healing gift is governed by 12 Rules of Darkness that she must
follow her entire life. Life in her secluded and narrow
village is hard. From her birth, she is assigned a Protector
to keep her safe. When her grandmother dies, she makes the
painful decision to leave the remote village to start a new
life where she does not feel isolated and dependent.
Katiaís Protector at a very young age. He has taken his
responsibility to heart and has never questioned his status or
devotion to Katia. When she leaves, he knows that Katia does
not truly understand the bond between the Gifted and her
Protector. No matter how she tries, Katia cannot run from
Stoyan, her gift (that she views as a curse) and her fate.
writing is both exquisite and wonderfully creative.
Rules of Darkness employs familiar plot devices and
writing antidotes that resonate through sound writing. The
ending was the only area that didnít hold too many surprises
for me. I still savored reading it. Rules of Darkness
has a contemporary Gothic atmosphere without the camp. I
never knew what was going to jump out of the shadows next,
which made it more than worth my while.
narrative was hypnotic and yummy, kind of like eating a tasty
bag of Jayís potato chips nonstop. There were times
when I thought she was selfish and annoying, but considering
her background and loss of freedom, it was understandable that
Miss Thing was dealing with years of resentment and hurt.
What redeems her character is the reunion with Stoyan. He
bridges that gap to her past and helps her to deal with her
gift. By the end, Katia evolves in so many ways that you
forgive her for all the trouble she puts Ďpoorí Stoyan
mega sexy to the max even when he is being overbearing. I
visualized a tall, dark and silent Eastern European type with
just the right mix of Dracula meets seductive Sorcerer. Heís
old school in the sense he has a strict honor code and sense
of duty. Stoyan could be labeled an extinct species, which
made me want to kick Katia whenever she started acting
of Darkness is a marvelous novel bursting with
supernatural thrills that had me turning the pages. Ms.
Fanning didnít let me down either when things got hot and
heavy between Katia and Stoyan. The sexual tension was
intense, the descriptions steamy. Itís a story I would enjoy
revisiting. Iím hoping that the author will write a sequel
and there are no rules to say I canít keep my fingers