatisfied at the end of book two simply because I want more. I understand the creative process well, however, it’s beyond frustrating when a series you love is forever on the back burner. A note at the end of Dark Illusions promises two further installments in 2018. Sigh. As an impatient reader, I’m forced to wait.

Review: Dark Summoner (Relic Keeper #1) 

Four frustrated sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
D.D. Miers is an ardent book lover, coffee enthusiast, and die-hard romance fan. When she's not writing, she can be found snuggling on the couch with a good book in hand, planning a Harry Potter themed party, or dancing very badly to music. She currently resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, a crazy toddler, and the many different characters in her head.

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