Necropolis is a city that is, in many
ways, like any other. Necropolis has its upscale
neighborhoods, its slums and everything in between. What it
doesn’t have is humans. The citizens of Necropolis are
‘Other’. Unlike the tales of old, vampires, werewolves,
witches and the other citizens, work and play just like
humans…they just live and play a bit differently.
They had thought they caught their
murderer, but the new murder scene they walked onto had too
many similarities to believe that any longer. The evidence
had pointed to Mel Howard, he was caught, and killed, just
before he could finish off his victim. It appears he had a
partner, and that partner is finishing what he and Mel had
started. Their murderer has chosen a new hunting ground, San
Antonio, and it's going to take all the help the Otherworld
Crime Unit can get to find out who and what they're dealing
Someone powerful has been interfering
with the OCU/SAPD investigation into Samantha Kipfer’s
murder. They’ve focused on Caine and through the media, as
well as political venues, has had him taken off the case.
Caine has put Jace in charge, and he’s not happy about it.
Jace is one of the best evidence collectors that OCS has, but
leadership isn’t something he wants or feels he’s ready for;
When Jace feels something powerful on the
crime scene, he tries to pinpoint where that power is coming
from. Tala Channing has been assigned to be their police
escort while they are in San Antonio, and Jace isn’t sure he
can work with her. There is something about her that bothers
him, something not quite right and it doesn’t help that he’s
having a problem controlling himself, both physically and
emotionally. But that’s because he’s in a human city when it
is so close to the full moon…isn’t it?
Tala knew her assignment was going to be
tough since she was transferred from another department. It
didn’t help that the unflattering rumors about the reason for
that transfer followed her around like a bad smell…add that to
the fact that she was a woman, and tough turns out to be an
understatement. Jace Jerico is something that will make this
assignment go from tough to damned near impossible.
Everything in her wants him. His voice, his body…his eyes
draw her like nothing she’s ever come across, but he’s ‘Other’
and not for her. Best to try to get this case solved as
quickly as possible so she can get him away from her.
Someone important is pulling strings.
Getting the team kicked out of San Antonio is going to make
solving who is behind the murders more than difficult, now it
is going to be closer to impossible. Will the connections
they made with the San Antonio police department be enough for
them to work together from two different cities? Jace is hard
pressed to believe that...but one could only hope.
When I read Blood Secrets, the
first book in the Valorian Chronicles, I fell in love
with this world and Dark Lies just drew me in
deeper. Vivi Anna has the ability to draw me into her worlds
so quickly and totally that I have no idea what’s going on
around me (just ask my kids) and real life just fades away
into the background.
The characters in the Valorian
Chronicles are multi-faceted and explored so thoroughly
that they feel very real, very ‘human’. Dark Lies
took me from the crime scene, to the lab, and into the lives
and homes of this very talented Otherworld Crime Unit, as well
as into those that their lives touched effortlessly and
realistically. I can do nothing other than totally, Joyfully
Recommend Dark Lies. If you love action and
emotionally packed stories, I recommend you pick up both
installments of the Valorian Chronicles. You won’t be
disappointed…just be prepared to lose your connection to real
life for a few hours.