Ride of the Darkyrie ~ Urban Fantasy
I'm very excited about this piece. This heroine is so kickass. It's like Dexter meets Anita Blake. I'm having fun with her--she has such a long road ahead of her before redemption.
In each book, Brynn has three conflicts to deal with. One supernatural, one professional, and one personal. The story arc and theme that tie the series together is Brynn’s growth—a heroine’s journey. In the beginning, she’s something not human who lives outside the world, cold and detached. As she follows her quest to claim her birthright as a Darkyrie and the Queen of Hel, she becomes more invested in the world around her and the people/beings she’s sworn to protect as a cop and a goddess. The closer she moves to divinity, the more human she becomes until she feels and experiences things more intensely than a human ever could, including love. She’s torn between two men. Her partner, a man who was once a god and one of her most trusted generals, and the assassin who once lived for her death, but finds she’s not the same woman he vowed to kill.
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I am the daughter of a serial killer.
They say my father was sick, but murder isn’t a virus or some alien bacteria. I can’t deny it’s an infection. His blood runs through my veins, his breath is in my lungs and my synapses fire the way he programmed them. Murder is always there, hanging over me—the familiar stranger.
He was a handsome man—black curls framing a marble Botticellian face. Yet for his classic beauty, he was a chameleon. His skin shimmered and there was something beneath it that was not like them —the ones he hunted. I remember his hands the most, strong and broad. Tools of his trade, their width and breadth meant to span a man’s neck. Meant to crush bone and tear sinew. I remember the way blood looked on those hands, like melted rubies splashed against snow.
I am part of him, but I am not like him.
I’m not like them either—the prey.
Even after all of this, I am a good cop. I have a good reputation. I was the youngest to make detective in my squad. The FBI has invited me to consult on their serial murder task force. I am a shining star.
And they all want to know how I hunt the hunters. What is it that lets me get into their heads and think as the aberrations think? I have no answer for them except to say it’s what I do. It’s what I was born for.
I am a hunter of hunters.
© Saranna DeWylde 2011 © Saranna DeWylde 2012