Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dark Vow by Shona Husk

Jaines Cord plans to kill the man who murdered her husband, even though killing a Bounty Hunter is said to be impossible. One bullet took away her livelihood, her home and her love. One bullet made by her. Fired from the gun she completed for the Arcane Bounty Hunter.

Obsidian wears the scars of disobeying the powerful Arcane Union. He barely escaped with his life and now lives quietly, in a town the lawmen forgot. When Jaines arrives asking too many questions, he's faced with a decision. Help her or run…again. Obsidian knows that if he flees he'll always be looking over his shoulder. His name is one of the first on the Bounty Hunter's death list.

Yet when Obsidian is offered an opportunity to stop the stone taking over his body in exchange for retrieving the gun, he asks Jaines for her help. Now Jaines must choose: a dead man's vengeance or a living man's hope?

Reviewer: Fashionta
This is a science fiction book that takes place in a different world. A world where a woman is suppose to stay home, have babies, and take care of the house not be taught by her husband to be a gunsmith. When Janie's husband is killed by the weapon she worked on just the day before, she seeks revenge by going after the man who killed him.

She discovers along the way that her husband was not the man she thought he was. She goes through several trials and harrowing adventures and is helped by the one man she didn't think she could trust, an outlaw Arcane member. But in the end she not only trusts him but falls in love with him as well.

This book was a little hard to understand at first as it does not give any real background or set the stage so that you have a basic idea of where the story is taking place, whether this is taking place in a future society that is dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophe or a different world all together. I eventually got the impression that it was a different world.

The book was well written but a little lacking in detail at times. It had all the angst, heartache, and adventure that make you enjoy reading a book. Most of the story was well rounded and made you gasp and cry right along with the characters in the book.

I enjoyed the many similarities to our world so that it was not so unbelievable but yet had magic that a person would like to have if it was real. The two main characters in the book Jaine and the outlaw Obsidian work together quite well and compliment each other the way partners should. The romance was light but warm.

The book has a very good ending that leaves you wanting to read more about this world and how life is there. I kind of got the impression that the ending could lead to more books based in the Arcane World. I give this book a 4.5 for the good plot but drop it to 4 for the unclear way the book starts and leaves you wondering where this is taking place. But over all, I think a 4 is a fair score because the book leaves you wanting more and that is the point of writing, give the reader a bit of hunger to read more of your books.

Publishing Date: Nov. 14, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley


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