Title: Bay of Darkness
Author: S.K. Andrews
After witnessing her fiancé's murder and almost dying herself, Vivien Kelly's mission is to destroy Dagda—a Celtic God turned demon. As a supernatural dark cloud looms over the Sahara, she finds herself drawn to the Northern California town of Half Moon Bay and a new life as a paranormal cleanser. There Vivien finds Dagda's creatures tormenting the locals. Her own paranormal cleansing team—The Kelly Society— is born, and the race is on when people around her begin to die.
While banishing a banshee, Vivien meets Neal Harrington—a soul partner who can promise true happiness. But when Dagda's black vapor creates a New World of darkness, her time is up. Can Vivien abandon everyone she loves and succumb to her past life's barbaric force to defeat the demon? Her actions not only determine her future—but the future of the modern world.
Vivien Kelly’s life changes in the blink of an eye the night her fiancé is murdered. She’s lost in grief, barely surviving, when her mother’s friend, Katherine, convinces her to come to Ireland to train. Train? Train for what? Vivien is a paranormal cleanser she discovers and has great power inside her, power a great demon named Dagda wants to control for his own dark purposes. Thus, the Kelly Society is born. She and her clan fight demons, banshees and all sorts of evil entities.
While cleansing a house in Half Moon Bay, California, Vivien meets her soul partner, Neal. It couldn’t come at a worse time as she’s in the battle of her life. She’s the only thing standing in the way between Dagda and his New World of Darkness on Earth. Can she focus all her power on defeating the Celtic god turned demon or will her fear of what may happen paralyze her?
What an incredible story and one I couldn’t put down. I’m a lover of myths and legends so when the author started weaving goddesses and gods dating back thousands of years into the story, I was hooked. The characters with all their flaws and insecurities add immense depth to the story. There are times when they leap from the pages and I swear come to life just over my shoulder. The plot is filled with twists and turns, some I didn’t expect or see coming. The action scenes, while compelling, were easy to envision through intricate descriptive narration. The “big bad” I like quite a bit. He reminds me of some of the classic villains in literature. His allurement is his greatest power and he knows exactly how to get in the head of Vivien. The final battle stopped my heart and I couldn’t breathe until it was over. Brilliant!
If you’re looking for a persuasive paranormal book you won’t be able to put down, pick up Bay of Darkness today. I can’t wait for the next installment. Highly recommend!
Favorite Character/Quote: Vivian. I connected with her right away and cheered her on the whole way. She’s an underwhelming heroine in the beginning but once she unleashes her inner power, she kicks butt. Her constant inner conflict between good and evil is believable and adds genuineness to her character.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Starra Andrews grew up in Laguna Beach, California, body surfing in the Pacific Ocean, writing fantasy stories, and acting on stage. Having been influenced by the powerful scripts of Rod Serling and Richard Matheson from The Twilight Zone, she gravitated toward paranormal stories laden with hope. Writing supernatural tales became her passionate hobby, in between life in the theatre. She loves to sip hazelnut coffee, while reading a riveting ghost story, or while typing up an exciting new chapter of her own. After attaining a B.A. degree in Theatre from University of California, Irvine, and attending LACC Acting Academy, an idea sparked for interviewing actors to help student actors. Her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published by Praeger Publishers/ABC CLIO. In fiction, her heroine, psychic & paranormal cleanser Vivien Kelly and her team are in a race to rid the modern world of deadly Celtic creatures in her book trilogy The Kelly Society. Bay of Darkness, the first book of the series is currently released through the Wild Rose Press. Starra lives in upstate NY with her two cats, Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N