Draw Down the Darkness (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Apr 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
What I loved about this book was not only the powerful writing style and great story but also the fact that everything that is vital to the book happens in the first 50 pages. After that you are on a roller coaster ride and all you can do is hang on. On one page you go slowly up and you know that on the next you go down again with a frightening speed. But you cannot get out and all you can do is keep on reading.
Even for those who are not into paranormal books this is a must read because the magic is there but its not overdone and believable enough to make you wonder if it really exists.
Terrific principal characters and very, very good secondary characters.
Put Naomi Bellis on your auto buy list and you won't be sorry.
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DRAW DOWN THE DARKNESS has a haunting, almost foreboding atmosphere. The dark sorcery of the Hellfire League doesn't emerge immediately, as Nicholas is initially a doubter that such things exist. Overwhelming evidence begins to convince even the most skeptical of individuals, however, as the mysterious and devious machinations of the League start coming together. Naomi Bellis does a beautiful job at maintaining the right atmosphere for the story to be believable, as it was easy to imagine the dark corridors and hidden secrets that are revealed.
Naomi Bellis gives readers a glimpse of the dark side of the late 1700s as the descriptions are vividly portrayed. I particularly enjoyed the peek into the world of the theater during this time frame as the images seemed perfect for the treachery and intrigue that occur. Naomi Bellis does a spectacular job at not only creating the brooding atmosphere necessary, but also at maintaining the tension necessary to keep the reader interested.
The villain is perhaps the strongest character depicted in DRAW DOWN THE DARKNESS. While the love between Helen and Nicholas is powerful, the evil nature of the Earl of Waring is exceptionally done. Who couldn't help but despise the earl as he bewitches Helen and works his dark magic on all that surround him? DRAW DOWN THE DARKNESS is superbly done paranormal tale that has made this reviewer interested in reading more from Naomi Bellis.
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After donning a gift from Waring, Helen goes through a complete personality metamorphous. Helen begins to act scandalously, becomes enamored w/ Waring, and being unable think for herself, and despising Redfern.
Broken hearted and finding Helen's behavior completely baffling, Redfern finds that Helen may be indirectly involved in the Hellfire club that he is investigating for the Crown. Despite his vow to let Helen go, Redfern is determined to solve his final case and to break Helen free from Waring's clutches.
The story is definitely a Georgian gothic romance w/ some paranormal aspects. While the book was written well, I found myself a little bored w/ the novel. The characters were written well and both dialogue and personalities fit w/ the time period. However, the hero was just too beta male for me. The heroine was a well rounded character who comes into her own becomes stronger as the book progresses. Overall, it was a good interesting read, but not worth re-reading at all and therefore not a keeper for me. If you're into gothic regency romance, this is the book for you. I'm most likely going to skip Bellis's other books unless I find it used.
Draw moves along at a wonderful pace, as Redfern strives to not only stop Waring and the deadly Hellfire League from completing their terrifying mission, but also win back the trust and heart of his beloved.
Draw is Bellis' second novel and [yet again] she delivers a well written book filled with adventure, magic, and red-hot romance. In this book, Bellis not only delights once more with excellent characters, but displays her growth as an author with the intricate yet eminently traversable plotline. Filled with all the promised elements, murder, magic and romance (and more), I found this book highly satisfying. Well worth the buy!
But Sir Alaric things the notorious Hellfire League is up to something and promises Nicholas that he may be free if he succeeds in foiling the plot. And luckily for Nicholas, the powerful earl who is wooing Helen (using dark magic to enchant her), is a suspect.
Nicholas isn't a magic-user, so there isn't a strong emphasis on the paranormal in this romance, even though the bad guys are using some magic and there's a ghost. I'm also not entirely sure Nicholas couldn't have handled his relationship with Helen a bit better before being totally out of touch for years and causing her to break off the engagement... But both characters were otherwise reasonable and fairly sympathetic, although I did wish I felt for them just a bit more than I did.
The writing was competent and the story fairly engaging but the characters were flat - I couldn't describe either the hero or heroine, and even the villain lacked enough character to make me really dislike him. It seems as if the characters were formless in the writer's mind so she couldn't really express their non-existent personalities. Still, "Draw Down the Darkness" an enjoyable paranormal spy thriller - I can recommend it to those who enjoy this kind of story.