The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

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The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

Hieber, Leanna Renee. The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker. Leisure Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0843962970 321 pp. $

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I thought this might be like a Soulless sort of book–it’s a supernatural fantastic fiction debut novel reminds me of a cross between A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, and Sabriel by Garth Nix.

19-year old Percy can communicate with the dead and is part of The Guard, a 7 member group that fights against the forces of darkness. She discovered her powers while away at a school for girls–part of the plot revolves around her impending marriage to her professor, Alexi, who is part of the The Guard. She is being watched over by two spirits from the Underworld who are former members and on the “good” side.

I read about 100 pages. This is not a stand-alone sequel, because of all the referrals to events in the previous book, such as Percy & Alexi’s courtship. Percy is recovering from some ordeal in the team’s last adventure which is part of an epic good vs evil type war that will destroy their world if the Guard doesn’t triumph. I kept wanting to flip back to see if I missed something. There is some indication that Percy, with her unusual talents, might be a god or goddess (or related to one).

Percy’s relationship with Alexi is tinted with her doubts about her appearance and attractiveness (she’s very pale, nearly albino, with piercing eyes) and her lack of experience (she’s gone from no friends or lovers to an engagement to an older man).

The historical setting didn’t really add anything to the story, except for some dress details and concerns over Percy’s reputation if she was alone with her beloved.

The omniscient point of view wavers from focusing on Percy to focusing on one of her guardians to focusing on Alexi, and there isn’t time or attention for a lot of character development. I’m not sure if reading the first book would help or make me feel more connected.

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