Release Date: August 2011
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Vampire Armageddon Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (353 pages)
Book Source: Publisher
The first seal has been broken, signaling the end of days. Fallen angels in the form of vampires are infecting humans one by one, creating an army fit for Armageddon. Of the few who survive the infection, one stands alone above all others…
For one year, Jesse Burke has been suppressing the beast within, driven by vengeance to destroy the vampiric fallen angels terrorizing New Orleans. But a war of biblical proportions is too much for one girl to handle, and she must turn to slayer Maddox deValois for training, though it threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. At the same time, the sinister demon Queen Amonate is doing everything in her power to lure Jesse into embracing the darkness inside her soul—a power play that will trap her in a deadly web of deception between the forces of good and evil…
Before this war is over, everyone will learn that hell hath no fury like a woman possessed…
Jesse Burke has been living on the streets for a year, grieving the murder of her twin and fighting the unwelcome evil within herself. Overwhelmed by her need for vengeance, she vows to destroy the vampires who’ve ruined her life. Unfortunately, all of her knowledge of the undead comes from literature and movies, she’s alone, and even a good meal to keep her strength up is hard to come by in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Maddox deValois is a Palindrome: a descendent of the angels themselves. They’ve been sent by the Enlightened One to help mankind survive the first plague of the apocalypse: vampires. Though there are two others like him to fight the demons in New Orleans, Maddox is a loner. Tired and battling his own grief, he harbors a dark secret, one that could get them all killed.
There’s so much to like about this story, it’s hard to know where to start. Darkness Descending is very much an urban fantasy novel, the battle to save humanity and the darkness that envelops the characters taking a huge share of the spotlight. Thoroughly a romance novel as well, however, the growing affection between Jesse and Maddox is given its due as well, giving the story a well-balanced feel.
Both main characters are flawed, but despite Jesse having been infected with a demon who wants her body and soul, Maddox is the one who has, in essence, embraced the darkness. She may be tainted, but he’s addicted. And they can’t stay away from each other.
Quinn also takes an interesting tack to both traditional vampire canon, as well as Christianity. Her vampires are lovely on the outside, and sexual, and compelling, but the monsters they really are makes that beauty seem all wrong. She embraces the ideas of faith and a higher being, easily interweaving the story of the fallen angels and creation into her tale, but adds a twist or two. In Darkness Descending, God is a woman. And she’s gearing up for battle with hell itself.
Being new to Ms. Quinn’s writing, I can’t compare it to any of her other works, but as the beginning of a new series, I think Darkness Descending is very good. Maddox makes a mistake that would normally put me off entirely in a romance novel, but it was the key to redeeming himself, and the realization of just how important Jesse had become to him. The ending doesn’t have me completely convinced, but the story as a whole was very well written and edgy enough for me to say that I will anxiously be awaiting the next novel.
Really enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)