Title: Darkness Descends (The Silver Legacy #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Alex Westmore (Broad Winged Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 3, 2015 – 260 pgs
Denny Silver is just a normal college student living a not-so-normal life in the most haunted city in America.
Sure, her lover is a ghost, but in Savannah, that’s not what’s unusual.
What is strange is the influx of supernatural creatures roaming the streets looking to start trouble—with Denny specifically. To fight back against the wave of demons, she racks up one unusual companion after another––from ghosts to witches to demons.
In her search for answers to her supernatural problem, Denny discovers that she is a born demon hunter, and, no, she doesn’t have any choice in the matter. Okay, so being possessed by an ancient demon doesn’t exactly fit into her life plans, but somebody has to do it.
Denny must either accept the mantle of demon hunter or stand back helplessly as the dark forces destroy everything and everyone she’s ever loved.
At least she can always pick up her sword and chain whip to go kick some demon ass. After all, it is her legacy, right?
This book ensnared me from the beginning. I just found so many of the plot points in it intriguing and innovative. Things don’t always go the way Denny, Golden that is, wants them to go. But let’s face it, if they did, we wouldn’t have a story to read. This first book in the series explains how Denny becomes a Demon Hunter, and a little bit about what that entails. I think it’s pretty awesome that her girlfriend is a ghost. And then further on in the book, I think it’s a little sad that her girlfriend is a ghost. Total plot point there, and I did not expect the resolution that Westmore wrote. That actually blind-sided me a bit. I’m still not sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s a great story twist. I’m not sure I totally trust Denny’s tutor, Ames, and I think there’s a reason for feeling that way that will come up in future books. As far as her family goes, wow. Dysfunctional is a mild word, but Denny’s attitude about things is part of what makes her who she is, and why she makes the choices she makes. This was a very good introduction to a new series, and I’m looking forward to reading book two. Why not five stars? Denny gets some points taken off because there was a lot of hemming and hawing about what choice she was going to make, about whether to step into this paranormal world or not. The problem is, I never got the feeling that there was any other choice for her. Everybody spoke about the plans and dreams Denny had for her life, but I never figured out what they were. As far as I was concerned, there wasn’t much that was keeping her from following in her mother’s footsteps. And based on her own values, there wasn’t really any other option she could choose, so I never believed she was conflicted about it at all. Since I didn’t believe in the conflict, it got a little annoying to hear her keep trotting it out as an excuse for holding back. But that was such a minor, minor thing, that I have no problems recommending this book. If you like paranormal stories, this is one you shouldn’t miss.
Denny is a college student looking after her younger sister after their parents were in a car crash, killing her father and leaving her mother catatonic. Her brother is in jail for a horrific murder and her other sister in a convent. Not your usual run of the mill family. There is more to come though. Denny is in a sexual relationship with a ghost, Rush, who has been ‘living’ in their haunted house for years. When Denny’s brother Quick wants her to use a medium to talk to their catatonic mother in a bid to clear his name, she finds out a lot more about her family and it’s a lot more than she bargained for. Her mother was a demon hunter and now Denny has to take on the mantle if she is to save their whole family.
I really enjoyed this book. The story of Denny’s initiation into the job of demon hunter and all of the revelations, bit by bit, about her mother and he family legacy was well told. I was hooked very quickly and really enjoyed the extended group of characters, family and friends, who were there to help the story along and to help Denny in her new life. I loved all the background story of the family and how they had been involved in demon hunting for centuries. As Denny found out about it all so did the reader and it was well teased out. I am glad there is another book in the offing as I want to know more about the whole story and hope that all of my favourite characters will be included. I liked Brianna especially and hope that her relationship with Denny progresses. Rush was interesting and obviously loved Denny but I wanted her to end up with Brianna.
A great read and I look forward to the next one.