Barak q’Young is an Other and therefore
reviled by the Paladins amongst which he works and lives.
Rescued by Dr. Young and in turn her savior, Barak wants to
make a life for himself on this side of the barrier but runs
into obstacles most of the time. Usually those obstacles are
huge Paladin warriors not wanting him to even breathe the same
air as they do. Tired from constantly having to defend
himself and seeing how it is affecting his friend, Barak
agrees to a transfer to another lab. He wants to help in the
fight to find the person responsible for selling the gems that
light his world and in doing so hopes that he will become
accepted among the people that call him enemy.
Lacey Sebastian has spent her entire life
watching her brother fight for his life time and time again in
the ongoing battle between the Others and the Paladins. When
she is told that her new lab assistant is none other than the
Other that was rescued by Dr. Young, her ire knows no bounds.
She refuses to trust in someone that could betray her at the
blink of an eye, until she comes to know him. In Barak
q’Young, Lacey becomes aware of many contradictions. He is
not the loathsome subhuman monster that she grew up learning
about in different horror stories. He is kind, loyal and
sexy. Quickly falling under his spell, Lacey is unsure how
she will keep him in her life. Torn between her love for
Barak and her love for her Paladin brother, Lacey has
decisions to make. Decisions that involve more than just
herself and her selfish yearnings.
Barak and Lacey work well together and in
turn become very close. The battle between the Others and the
Paladins rages on because blue gems are still being stolen and
sold. When his beloved is kidnapped, Barak decides enough is
enough and makes the choice to save her, even at the cost of
his very life.
If I could say anything to Alexis Morgan
at this moment it would be, “Bravo!” I have been dying for
In Darkness Reborn since reading Dark Defender.
Fully anticipating Barak’s story but unsure if I would like
the romance between he and Lacey, I should have known that I
didn’t have anything to worry about. Written in such a way
that was completely realistic, In Darkness Reborn
captured my attention, kept me spellbound, and wound its
way around my heart. I fell in love with Barak from scene one
and ached at his yearning to be accepted not as a monster but
as a man. I found his devotion to Lacey eye opening and
romantic. Lacey’s characterization was classic. The victim
of an overbearing and stubborn older brother, I loved how she
ended up having both her brother and Barak wrapped around her
Fully not expecting the storyline to take
the turn it did, I have to admit complete surprise at the
end. I love when authors stump and surprise me and Alexis
Morgan did just that. The only thing wrong with In
Darkness Reborn? It didn’t come with the next
installment and I have to wait until December for Cullen’s
story. The time can’t pass by quick enough; I am just that
hooked on this series.