Darkkin Queen (The Demon Accords) Paperback – June 1, 2020
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- ASIN : B089J3TQ2K
- Publisher : Independently published (June 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 333 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8650289708
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
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The one thing that impacted me most in this book was Stacia's response during the discussion of what would happen if Declan died. It was incredibly poignant and puts to rest any questions of their bond. I thought this the most worthy piece of the entire book.
Another thing that I find incredibly annoying in these continuing stories is the worry of Declan going ballistic. Enough, already. That guy, more than anyone else, has proven his maturity and self-control over and over. He is also half a leap year ahead of the rest of the team in figuring things out in most instances. Well, except Stacia. She is smarter than he is most of the time. It's time for him to nut up and stop doubting himself, as well. Just get over it and move on.
The fight with the Ancient was pretty cool and should mute some of the complaints that Chris, et al, are too powerful. It was about time they got a wake-up call.
I was also disappointed by the lack of reaction when the Elders got an up-close and personal visit from Barbiel. It was a first meeting for them, a very significant meeting, and they just... failed to find it noteworthy.
There are certainly things in this book which will have a definitive impact in future books, so by all means read it. I'm just a little disappointed it took so very long to get this out when there really isn't all that much to it.
At the time that this book was released, the world is facing a crisis unlike anything in my lifetime. Covid-19 is a very real threat that has swept through the world and continues to wreak havoc, particularly in the US. Our world doesn't have an Omega computer that can seize charge and force world leaders to cooperate in a time of global crisis, but part of me wishes it does. To borrow a quote from the book, "Folks, the paradigm has shifted. The world is not as it was. Face it."
I don't know how much of the book Conroe had written before Covid-19 rose to prominence. Perhaps it is a coincidence that the themes of this book are so tragically timely, but I don't think so.
Aside from the real world parallels, DQ was a fitting entry. To start with, it was a return to the first person writing that Conroe started with, and has occasionally drifted away from. I have long maintained that his style of writing is best suited for first person, and I hope that he continues with at for a long time to come. It is also worth noting that since Declan became a main character in Executable, he and Chris have shared the spotlight. Looking back, it's been a long time since we had a book dedicated to our fallen angels. Caeco may have followed a different character, but it heavily overlaps with Declan's story. Demon Driven was about Declan, though Chris did share the POV scenes with him. The compendiums went back and forth, but Summer Reign was a Declan story, and Winterfall was another split POV. Snake Eyes was the last time we had a book that was soley from the POV from Chris or Tanya, and it was released almost four years ago real time, and at least a couple of years ago in-universe.
Darkkin Queen doesn't ignore Declan anymore than Demon Driven ignored Chris. But it also doesn't hold back from being Tanya's story. This was a story that was best told from Tanya's point of view, and indeed, would have lost much of its weight if it was told by another character.
I won't go into too much detail about the plot for the sake of spoilers, but suffice it that it is the Demon Accords through and through. And after sixteen books, two compendiums, a stand alone novel, and countless characters that continue to draw me in, I don't think anything else needs to be said.
I understand how a new story line or plot divergence can take over a book or a series. There is a lot going on in these books. We have demons, Faerie, the Vorsook and humanity's own competing interests. There's Chris and Tanya, Declan and Stacia, Caeco and many other characters who could, all by themselves, provide fodder for new books. It's tough to keep all these interlinked stories up-to-date and moving forward.
I just finished it a few days ago, and already, I'm eager for the next volume. I just hope we get a little more resolution in the next one.
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Negative points over, it is a totally enjoyable escape from reality. The book itself is told from Tanya's viewpoint and you get a real feel for what she is like and her days. The central theme is preparation for the Vorshook invasion. You see all the old favourites in the book and there is sufficient action to keep you involved. I liked the short interludes with her twins (in fact I would have liked more). I won't say any more because that would spoil it for you
At one point they were challenged about being “too powerful” and I found myself agreeing with the challenger.
My other criticism is that... yet AGAIN...some shady government types try to get at Chris through his children. You’d hope that they might just have realised by now what a stupid thing this is to do. It’s getting a bit repetitive.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and am too invested to ever stop reading them; but this one felt like it was marking time.
On a more positive note, it was good to see the world through Tanya’s eyes; she and Stacia are, in so many ways, the soul of these books.
Looking forward to the next one.
I get the impression that some DA fans have been less than thrilled about the author spending time writing books not in this series & I wanted to take this opportunity to say that I genuinely appreciate all of his hard work & I will take whatever I can get from his brilliant imagination whether it's set in the DA world or one of the others he has created ☺
I'm looking forward to the next instalment in whichever series. I enjoy them all.