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From Darkness to Darkness (Loka Legends Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2178 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478165340
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00936P0DY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of love and alienation that surrounded this decision. He's been mashing laptop keyboards ever since.

Jay is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a fairly bad dancer. He also thinks that you're really cool. Seriously.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "Seregil of Rhiminee" on 12 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
The first book of The Loka Legends series, The Cat in the Cradle, was Dylan's coming of age story. It was a touching and compelling story about a young homosexual guy, who had to accept his sexuality and feelings. He also had to find a way to save himself and his friends from a killer, who killed Oligarchs.

Here's a bit of information about the plot of From Darkness to Darkness:

From Darkness to Darkness begins in an interesting way. At the beginning of the book Cole loses his friend and family. He almost dies, but he is given the black loka and he's able to heal himself. Because he has the black loka, he becomes the Black Oligarch. Dylan and Tyjinn have spent a lot of time together since the events of the first book. Dylan is sent to help Cole and he has stay away from Cole for a while. He returns to the Lakelands with Cole and has to deal with several things. When Cole disappears, Dylan and his friends have a lot to do...

Before I write more about From Darkness to Darkness, I'll mention that it's a much darker book than The Cat in the Cradle. Because of its dark themes From Darkness to Darkness is a book for adults, but it's also partly a young adult book (I think this book will be of interest to young adults because the young characters and their problems will appeal to young adults).

Jay Bell writes wonderfully about the characters, their insecurities and their thoughts. The characters face several difficult situations and they have to grow and accept changes. The inner struggles of the characters are interesting and add lots of depth to the book.

I liked it very much that the author was able to continue the story in a fresh and exciting way by writing about Cole's problems and how they affect others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trock on 26 Sept. 2012
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SPOILERS I love Jay Bell, and I doubt that I would ever give his books less than 5 stars-but I wish I could give 'From Darkness to Darkness' more! I loved the first book in this series, but this was even better. As soon as I relaxed and realised that new character Cole was not going to come between Dylan and Tyjinn I was absolutely hooked on both the plot and the deepening relationship between the 2 boys. Jay built upon the existing characters superbly and introduced some fascinating new ones. I loved the addition of the colony of talking cats and Kio's back story-and new romance. This was not just a story of good v evil, shades of grey were evident throughout and the themes of how far one not only should, but would go to protect and re-unite with the ones you love showed insight and depth. Even at the conclusion, after everything which happened, Tyjinn could answer 'maybe' when asked by Dylan if he would ever use dark magic to bring him back from the dead.
This sequel was everything and more than I could have asked for-Tyjinn hints at a 3rd book at the end and I can only hope-there seems a lot of potential for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
From Darkness To Darkness 25 Sept. 2012
By sadiejenks - Published on
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I absolutely love reading Jay Bells stories! I read Cat In The Cradle and was very excited when this book came out, but it exceeded all of my expectations! It's a week after I finished the book and I still find my mind drifting back to the story. Wonderful book, wonderful and amazing author. Thank you Jay Bell for your amazing worlds!!!!
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Another winner from Jay 24 Sept. 2012
By Peter Mernagh - Published on
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It was with great relish that I started reading this book, I really enjoyed it, quite like being among old friends. The illustration is also superb. This is obviously a talented household,surprised by the end but in a very good way, I did not want to part with the guys so soon after meeting them.
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Read all of his books 21 Sept. 2012
By J. Gerardot - Published on
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I've read every single one of Jay's books. He has a way of sucking me in, reminding me of my youth and keeping me coming back for more. This book is part two of the Loka Legends. It too is full of excitement that will make you not want to put it down! The love between the characters and the way he sets a scene are so wonderful. Read his books! They're making one of his other books into a movie! Something Like Summer...look for it!
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Could have been better... 20 Dec. 2012
By Blaltimore Phil - Published on
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Actually, I'm a fan of Jay Bell. However , it seems either he does a really impressionable work( Something Like Summer, The Cat in the Cradle) or a mediocre job. Hell's Pawn(another fantansy by Bell) was a bit too far out. The illustrations in this recent work were remarkable. However, it didn't maintain a sustainable interest and leave a lasting impression. It wasn't bad but reading Jay's other books I know he can do much better.
Great YA adventure story! 24 Mar. 2015
By Sarah C - Published on
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****Warning****You must read the first book in the series in order to read this story.

Great YA adventure read. Wow, Dylan, Tyjin and the other Oligarchs are having a rough year or so. First, Krale tried to take all the lokas for himself and now zombies are showing up everywhere. This story is not centered around a particular character. Yes, Cole is the new Black Oligarch but his is just one part of the story. The main issue our characters face in this book involves the Crimson Barry's past (the ghost that helps the White Oligarch). Someone from Crimson Barry's past is out to be re-established in the world and everyone must come together to stop him.

The story starts off with Cole and his best friend, and love, Jonah returning home after a camping trip. There they find their families killed by corpse sludge. Jonah dies trying to end their families' suffering and Cole is not too far from dying as well. The Black Oligarch gives his life in order to save Cole, so not Cole is the new Black Oligarch. Cole is just 16, almost 17. He just lost his family and witnessed the love of his life dying. He is sad, angry and very confused.

Dylan is asked to go and help Cole through this difficult time. Dylan relates to Cole on a deep level because he would feel the same way if he lost Tyjin. On their way back to Dylan's home strange things begin to happen. They are attacked by zombies and Cole seems to be at the center of it. At Dylan's home, Cole is kidnapped and Dylan, Tyjin, Kio, Jack (Dylan's father) and Natasha (White Oligarch) go after him. When they find Cole, old secrets come to light and so begin the race to destroy a man who has survived for over 500 years without his soul.

A lot takes place in this story, but I did not feel overwhelmed. We are introduced not only to the Crimson Barry's past, but to Kio's past as well. Natasha has a lot larger role in this story than in the last. He short back story was very interesting. Cole makes some pretty bad mistakes throughout this story. I had to keep reminding myself that he is only 16 and just lost everyone he loved. I probably would have made some of the same choices he did in the same circumstance. Dylan's need to protect Cole was a bit strong. He feels this need almost immediately. Bell does a good job explaining why, but Dylan was a bit obsessive at times.

If you enjoy a good fantasy, adventure story then you have to try the Loka Legends series. I really hope there will be more books to come. As always, the drawings in this story were beautiful.
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