Dark Awakened by H.D. Smith

Last spring Claire’s seemingly normal—if not totally screwed up—life was tossed on its head. For five years she’d been one of the damned—a human that knows the truth about the otherworldly among us. She’d worked for The Boss—the Demon King himself—as his administrative assistant, handling everything from early retirements, to Maintenance’s incessant requests for dental.

No one gets dental.

Then she walked into Purgatory—totally not her fault—went back in time, and awakened powers she never knew existed. Now Claire has a prophecy hanging over her head, a diamond ring hidden in her sock drawer, and the blood of a long dead royal running through her veins.

And it’s only going to get worse.

Her vow to live free or die takes a serious hit when she’s forced back under The Boss’s protection. Of course, there’s no protection from fate, or the Bounty Hunter sent to deliver her to Purgatory. And as if being “the girl” in the prophecy wasn’t enough, Claire soon discovers there are three other contenders for her role—two of whom want her dead.

Follow more of Claire’s adventures in Dark Awakened, the second installment of the Devil’s Assistant Series, to find out if she’s lucky enough to escape with her life, or if she’s just the first notch on the next contender’s belt.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Dark Awakened picks up exactly where Dark Hope left off, yet it gives the reader enough information to jump into the series even if the reader hasn’t read Dark Hope.

This book answered some questions for me that I still had after reading the first book. It also cleared up my confusion about the realms, by clearly stating that the Underworld is not one of the realms. However, it didn’t answer all of the questions I had from the first book. I guess this is intentional to keep the reader hooked, so the reader will have to read the third book. I’m willing to hang on for a while, but if questions aren’t answered by the third book or so, I’ll probably lose interest in the series.

Some people might perceive Claire’s relationship with one of the characters as being incestuous. It’s really a matter of perspective. I don’t want to say much more about this because I don’t want to give away anything.

I was confused by the last sentence of the book, not knowing what it referred to. I don’t like it when I close a book with a scowl on my face.

Despite this, I thought Dark Awakened was a great urban fantasy story. The world and characters are easy to picture and believe. I think that the author did an excellent job of getting the reader to suspend disbelief, especially considering all the weird, fantastical stuff in this series. I never doubted any of it. It seemed very real to me. I know some people are more skeptical than I am, but I think most readers of this genre will enjoy how imaginative this writer is.

I thought this book was easier to follow than the first book. Both books, though, are well-written with good character and setting descriptions. Neither book had many errors.

I definitely recommend the Devil’s Assistant series to urban fantasy fans, especially if they are looking for a book with no sex scenes and lots of otherworldly action.

HD Smith has been writing for over ten years. She is a software developer by day, working for an awesome cruise line in Celebration, FL.

HD grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997.

She has Computer Science degrees from Clemson University (BS) and Florida Institute of Technology (MS). Her other hobbies include painting and screen printing. She enjoys creating t- shirts inspired by the places in her books.

For more information, visit HD’s website at http://www.hdsmithauthor.com/

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