Review: Darkest Power (The Dark Ones Saga #6) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: 238 pages
Publisher:  Van Dyken Enterprises (December 13, 2022)

From "...Eventually, the worship of Horus stopped. For the favored god had finally turned his back on his people—and disappeared.

Until now…"

What's the god of the sky and war supposed to do when I’m stuck in modern-day Seattle with a team of immortals who've dropped me right in the middle of a battle between good and evil?

I move in with Tarek, a werewolf, in an effort to join society and learn about modern times. Then I start my own TikTok and go to my brother’s bar to watch the ridiculous humans attempt to fall in love over and over again.

Listen, I’ve already done my part in saving the world from a catastrophe a month ago—which is how I found myself in this very seat at the bar, stuck in a time that's no longer my own.

I’m bored out of my mind until I start bartending at Sin and am forced to train the new hire—Evi. She's clumsy, shows up late to all of her shifts, constantly has it out for me, and doesn't sleep. Ever. Which would make her a great asset, except as the full moon gets closer, she gets harder to control.

When I find out the truth behind her identity, I know I must go down into the Abyss—to the immortals’ greatest enemy—to help her ascend. If she doesn't, she'll lose an eternity's worth of immortality and pitch the world into chaos. And yes, going to my friends’ enemy is wrong, but I'll stop at nothing to save her.

Even if it means she dies at my hands.


My Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Let me begin by making two things perfectly clear. To begin with, I am not a fan of paranormal romances. I never have been. It's a personal pet peeve of mine and not a reflection on the author. 

The second is that I have seen some people saying that this could be read as a stand-alone novel. And while I agree that it CAN be, I also think the majority of people will be confused if this is the first book from the Dark Ones Saga that they pick up. Heck, I have read all of them,  and I was still confused. 

Speaking on just this novel alone, I liked the Egyptian aspect being mixed in with the Japanese. It was different, and I enjoyed the different "words of wisdom" before each chapter. Horus and Kit were both interesting characters in their own right, and I was extremely interested in both her backstory and the potential for them to have been lovers in another time and place. However, I just never connected with them in the way I think the author meant for me to. This may be because when I wasn't confused and trying to remember the prior books, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information that had been dumped on me just within the pages of this book.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely think that this book will appeal to a variety of people, especially those who are fans of Rachel in general or those who enjoy paranormal romances. It just isn't on my top list for this year. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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