Written by: Susan Illene
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Page Count: 386 pages
Publication date: February 14, 2013
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Book one of The Sensor Series.
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. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.
Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene
Darkness Haunts is a fast paced urban fantasy with a strong female lead.
I grabbed this story to check out in my free time and really I'm glad I did. Susan Illene creates a story that is both entertaining and quite gratifying to my urban fantasy requirements.
Melena Sanders is a sensor, which means she doesn’t have many “powers” except she can sense other supernatural beings. Her kick butt strength comes from her service in the military, which I absolutely loved.
Needing to rescue her friend from a bad decision going terribly wrong, Melena finds herself hip deep in supernaturals.
The story was an easy, entertaining and very enjoyable. I found the characters to be a perfect mix of peculiar and unexpected with the lines between good and evil becoming occasionally blurred.
Issues with the story…
Although they were intriguing, something was missing that created a strong connection to the characters. There were also a few “contradictions” in Melena’s powers that caught my attention.
In the end, Illene provides the potential for a great new series to follow. We have possible romantic interests, kick butt heroine and a strong urban fantasy plot. I will definitely keep my eye on this series.