on 8 September 2013
I have spent the last 7 weeks reading this entire series and have to say it is the best most complete and compelling series of books I have ever read. From the 1st page your hooked and it becomes an obsession to find out what happens next, but it does not end with this series the books roll seamlessly into the ascension series which introduce characters from the other SM Reine books. These characters just meld straight in and are so fascinating that I now have the Cain series and the moon series to catch up on. This series is a must for anyone who likes this genre of books. Without doubt the best author out there, and will not disappoint.
"Dark Union" sure is a fitting title, because the Union of kopis and apsis sure is dark and its motives are suspect. You don't just round up kopis and apsis and witches by force unless you are a bit iffy. Where do they get their money from? There cannot be all that many Mr. Black type kopis - at least not if they are doing their jobs the way they are supposed to. But messing with friends of Elise might not be the smartest thing these guys have ever done. Especially not an Elise that is bursting with anger from all that happened in Darkest Gate.
Elise and Anthony are angry with each other, angry with the world and angry with the sense of helplessness that they feel. We are like that sometimes. Helplessness, grief and confusion are bummer feelings to have so anger can be a tempting feeling to replace them with. We get a lot of anger in "Dark Union". A lot of it.
On top of that Elise has to struggle with this new strange bond that she and James have managed to impose on themselves. They actually know what the other person is feeling and can see what they are doing if they think too much about the other person. No wonder James is in San Fransisco with Stephanie. What an awful thing to experience for humans. Especially for some one as private as Elise is. They are both trying to control the bond, but when her pain is too great it becomes a bit difficult for Elise to control how much she shares.
Anthony is finally beginning to realise that he wants more out of their relationship than Elise is willing and able to give. Another thing to add to the simmering pot of feelings.
I'm trying to figure out if anything happy happens in "Dark Union". Let's see. There is one thing. At one point Elise is challenged about her "greatest kopis" status. That is a fight that is both satisfying and without deadly intent. Getting one over on the Union is also a satisfying (but worrying) episode for Elise. Those Union people - especially the leaders - are great big rear ends (don't want to offend all the asses out there).
So, if you want cheer, "Dark Union" is not for you. But if you are like me and enjoy the darker side of humanity, jump right in.
on 6 November 2013
"The relationship between a kopis and an aspis is more permanent than marriage; more fatal than family, closer than the oldest friends" says McIntyre - kopis in this novel. Unfortunately the rift between James Faulkner (aspis) and his kopis (Elise) is widening. James is away meeting his girlfriend Stephanie's parents and Elise has no alternative but to continue her task as kopis with the assistance of her boyfriend, Anthony.
Anthony is grieving for the loss of his cousin Betty (see the Darkest Gate) and is pressing Elise to marry him and start a family - his reaction to being told that she cannot have children is less than supportive and I started hoping that she'd simply dump him.
McIntyre's lies leads to the Union (of kopis and aspis)'s capture of Elise and Anthony prior to the bi-centennial meeting between the humans; infernals (demons) and the ethereals (angels).
My only complaint with this book was that it's too short!!
*I read the free epub version on smashwords. Review also published on smashwords.