Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene
Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat.
Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska – a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone – but not unarmed.
Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. And danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks, and if she wants to get Aniya back, Mel is going to have to step right into the middle of it.
Review by Bunty:
I took quite a while before deciding to give this new series a chance. There’ are no regrets whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series. Melena Sanders is a very courageous heroine.
She is loyal and got herself into a lot of trouble by going to Alaska to search for her missing best friend. She used her special gift to find her friend who had been captured by the vampires and other supernaturals.
I find the narrator, Chris Dukehart did a good job. Her voices for the different characters were easily distinguished. The plot was good.
Review by Tim Greaton:
Susan Illene is an impressive new author who has successfully translated her military skills and love for all creatures supernatural into a convincing and well-written tale of danger, action and supernatural intrigue. Her world, a parallel civilization to our own, is crawling with vampires, werewolves, witches and pixies–and that’s only the start. If you can imagine a creature of legend, chances are you’ll find it here, running a local dance club, living in an apartment next door or driving a bus load of children to school. In short, I utterly loved the merging of our modern world with Illene’s brand of legend and lore.
Melena Sanders would be a normal, attractive, retired military girl (much like the author, it would appear from the bio) if it weren’t for two unusual abilities: Melena can sense and recognize any supernatural creature, no matter what kind of disguise it might be wearing, and she is completely immune to magic. Unfortunately for her, those are two traits that supernatural creatures (sups as we come to know them) absolutely abhor. So, Melena might as well be wearing a target on her back when she travels from California to Alaska in search of a missing friend. The fact that this rural, northern state boasts one of the highest concentrations of sups in the country makes her quest all the more perilous.
The twists and turns of the story are fun, surprising and, in some cases, shocking. There are moments when it seems almost certain that Melena cannot survive, and her ever-deepening and varied relationships make this a must-read for anyone drawn to the supernatural and paranormal genres. I especially love the interaction and evolution of her relationship with Lucas, a powerful nephilim who seems to want her dead and alive at the same time.
This is a truly fascinating first book, and I expect to be an early customer for book two in this “Sensor” series.