Title: The Darkness
Author: L.A. Banks
First published February 5, 2008
384 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780312368746 (ISBN10: 0312368747)
In the aftermath of the battle at Masada, the Neteru team returns to San Diego with the belief that they have eradicated forty-thousand demons and killed Lilith’s spawn. But their relief is short-lived as they realize that the treacherous creature has escaped.
As foretold, the anti-Christ has been born and is growing in power, putting the world in grave danger. Lilith, now rewarded for her creation, has been given the ability to make Councilmen day-walkers, which creates a huge problem for Fallon Nuit and Sebastian.
Adding to their troubles, the dark realms are healing and gaining strength, fueled by the dark energy of the anti-christ. The stakes are higher than ever before, and the Neteru team must act fast to prevent the rise of the anti-christ and save the world from darkness.
About the Author
Leslie Esdaile Banks was an accomplished writer who used several pseudonyms, including Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Esdaile, Leslie Esdaile Banks, and Leslie Banks.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Banks was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program and later earned a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University. She resided in Philadelphia with her loved ones until her passing on August 2, 2011.
To learn more about L.A. Banks, you can visit her page on the Macmillan website.
L.A. Banks’ The Darkness is a thrilling and captivating novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Published in 2008, the book is a part of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and is a thrilling addition to the urban fantasy genre.
Banks, who was known for her exceptional writing style, creates a world that is both terrifying and fascinating.
The novel is set in a world where vampires and other supernatural creatures exist. The story follows Damali Richards, a young woman who is a part of a team of vampire hunters known as the Neteru.
Damali and her team are tasked with protecting humanity from the dark forces that threaten to destroy it. However, when they come across a new breed of vampire, one that is immune to their usual methods of killing, they realize that they are dealing with something far more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Banks’ writing style is impeccable, and she has a talent for creating characters that are both complex and relatable. Damali is a strong and compelling protagonist who readers will immediately root for.
Her struggles and triumphs are realistic and engaging, and readers will find themselves invested in her story from the very beginning.
The plot of The Darkness is fast-paced and action-packed, with plenty of twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. The setting is vividly described, and Banks’ attention to detail creates a world that is both realistic and fantastical.
One of the strengths of The Darkness is its exploration of themes such as race, gender, and power. Banks tackles these issues head-on, and her characters are forced to confront their biases and prejudices in order to overcome the challenges they face.
However, the book is not without its flaws. Some readers may find that the pacing is uneven, particularly in the middle of the novel.
Additionally, some of the secondary characters could have been developed more fully.
Overall, The Darkness is a thrilling and engaging novel that is sure to delight fans of the urban fantasy genre. Banks’ writing is exceptional, and her characters are both complex and relatable.
Despite its flaws, the book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys action-packed, supernatural thrillers.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While the book has some flaws, its strengths far outweigh them, and the overall experience is one that readers will not soon forget.