I read the first book in the series, bound in darkness. I loved the first book and I discovered Dark Angel at my local Barnes and Noble. I immediatly began reading Dark Angel and about 1/2 way through the book, I felt extreamly lost and had no idea what was going on as new characters Siobahn and Tristan were introduced. Also, I kept reading about Isabell and Orlando being in Kivar's clutches. "WHAT?", I thought. Then I realized I stupidly skipped the second book in the series. With most series, you can skip certain books and still understand what is going on due to the backround information the author provides. In this series, that is not the case. I loved this book, but I wished I had read the second book first so I did not feel lost. A WORD TO THE WISE: read these books in order and please do not skip around. This series is worth it! ENJOY!