Thursday, June 16, 2011

THE LION’S DEN by D. N. Simmons

Book Five of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles
Publisher: Create Space
Date published: January 24th, 2011
ISBN: 9781456578732
Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Author

Darian, Elise and Xander have weathered tough times as they dealt with supernatural serial killers, territory challenges and more. This time what they are facing will take them far beyond what they anticipate. For this time, Chicago is at the center of a battle they may not survive. The cat and mouse game has begun. Only time will tell who is the hunter and who is the prey.

I have got to admit, I have waited for this latest book for the last several years, hoping the author would finally deliver the next installment in this gripping saga. I was pleasantly surprised to find, once I got it, a story so original, it blew me away. THE LION’S DEN is action packed, has humor, sinful M/M action and a mystery that had me on the edge of my seat. Ms. Simmons delivers a high octane ride in her latest chapter in the acclaimed Knights of the Darkness Chronicles series. The story flows smoothly, the writing is tight and the characters were very well written. Ms. Simmons delivers, in her latest book set in the supernatural world of Chicago and beyond.

I have to recommend, first off, that you read right from the beginning of the series (DESIRES UNLEASHED, THE GUILTY INNOCENT, HOSTILE TERRITORY & ROYAL FLUSH). Each book capitalizes on the last one so I don’t recommend starting mid-way through the series. The characters continue to amaze me with each book. They grow and evolve with each story and you see different aspects of them that leave you breathless. There are many different supernatural beings mentioned in this series but three are part of the main characters: Darian, The Master Vampire of Illinois, Xander, the Alpha of the Chicago Wolf Pack and Elise, the Queen of the local feline pride.

With each book we see different aspects of the characters as well as the secondary characters. They are full of life and fairly step off the pages. There are some wonderful reoccurring secondary characters that we meet again that had me smiling at times in joy, laughter and happiness. Ms. Simmons has a knack at creating some intriguing characters that have their own personalities that don’t overshadow the storyline. The last half of the book is where the action really picks up as the main characters race against the clock to find who is causing havoc in their city. The climatic ending will have you racing to see when book six comes out as the author leaves you wanting more.

THE LION'S DEN delivers a story so complex, wild and action packed, I suggest you install speed bumps to slow you down. I can attest that you may be up late reading this just to see what happens next. Ms. Simmons is a talented author who is going places. I anticipate seeing her work right alongside Sherrilyn Kenyon and L. A. Banks one of these days. If you enjoy a high octane paranormal/urban fantasy adventure, then I highly recommend Ms. Simmons Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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